Monday, May 2, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

I originally posted this over a year ago, but since it is a family favorite, and my photography skills have improved a bit, I thought I would update it and re-post!  I hope you enjoy!!

It is a true blessing when family is also your best friend.  When I moved back to Nashville from Atlanta one of my favorite parts about being home was the proximity to so much of my family.  Mom and Dad were not far, Allen and Maggie were just a few minutes away and a plethora of cousins, aunts and uncles were only a quick car ride from my house!  More often than not I could be found on my aunts back porch having a beer discussing what was going on in the family.  We laughed, we watched the dogs run around the backyard, we solved the problems of the world, one Michelob Ultra at a time!  

When I was craving a home-cooked meal and some sound advice from a trusted advisor I would always call my aunt.  Well one day my cousin, Marguerite's youngest, was over helping me move some furniture and he said he was heading home for dinner.  When I asked what they were having he said he didn't know to which I replied "well call your mom and find out".  It was decided that they were having buffalo chicken sandwiches.  Well I didn't think I liked buffalo chicken sandwiches but since I was in the mood for good company and what was sure to be hilarity of some sort I decided to head on over and join them for dinner, though I was certain I wasn't going to like the sandwiches....I didn't like buffalo sauce after all.  

Que the light bulb!  I devoured my sandwich in minutes!  It was perfect, delicious and had just the right amount of heat to really make you sweat a bit.  Ever since that heavenly dinner these hot sandwiches have been some of my favorites and every time I make them people flock to have another!

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
4 chicken breasts, cut in half
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon Emeril's Essence
Salt and Pepper
1 bottle Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1 stick butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Canola oil
Wheat buns
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Blue Cheese dressing

Pour the flour, Essence, salt and pepper in a ziplock bag.  Rinse the chicken breasts, trim off any excess fat and cut each breast in half.  
Place the chicken in the ziplock bag and coat with the flour mixture. Heat canola oil in a large skillet.  Once the oil is hot, add each piece of chicken carefully to the oil.  
 
Cook the chicken until it is browned on both sides.  
Remove from oil and place on a wire rack to keep the bottom from getting soggy.  
In a separate sauce pan, melt the butter, then add the bottle of hot sauce along with the garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  
 
Once the sauce is well combined dip each piece of chicken in the sauce, top with provolone cheese and melt the cheese under the broiler.
  
Serve on a wheat bun with lettuce, sliced tomato and blue cheese dressing.
When I first posted this Emory was 5 months old....now he is 15 months old....look at how big he is!!!
Playing with the new puppy!
Swimming with Daddy
WEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE  MORE!!!
Sophie is taunting Percy outside the fence 
Snugging with Knocky!
I think Maggie is smitten over the new addition as well!
Annie is NOT!
Annie is not amused by her new outfit
Doesn't he look sharp!?!
LOVE HIM!!!
Tired baby!
Dogs, dogs, everywhere, dogs!
She will always be the princess!
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