Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich

wendys-spicy-chicken-sandwichWendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich really packs a punch especially for a fast food sandwich.  Part of what I love about this Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich is just how spicy it is.  Wendy’s doesn’t hold back on the spice level on this sandwich!  I have been looking for a recipe for Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet sandwich for a while and I finally found this copycat recipe which really delivers.

If you are looking for chicken finger with a kick, you could make this Spicy Chicken recipe by simply pounding the chicken cutlets and then cutting them into strips. Cutting them into strips makes this recipe perfect for serving as an appetizer.


  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 4 plain hamburger buns
  • 8 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 7 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup Red Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat 7 cups of oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees. You could also use a heavy skillet and fry in small batches. For a healthier version, broil the chicken in the oven.
  • Mix the pepper sauce and water in a bowl. Combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, onion powder, paprika and garlic powder in a different bowl.
  • Pound each of the chicken pieces until about 3/8-inch thick. Trim if necessary to help it fit on the bun. For easy cleanup, place the chicken in a zip bag before pounding.
  • Coat each piece with the flour, then roll it in the watered down pepper sauce. Coat the chicken again in the flour mixture and set it aside. Repeat for other fillets.
  • Fry the chicken for 10 minutes or until they are brown and crispy. Remove the chicken to paper towels to drain.
  • Prepare each sandwich by grilling the face of the hamburger buns on a hot fry pan. Spread 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise on each bun. Place a tomato slice on the mayonnaise, then stack lettuce on top of the tomato.
  • On the bottom bun, place one piece of chicken. Assemble and serve warm.
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