Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fried Chicken Sandwich

If you've never been to Bakesale Betty, then you are seriously missing out. Many folks from across the Bay Area line up to get a taste of her fried chicken sandwiches ($7.75). And they are so worth the wait. Crunchy chicken and spicy slaw served in an Acme Bakery torpedo roll. De-friggin-licious! While there aren't any tables to sit at inside, there are stools and ironing boards (yes, that's right, I said "ironing boards") that are set up outside on the sidewalk. Bakesale Betty 5098 Telegraph Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 985-1213 My office recently had a potluck picnic, and while I was perusing fried chicken recipes that would stay crisp for a picnic, I came across a SF Gate article where Betty shared her recipe for her famous fried chicken sandwich. I LOVE Betty's version, but I wanted to do a bit of an Asian twist. Below is my adaptation of her recipe. Don't get overwhelmed by the recipe below. It may look like a lot of ingredients and steps, but essentially you are making the fried chicken, the coleslaw, and the vinaigrette. But if it still feels too daunting, you can always just head over to Bakesale Betty and order up one of theirs.

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup red wine vinegar
4 jalapenos, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced

6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup lime-infused olive oil

1 cup water
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

oil for frying
8 torpedo rolls (or other large sandwich roll)

1) In a large ziploc bag, combine the grated ginger, grated garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, and cilantro. Mix well and place chicken thighs in bag. Marinate for 1/2 hour.

2) Place 1 cup of red wine vinegar in a medium bowl. Marinate the sliced red onions for 1/2 hour to quickly pickle them. After 1/2 hour, remove the red onions to a large salad bowl, but don't dump out the red wine vinegar. You'll need to reserve 6 tablespoons to make the vinaigrette.

3) To make the vinaigrette, whisk 6 tablespoons of the reserved red wine vinegar, mustard, salt, and olive oil.

4) To make the coleslaw, combine the pickled red onions, jalapenos, parsley, and cabbage together in a large bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette.

5) Fill a cast-iron skillet with enough oil so that it is just under half-filled. Turn heat to medium.

6) Mix all the ingredients for the batter together in a large bowl.

7) Mix all the ingredients for the coating together in a large plate.

8) When the oil is hot, dip 4 of the chicken thighs in the batter. Lift out and dredge in the coating and shake off excess. Carefully place in the hot oil and fry for 5-7 minutes per side. Remove to a wire rack (with cookie sheet underneath to catch the oil).

9) Repeat with the remaining for chicken thighs.

10) To serve, place coleslaw on bottom of roll and top with two chicken thighs. Slice in half, if desired.

Makes 4 large sandwiches or 8 smaller sandwiches.

Ed's Note: I like the tartness that the lime gives to the vinaigrette. If you can't find lime-infused olive oil, then just use regular olive oil. You could also try adding the zest from one lime.


carl said...

Wow that looks wonderful! can't wait to try that one myself. Thats crazy that she would share a famous recipe like that! But i guess most people would rather buy one then go through the whole process themselves!


rox said...

The sandwiches were delicious, Ed. I can only imagine how great they were freshly cooked! Thanks for sharing the yummy eats.

Chris said...

Nice job, Ed. I like the Asian spin on it, love the chicken marinade. I'd be tempted to use some cilantro in the slaw too.

Ed Tep said...

Carl - Yeah, I was also really surprised to find the recipe. Hope you have a chance to make it soon!

Rox - They were amazing fresh! And I think they held up pretty well for the picnic. I let the chicken cool to room temperature before wrapping each one in paper towels. Then I put them in brown paper bags.

Chris - I think you could easily swap out the parsley for cilantro.

Julie said...

Just found your blog...everything looks great! I'm wishing for one of these sandwiches right now :)

Jaime said...

Oh. My. ED! This looks like I need to be whipping up one of these! Yum!