Back when I didn’t put that much thought into what I was eating, I would eat a lot of Wendy’s . . . specifically their Spicy Chicken Sandwich. I ate lots of them. Even now, I still get a craving every once in a while. But since too many preservatives give me a headache, I have to keep my distance.
I once bought a cookbook that has (healthy) copycat recipes of quite a few fast food favorites. When I saw there was a version of Wendy’s Spicy Chicken in it, I was beyond excited. Since Corey also loves their Spicy Chicken Sandwich and he often prefers junk food to home cooking, I consider it a small victory that he loves this version as well. It is so incredibly good. It will (almost) make you forget about the original.
Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich Clone (makes 2 sandwiches) - adapted from Fast Food Fix: 75 amazing recipe makeovers of your fast food restaurant favorites
2 tsp. flour
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of garlic powder and turmeric
6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 egg whites
2 tsp. fat free milk
7 T. panko bread crumbs
In small resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, cornstarch, paprika, cayenne, salt, garlic powder, and turmeric. Shake to mix well. Add the chicken. Shake to completely coat the chicken with flour mixture. Place in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a small, shallow bowl, combine the egg whites and milk. Beat with a fork until smooth. Place the panko on a small sheet of waxed paper. Dip the chicken into the egg white mixture, making sure to coat completely. Dip into panko to coat completely. Repeat dipping into the egg white mixture and panko crumbs. Place on baking sheet. Season both sides to taste with black pepper.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the breading is crisp and chicken is no longer pink inside.
Serve on bread and with toppings of your choice. I use lettuce and low fat mayonnaise. Yum!
I served the sandwich with some roasted asparagus drizzled with barbecue sauce. I may not be wearing green, but I have green on my plate. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
What is your favorite food from a fast food restaurant?