Air-Fried Crispy Pickle-Brined Chicken Sandwiches


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Air-Fried Crispy Pickle-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

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    These tangy, crunchy sandwiches let you enjoy state fair food year-round in the comfort of home.

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    Serves 2
    1 c. Hy-Vee lowfat buttermilk, divided
    ½ c. Wahlburgers fresh dill pickle chips, drained; divided
    ¼ c. Wahlburgers fresh dill pickle chips juice
    2 large sprigs fresh dill
    1 (8-oz.) D&D Poultry chicken breast, halved horizontally into 2 cutlets 
    ¾ c. finely shredded green cabbage
    2 medium radishes, cut into thin matchsticks
    2 tsp. coleslaw dressing
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee corn starch
    1 c. Hy-Vee plain panko bread crumbs
    1 tbsp. salt-free blackened seasoning
    1 ½ tsp. chopped fresh dill
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    1 tbsp. Sriracha
    1 ½ tsp. Hy-Vee honey
    2 Hy-Vee Bakery sesame buns, split and toasted

    Things To Grab

    • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
    • 2 small bowls
    • Wire rack
    • Rimmed baking pan
    • 3 shallow bowls
    • Air fryer
    • Small saucepan


    1. Stir together 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup pickle chips, pickle juice and dill sprigs in a small bowl. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 24 hours, turning chicken occasionally.

    2. For slaw, stir together cabbage, radishes and dressing in another small bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    3. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking pan; set aside. Combine flour and corn starch in a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs, blackened seasoning and 1-1/2 tsp. chopped dill in another shallow bowl. Place remaining 1/2 cup buttermilk in a third shallow bowl.

    4. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture; discard buttermilk mixture. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Dip chicken, one piece at a time, into flour mixture to coat; shake off excess. Then dip in buttermilk and coat in bread crumb mixture, gently pressing to adhere. Place chicken pieces on wire rack in baking pan. Freeze for 10 to 15 minutes or until coating is set.

    5. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees according to manufacturer’s directions. Generously spray air-fryer basket with nonstick spray. Place coated chicken pieces in a single layer in basket; spray with nonstick spray. Close air fryer and air-fry for 10 to 13 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees, turning and spraying occasionally with additional nonstick spray.

    6. Meanwhile, heat butter in small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Stir in Sriracha and honey; remove from heat and set aside.

    7. To assemble sandwiches, arrange remaining 1/4 cup pickle chips on bun bottoms. Top with chicken, Sriracha, slaw and bun tops.