Ok, say it with me…“Two fried chicken patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun!” And there you have it! A Chicken Big Mac!! Hehe!
Why not, right?? We love fried chicken sandwiches, so I combined two of our (homemade copycat) fast food favorites into one amazing sandwich!! My hubby enjoyed my “Chicken Big Mac”, I opted for a “Chicken Little Mac”, (which is just a single), and you could certainly make “Chicken Mini Macs”, too!!
Two large chicken breasts cut into 4 pieces each, pounded very thin…
…then double-breaded and chilled…
….and fried to a deep, rich, golden brown!
Can you almost taste it?!!
This almost didn’t come about. I had heard somewhere that in other countries outside of the U.S.A., McDonald’s actually serves these. So after googling it, and seeing what they looked like…I almost shied away from it.
(There’s just something about the perfectly formed, round, “pieces parts patty” that made me shiver…) …just me??
(*Above photo of an actual McDonald’s Chicken Big Mac from Bing Images)
Then. I got to thinking. Homemade always looks and tastes better, so I gave it a shot! I made the homemade “special sauce” recipe (*that’s from the 1969 McDonald’s handbook in case stores ran out), and my own Chick-fil-A copycat for the fried chicken breast (my hubby’s favorite!), and a new star sandwich was born!
The only thing I screwed up was that I didn’t have any of my homemade Creamy French Salad Dressing on hand this time of year, so I subbed a dab of store-bought Catalina that I had on hand instead. I had bought that stuff about a year ago to copycat it (*see my Classic Catalina Salad Dressing – AWESOME!), and that manufactured stuff must’ve had a LOT of food coloring in it! So though the taste was still fantastic, and just as spot on, that dressing turned the “special sauce” into a lovely color of…FUCHSIA. So I highly recommend that you just make my homemade french dressing for this. (The color will then be the pale orange that we’re all familiar with, and the flavor of the sauce is perfect.) Purchased French Dressing will also work ok…but…why? 😉 Homemade is so much better! (And you can use my extra salad dressing for salads for the rest of the week to lose these extra calories from this crazy-good sandwich!) Win-win!!
I also didn’t have sesame seeded buns, and just used regular. They also worked perfectly fine. So just use whatever you like. Even poppyseed or onion rolls would be wonderful if that’s what you’d prefer!
*And yes, you counted correctly! I actually had one large chicken breast, and one that was a lot smaller. So I got 4 pieces out of the big one, and 3 out of the smaller one. So if you just use 2 large ones, you’ll get 8 pieces easily. (*Go ahead and coat those two little tougher parts that you trim off from the breast, (*trimming off the connective tissue that makes it tough), and use those to test the oil to make sure it’s hot enough so that you don’t wreck your pretty pieces. And be sure to time them so that you have a very good idea of how long to cook the rest. They also make nice little nuggets to munch on while cooking the rest of the chicken!)
Those who do the work, get the perks! 😉
So, though I have no idea of what a “McDonald’s Chicken Big Mac” tastes like, as they don’t sell them here, I think I have come up with quite a fantastic, novel sandwich that will be enjoyed for years to come! I so hope that you give these a try someday soon, too! If you enjoy a traditional Big Mac, and also happen to love a great fried chicken sandwich, you’ll fall in love with these as well! They’re easy to make, few ingredients, and very economical to boot! What’s not to love?
–> My Homemade Creamy French Dressing works best in the “Special Sauce”.
–>Check out my Copycat Big Mac, too, if you’d rather go traditional and hankering for a great double cheeseburger!
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