A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about my favorite junk food. I mentioned that my favorite fast food sandwich out there was the Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich. In the comments, lots of you chimed in saying that you loved it, too! And a few even requested that I make a copycat cleaned up version. Well, ask and ye shall receive.
I’m not sure a baked version will ever completely compare with the crunchy shell of a deep-fried sandwich from a fast food restaurant, but thanks to a highly-seasoned panko breading, this sandwich is pretty darn close! The panko gets nice and crunchy in the oven and the three-layer breading adds tons of spice and flavor. We are totally in love with these sandwiches.
One of my favorite things about these sandwiches is that they are a great way to stretch out chicken. So often, recipes call for one chicken breast per serving, but by pounding these out thin, you get two sandwiches per normal-sized chicken breast. Pounding out chicken is an easy way to get the most bang for your buck.
We like to think that a chicken breast is a single serving, but a regular grocery store chicken breast can be 2-3 times the three ounce serving size for chicken. By pounding them out, the chicken cooks more quickly, you get an accurate serving size and you save some cash. Awesome, right?