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Pickle Brined Hot Chicken Sandwich

Traeger Kitchen


Pickle Brined Hot Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

25 Minutes

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We’re infusing Nashville’s favorite sandwich with unbeatable wood-fired flavor. Our hot chicken sandwich recipe combines the city's famous tongue-tingling heat with Traeger’s signature hardwood taste, for a combo that’s fit to headline the Grand Ole Opry.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

    Steps

    • 1

      In a medium bowl, combine pickle juice and chicken thighs. Weigh thighs down if necessary to make sure they are completely submerged. Place in the refrigerator to brine overnight.
    • 2

      When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 450°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Place a cast iron pan on the grill grate while the grill preheats and add canola oil (should be about 1/2-inch deep).
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    • 3

      Remove the chicken thighs from the pickle brine and pat dry.
    • 4

      In a medium bowl, combine both flours and a pinch of salt. Mix well to combine.
    • 5

      In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, hot sauce, egg and a pinch of salt. Mix well to combine.
    • 6

      Season the chicken thighs with salt. Dip the thighs in the flour mixture, then buttermilk, then back into the flour mixture. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining thighs.
    • 7

      Place wire rack directly on the grill grate next to the cast iron of oil and bake chicken for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 150℉.
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    • 8

      As chicken pieces come to temperature, transfer them 2 or 3 at a time to the preheated oil to crisp the coating and finish cooking.
    • 9

      For the Butter Hot Sauce: While the chicken is cooking, melt the butter and combine with the hot sauce, brown sugar, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
    • 10

      Remove chicken from the oil when the internal temperature reaches 165℉ and dunk in the butter hot sauce mixture.
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    • 11

      Build the sandwiches with buns, mayonnaise, pickles, cabbage slaw and hot chicken. Enjoy!

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