Fast Food Chicken Sandwich (Gluten Free)

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Besides a big hamburger, a fried chicken sandwich is the 2nd most popular item on fast food menus, and why not?  It’s crisp, rugged around the edges, juicy and tender on the inside.   Folks, grilled chicken just doesn’t stand a chance against breaded!  I used to have this exact recipe back in the day, you know the pre-Celiac day.


If you don’t have to eat gluten free, then going to a restaurant and looking at the menu is easy peasy, you get whatever you want, and you’re done!  Not so easy for those that have to painfully examine each and every item!  I’m not whining here, just saying it’s not as simple as getting what you want.  You see chicken sandwiches are breaded, usually with flour, bread crumbs, or panko. This means you’ll almost never see a gluten free fried chicken sandwich on the menu, at least not anywhere in KY and surrounding states.  Trust me, I’ve looked!  Not only do you have to worry about what the sandwich is breaded with, but you have to worry about having a dedicated fryer.  That’s why people with Celiac Disease can’t just eat any french fries although potatoes are naturally gluten free.  If they are deep fried in a fryer that has had breaded stuff in it, then you can get gluttened. Not fun!

Speaking of fries, some of you may know that I have a fry addiction, er, had, as in past tense!  I used to be addicted to McDonald’s hot salty fries!  Every chance I had I would get an order.  I made a meal many times of a fry and a coke.  The McDonald’s app is not your friend!  The $1 fry coupon is an evil plan to make you continue to eat there! When the coronavirus broke out, we stopped all fast food, actually all restaurants in general.  So I can honestly say I haven’t had McDonald’s french fries since the end of January!  No, I’m not kidding!  Do I still want them?  No, I don’t, but I’d soooo love to have a Wendy’s burger…..  We chose to give up eating outside the home 100% due to Covid-19.  It’s our personal choice, so please don’t send me hate mail saying it’s stupid and you eat out all the time and never got sick, good for you! We have a kid that we really worry about with his immune system and are trying to keep sickness out the best we can.

Moving on to the actual reason of this post, the wonderful amazing chicken sandwich!!  When I first found this recipe in Top Secret Recipes book, I knew we had to try it!  It’s a recipe for Carl’s Jr. breading.  Seeing how I’ve never eaten a sandwich or anything for that matter from Carl’s Jr, I can’t bank on it for being truly authentic, but who cares!  It tastes great and that’s all that really matters!  The easiest way to fix this sandwich is in a deep fryer.  Even if you just use it occasionally, it’s soooo worth it when you’re doing recipes like this and of course my beloved french fries.

I’ve found during lockdown that the thin cut fries you can find in the freezer section at your grocery store taste a whole lot like McDonald’s.  You’re welcome for that incredible tip 😘

We have a large deep fryer from Sam’s Club.  My old one that lasted many years was from Emerrill.  I love that it has a built in filtering device. So handy!

  • This recipe is the same non gluten free, just use regular all-purpose flour.


[lt_recipe name=”Fast Food Chicken Crispy Chicken Sandwich” print=”yes” ingredients=”1 large egg;1 cup water;1 cup all purpose flour, gluten free or regular;-1 1/2 tsp salt;1 tsp paprika;1 tsp onion powder;1/8 tsp garlic powder;

4 chicken breast fillets;” ]Beat egg, then combine with water in a small shallow bowl;Coat each chicken fillet with flour, then dredge it in egg/water mixture.;Coat chicken once again in flour. Set aside till all are coated.;Fry in deep fryer set at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or till light brown and crispy[/lt_recipe]

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