While some people love burgers, I consider the fried chicken sandwich to be America's most important sandwich staple. What is it that makes a proper fried chicken sandwich so darn good? As it turns out, there are a few traits that the best ones share.
In almost every case, the sandwich should feature a chicken thigh rather than a breast. If a breast is used, it must be small, and it must be pounded thin for optimal fried surface area. Thighs are naturally juicier and more flavorful than chicken breasts, which are prone to drying out—and usually too large for a sandwich anyway.
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Equally important, however, is the bread used for the sandwich. There are two different camps when it comes to fried chicken sandwiches, those that use a soft and slightly sweet burger-style potato bun and those that use a biscuit. Fried chicken sandwiches that go the salty-pickle route, like those served at Chick-Fil-A and David Chang's Fuku, are typically accompanied by a bun like this and usually include coleslaw slaw and/or pickles of some kind. Conversely, biscuits are more commonly used for fried chicken sandwiches that go the sweet-savory route, which is most often accomplished by adding honey butter. One of the best examples of this can be found at Fancy Nancy in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, where the fried chicken biscuits are served with hot sauce and honey butter. In case you were wondering, yes, these chicken biscuits are incredible.