Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich with Sriracha Mayo

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This spicy, Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich inspired by Chick-fil-a is made with lean chicken breast brined in pickle juice and buttermilk, served with pickles and sriracha mayo  – SO good!

Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich
Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich

Fast-food fried chicken sandwiches are my weakness. So, it doesn’t get much better than a healthier air fried chicken sandwich you can make right in your kitchen, anytime! These Pickle-Brined “Fried” Chicken Sandwiches are so good with moist, juicy meat brined in a combination of pickle juice and buttermilk served on a soft potato roll with pickles and spicy mayo. I have a ton of healthy air fryer recipes and an air fryer cookbook if you’re new to air frying!

Air Fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Although this recipe needs to soak a few hours, once it’s ready it takes under to minutes to make! You can let it brine in the morning, then come home and cook it later, or leave it overnight for extra flavor.

What does pickle juice do to chicken?

Pickle juice is the perfect marinade for chicken breasts since they are so lean and can dry out easily. The salt in the pickle brine tenderizes the chicken, so it’s moist and gives it a pickle flavor.

If you love pickles, this chicken sandwich recipe is definitely for you! If you’d like a more subtle pickle flavor, marinate the chicken for six to eight hours instead of overnight.

How to make fried chicken sandwich in air fryer

Inspired by Chick-fil-a I started with breast meat then cut the breast in half. I brined it a few hours in pickle juice and buttermilk to make the chicken extra flavorful. Then it gets coated in a seasoned flour, then in egg and back into the flour. I have the G0Wise 7-quart air fryer (affil link). To air fry, I used special parchment paper with holes to prevent the coating from sticking to the air fryer and lightly sprayed the chicken with oil. This gets air fried 380F 14 to 18 minutes, turning halfway.

Do you have to use perforated parchment paper in an air fryer?

I had to test this recipe several times because the flour kept sticking to the air fryer basket before turning over the chicken. The solution that worked for me was using special air fryer parchment paper with holes for the airflow. The perforated parchment paper ensures you don’t clog the air vents, which can cause a fire.

It’s important to note you don’t want to put the parchment in the air fryer unless  you have food on top. Without any food, it will blow around and burn. Of course, if you want to make this fried chicken and don’t have parchment, the chicken still tastes fine if some of the breading sticks to the basket and comes off.

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Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich with Sriracha Mayo

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334 Cals 35 Protein 31 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
brine time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 33 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
This spicy, Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich inspired by Chick-fil-a is made with lean chicken breast brined in pickle juice and buttermilk, served with pickles and sriracha mayo – SO good!

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 16 ounces
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • olive oil spray
  • 4 tablespoons light mayo
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 12 dill pickle chips
  • 4 whole wheat potato rolls, such as Martins

Instructions

  • Pound out the thicker end of the chicken breast to make the thickness even on both ends, about 1/2-inch thick, this will ensure the chicken cooks even, then cut each breast in half to make 4 pieces.
  • Whisk buttermilk and pickle juice in a bowl.
  • Add chicken and toss to coat; cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl.
    flour for chicken sandwich
  • Whisk egg in another bowl.
  • Line the air fryer basket with an air fryer parchment liner (these are sold on Amazon, look for parchment with the holes).
  • Working with one chicken breast at a time, dip chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Then into the egg and back into the flour, using the back of a fork to coat well so it adheres.
  • Shake excess then transfer to the prepared air fryer basket and spray tops with oil.
  • Air fry in batches as needed 380F until golden and cooked through, about 15 to 18 minutes, turning halfway depending on the thickness, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165°F.
  • Meanwhile combine sriracha and mayo in a small bowl.
  • To assemble sandwiches, place the mayo on the top of rolls, place the chicken on the bottom roll followed by the pickle chips and tops of rolls.

Notes

Tested in the G0Wise 7-quart air fryer (affil link)
Skip the brining step if you are using Kosher chickens, they are already brined.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 334kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 796mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 7g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 8
Purple Smart Points: 6
Keywords: air fryer chicken breast, air fryer chicken sandwich, fried chicken sandwich

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183 comments

  1. First of all, that brine makes the chicken so juicy and flavorful! I did two batches. The first I used the nonstick rack in the air fryer, but the breading pretty much came off in a sheet. We patched it up and still tastes delicious. The second batch, I put parchment on the rack and used a hole punch to put holes all over it. That helped, but it still wasn’t perfect in terms of the crunch I was looking for.  Flavor of the chicken, breading, and the pickle chips was still great! 

    It’s important to temper your expectations—chik FIL a is fried. This is the skinny version and as such, it totally hits the spot! 

  2. I don’t have an air fryer. Can this be baked in the oven? If yes, temp and time to back. Thanks
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  3. This was delicious! I’m not rating it because I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I don’t have an air fryer, so I used my oven set on convection at 380°. Next time I’ll set the temp a little higher since the chicken was done before it browned as much as I wanted. I have an air fryer-type basket for my convection oven, and that’s what I used with an air fryer silicone pad that has holes in it. The breading pretty much all fell off. I didn’t spray the silicone, since I usually don’t need to, but I’m wondering if that would have made a difference. Anyway, even with almost no breading, the sandwiches were delicious and I’m definitely going to experiment with this recipe some more. 

  4. This was sensational. I followed recipe exactly. 
    I kept batches warm in oven.
    I’m thinking of making a mini/slider version for entertaining. Thank you. 

  5. I was very skeptical about how crispy these would be because I have not had good luck getting things crispy and browned out of the air fryer.  I  am thrilled to say that these came out exactly like the picture shows and are juicy and delicious!  The taste was very close to Chik-Fil-A and, since I live in a small town in Nebraska, being able to have a great tasting chicken sandwich at home is a wonderful treat.  I think the key is brining with pickle juice. I didn’t have buttermilk so I used Greek yogurt and it worked fine.  I have a Ninja Foodie XL and I cooked it at 400F for 16 minutes. Thank you for a new favorite!!

  6. I made this yesterday for dinner! OMGOODNESS! So good. My husband was silent the entire time he ate. Then he said, OMG THAT WAS DELICIOUS! I did change up a couple of things: I used parchment paper and cut out to fit the shape of my air fryer and cut some holes (someone else suggested & it worked!), spray, I used chopped up pickles because we didn’t have any pickle chips, and last I opted for a keto bun that was only 50 calories. Great dinner! Taste just close enough to chick fil a for me.

  7. I used my actual WW app points calculator (blue plan) and it came out to 8 points for blue. Is that how you calculated the points? Wonder why I got a different number. 

  8. Lordy mercy were these gooooood!! I followed everything except I had to use the oven 425 for 15 then flip for another 10. Even my son woofed it down to my amazement because he only likes chicken if it’s McDs chicken nuggets. I had to use Martin’s regular potato buns because I couldn’t find the wheat ones. But they are only 30 calories more. I am down almost 40 lbs this year thanks to your amazing recipes.

  9. My family loves chick- fil- A fried chicken sandwiches but I’ve always opted for their grilled sandwich instead although I have tasted their fried sandwich. Your recipe is an excellent tasting alternative and much healthier. This is the first time I used my air fryer and the recipe was a complete success. I didn’t use parchment paper and I didn’t lose any of the breading. I only used 4 ounces each of pickle juice and buttermilk and it was sufficient. 

  10. Delicious! Tasted a lot like Popeyes chicken sandwich…my picky husband LOVED IT. I preferred the chicken with just Mayo (and no sriracha) on top!

  11. Where on earth do you find the ww potsto rolls? I dont even see them on amazon ??? 👀😊🤣

  12. Do you leave the chicken in the buttermilk and pickle juice mixture for those 6 hours? Or do you just toss to coat and then put on another plate to be chilled?

  13. I am in awe that these sandwiches are only 8 points! They are delicious! I do have a question though. Does the 8 points include a Martin’s potato bun that Gina recommends? Those are 4 Weight Watcher points. I used a lighter 2 point bun so am wondering if I can subtract 2 points from the 8 points it’s listed at?

  14. Thank you so much for this recipe. It is so delicious. My son says you have ruined chick fil a for him because of this recipe and the brined chicken tenders.  We get so excited when our pickles are eaten and we have to use the juice for one of your recipes. I also love the Cuban ham roll ups. Yum!  Your recipes are the best. 

  15. We absolutely loved this one. I didn’t have the special parchment paper so I just sprayed the air fryer heavily with cooking spray and sprayed both sides of the chicken with olive oil spray. I had no problem with the coating coming off. The flavors were delicious. My daughter said this was her favorite Skinnytaste recipe yet. 

  16. I made this for lunch today….. IT WAS SO GOOD!? my husband loved them so much, he had a second one… 
    I sprayed my air fryer basket with non stick spray and didn’t have any problems with the batter coming off. I followed the recipe for the most part…. I didn’t have any chicken breast so I used chicken thighs cut in half because they are a little bigger. I fried for a total of 20 min and turned them over after 13 min. I also used sour cream in place of the Mayo.. I will definitely make this again! Thank you Gina! 🤗

  17. We have a Brevel air fryer/toaster smart oven. Followed the receipe and put holes in parchment paper. Chicken was very juicy, but coating was wet on bottom and fell off when tried to turn it over with tongs. Coating was not crispy at all. Although there was flavor, it lacked the great flavor other recipes have. I found myself trying to doctor it with other seasonings. I hope there will be a version 2.0 because I’d love to replicate Chick-fil-a’s chicken!

  18. For those of you having trouble with the crust falling off, I skipped the first coating of flour, and went straight to the beaten egg and then to the flour. The chicken fried up beautifully and I didn’t need the parchment paper. I cooked mine at 390 degrees, but that was because I forgot to check the setting 

  19. Spray the parchment paper and the breading stays on!!! Took one batch to figure this out! 

  20. For the first batch I used regular waxed paper that I made holes in..it stuck to the chicken and breading was falling off.  For the second batch I didn’t use waxed paper and sprayed the air fryer well with oil.  No breading came off and they turned out better.  

    Very juicy chicken. I was hoping it would have more pickle flavor but there wasn’t too much. 

    • Wax paper I am not sure if its ok for an air fryer? Not the same as parchment. Glad you for it to work. If you want more pickle flavor let it brine longer.

  21. I have a Pampered Chef air fryer and when I went to flip these halfway through all the breading fell off – any tips to prevent that in the future? I sprayed really well with olive oil!

  22. Love, Love, LOVE this recipe! The pickle juice is the secret ingredient and the whole sandwich is delish! Hubby love it and I’ve made this several times – big hit in our house. Thanks Gina for sharing a great recipe within the calorie count!

  23. Just can’t get this recipe to work.. back to the Gina Chicken Pickle Tenders!

  24. wow.. I say this as the world’s biggest ST fan. We didnt have the airfryer perforated sheets til tonight so we did the oven version a few days ago. Total failure. Got the sheets from amazon and made them tonight and the flour stayed on the outside after cooking and the crust wasn’t good at all. Easily our least favorite ST recipe ever. We have all the books and love so many recipes but this was a hard fail for sure.

  25. You can buy pickle juice packs. I get ours at Wal-Mart right by the pickles and olives. My husband uses them for his Spartan races.

  26. Think this could be made dairy free (leave out the buttermilk)????

  27. No air fryer? It is a beautiful day, so we tried this on the grill. We put the chicken on a cookie sheet sprayed with oil. A grill mat would probably work good to. We cooked the ckicken around 375-400 degrees. It took around 15min and we carefully flipped half-way through. They turned out pretty crispy and the breading stuck. My husband said we would try closer to 450-500 degrees next time to make them even more crispy! This was a wonderful change up from simple grilled chicken!

  28. This was super tasty and was loved by my entire family. In terms of air frying- I didn’t have the parchment paper so just sprayed the basket very well with oil. Also, I put the breaded chicken in the freezer for 10 minutes before cooking which often helps breading stick better. I did flip about 9 minutes through VERY carefully and didn’t lose any breading. Be sure to spray chicken with oil before flipping. 

  29. The flavor is great but I ran into the same issues as others regarding the breading coming off. I ended up not flipping it just so we could have one side that was crunchy. The chicken was super tender and juicy though!

  30. Hmmm I’m a fairly good mom-cook and most of my breading fell clean right off. Great recipe but based on the comments there’s a puzzle to figure out there — it’s not the parchment paper.

  31. Overall, a good recipe! I didn’t have the special parchment paper but used plain parchment, cut it into a circle the size of my air fryer rack, folded it into 1/8ths, and then cut small holes along the edges ( like making a snowflake). I think the reason the holes are important are to allow the juices to drain which allows the bottom to get crispy. I sprayed the convection paper and used tongs to carefully flip the chicken, and the breading stayed on! I pulled them out when the temp just reached 160F. I sprinkled some sea salt on the chicken after they were done as I felt the breading needed just a bit more. I used less siracha for the sauce and added chopped dill pickles instead of used the whole pickle slices. The kids liked them!

    I also did a batch in the oven at 400 deg convection and the bottoms got soggy just on a tray, so next time I would use put them on a wire rack.

  32. All the breading slid right off.  Tasted good anyway, but would love to to hear tips for keeping the breading on the chicken

  33. SO yummy that I had this for lunch for the second day in a row today! I was unsure about the marinade but it really works. My only issue was that the breading doesn’t stay on. I tried it once with the parchment and once without (and, strangely enough, it stayed on better without the parchment) and a lot of it came off both times. Is there a trick to getting it to stay on? It’s super tasty and crispy…thanks!

  34. Made these chicken sandwiches last night and this recipe will be on repeat!!😋

  35. HOW is this sandwich so good?? It’s so simple, but it’s perfect! I’ve made the pickle juice brined chicken tenders before and the pickle flavor was a little too much for me. But this half buttermilk half pickle juice combo gives the chicken such a wonderful flavor. The seasoning in the flour makes the breading so delicious, and the spicy mayo just puts the sandwich over the top. Whenever I make a skinnytaste recipe and it turns out amazing, I tell my husband, “In Gina I trust.” Cheers!

  36. can you make this in oven not air fryer? please respond would like to make asap. Thank you!

  37. It was a winner! I subbed onion powder for the garlic (allergies) and still was outstanding. But my Cuisinart Air Fryer cooked it faster. So for those with this type of air fryer, I will reduce heat to 360 and 7 minutes on each side. I even made my own parchment paper with holes thanks to google!

  38. Yummmmm!

    My first batch stuck to the parchment, so I just sprayed the air fryer tray and the remaining batches came out perfect.

    While the family complained that they didn’t look like Chik-Fil-A sandwiches (not as much breading), everyone loved the flavor! 

  39. Gina, I love your recipes but this wasn’t an easy air fryer recipe. The parchment didn’t work for us and after all of the coating coming off.. I got rid of the parchment and just put the chicken in the air fryer basket and it was fine. Maybe I did something wrong? It was tasty!

  40. Update to previous post: I figured it out and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Thank you!

  41. What are the WW points for just the chicken and mayo without the roll? thanks!

    • look up how many points the bun is, on whichever plan you’re on, and subtract from how many points she has it listed as…

  42. Maybe it’s my inexperience using an air fryer, but I had a lot of problems with this recipe. Am I supposed to preheat the air fryer 380 degrees before putting this in or just turn it on to 380? I bought the liners that you suggested but when I tried to turn them, they stuck and all of the breading came off. Please help.

  43. Amazing flavor!! Better than any chicken sandwich I’ve had out. I used gluten free flour. I baked it at 425 for 15 mins, flipped it and baked another 10 mins. Make sure you spray the chicken well. Absolutely will make this over and over again.

  44. She does it again!!! Thanks Gina, this came out so so good and was really so simple.

  45. Delicious and easy! Just plan ahead for enough time to marinate.

  46. What if you don’t have an air fryer? Can the chicken be cooked in the oven?

  47. This recipe was DELICIOUS! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free cup for cup flour and it was great! Can’t wait to make it again.

  48. Delicious! I didn’t have enough pickle juice so I used what I had.  Maybe 1/3C and subbed coconut milk mixed with a couple scoops of yogurt for the buttermilk. I sprayed the top and bottom of the chicken before air frying to make sure there was no white flour visible afterwards. Turned out perfectly. And so juicy! I found unbleached parchment with holes on Amazon too. Thank you!!

  49. This recipe was the absolute BEST! I could not believe how crispy the chicken was. My daughter actually said it tastes like Chic Filet. Thank you Skinny Taste. You are my favorite go-to for recipes.

  50. This was delicious!  I forgot to marinate the chicken, so I added some pickle juice to the egg wash and it gave it a hint of that flavor. My kids don’t do well with spicy, so I used ketchup instead of sriracha. My whole family loved this and two votes for better than the sandwich that inspired it!

  51. This recipe seems delish but was a complete disaster for me. I used regular parchment paper so I guess that’s where it went wrong? Maybe air fryer parchment paper is magical somehow – oh well….

  52. I made this tonight. Delicious. My only issue was I either sprayed too much oil or didn’t drip them enough bc they were very wet on the bottom- but I didn’t want to flip them bc I was worried the breading would come off. I ended up cooking them all the way, then flipped them. But some of the breaking sill came off.  But these are so so so yummy. 

  53. These look yummy! Is there something I can use in place of the mayo? I’m not a fan of mayo. Thank you!

  54. Can you omit the flour maybe use breadcrumbs? Just saw this recipe on instagram and looks delish.

  55. Just made this & for some reason my chicken still looked flour-y when it came out. It was cooked all the way through. What did I do wrong? 

  56. The Martin Whole Wheat Potato Roll – how many calories? Is it a slider roll? I’m on calorie based food plan and sometimes I don’t use a roll. The slider shows as 100 calories but your roll looks larger. Is it 130 calories? Thanks you.  Have been making your recipes for many years now 

  57. Hi! I’m confused with the calories. If it’s 2 breasts, each 16 Oz, each person would get an 8 Oz portion. And that would be close to 400 calories. Not including anything else. But the total for the meal is 334. Help!  Thanks 🙂

  58. This was delicious! I knew I was going to have a lot going on this weekend, so I marinated the chicken around 8 PM the night before making this. I made a past salad that called for buttermilk, so it was perfect making this to use up the rest of the buttermilk.

    For those asking about gluten free flour, I used it but some of the spots I dredged in flour were still all white after baking in the air fryer. Nonetheless, the flavor was fabulous.

    I ended up with 2# of chicken breast, which meant lunch for everyone the next day! I used Famous Dave’s pickles and juice. So good!

  59. Loved this recipe!! I didn’t realize how important the parchment paper would be, I’ve never used it with the air fryer before, but luckily I had some normal parchment paper and just poked holes in it. I changed the end just a little by adding a hot sauce/honey/coconut amino glaze and it was a total hit. Will definitely be making this one again and again!

  60. How many of the calories stem from the bun you chose? I can never find whole wheat potato buns. 

  61. I love all of the recipes on this blog. Something odd happened on this one. I followed it to the letter and the chicken was tough and flavorless and the breading on the bottom of the chicken slid right off. I did use the air fryer parchment as instructed. I expected a crispier interior but, when I bit into the chicken, what remained of the breading came off in a slippery sheet, leaving the chicken behind. 

  62. You did it again Gina!  Made these for dinner tonight. Haven’t had Chix-fil in years!!  This was so good my 32 year old son kept asking “this is a diet recipe???”  I too baked it on a rack in the oven @ 425 for 20 minutes. Perfect!  Thank you!!!

  63. Did you use dill pickles or bread n’ butter pickles?

  64. I am confused about the 2 lbs of chicken for 4 servings. We are cooking for 2. I made these tonight and cut the recipe in 1/2, but I only used one chicken breast that was about 8 oz for both of us. I’m thinking it should be a total of 16 oz for four portions. Anyway. We really enjoyed these. I served them on 647 rolls, which are only 2 points each on WW, but they had a hard time living up to the heft of the delicious sandwich. I would totally make these again.

  65. By pickle chips do you mean pickle slices or like actually potatoes chips? It looks like slices but 🤷‍♀️.

  66. Omg this recipe is delish. I didn’t marinade the chicken in the buttermilk over night – I only did it for like 30 minutes and it was stillll so good!!! I also don’t have an air fryer and cooked on low broil and it was amazing. Bravo, Gina! 

  67. Can this be made without flour – on a no sugar/no flour regimen?

  68. This was delicious but my breading stuck to the parchment. Was j supposed to spray the parchment?

  69. This recipe was very good and enjoyed by everyone.  I doubled the amount of chicken since there was plenty of brine.  The chicken was tender and juicy. 

  70. OMG  made this tonight was sooooo yummy.  Didn’t have Buttermilk only skim milk added some vinegar to it and then the pickle juice.  Tasted great. Thanks again for your yummy recipes.  I remember when you first started the Blog.  Your a lifesaver.

  71. Don’t know what happened but I just made this and the breading didn’t stick. I used parchment paper in the air fryer so that wouldn’t happen but it came off. How do I avoid this?

  72. What air fryer did you use? So many choices 

  73. Is the bread included in the WW points count?

  74. Where can I buy pickle juice?  

  75. Made this tonight – it was a huge winner! My husband immediately shared the recipe with his friends 🙂 The chicken was so juicy! I did 15 minutes , flipped once, and it was cooked perfectly. Don’t have parchment paper for the air fryer so I just sprayed it well with oil and it worked fine ! Thanks for sharing this recipe !!

  76. This was delicious, I decided to include Japanese breadcrumbs in the breading process that you used in the Spicy Chicken Sandwich recipe in your One and Done cookbook.  I didn’t have time for the chicken to marinate six hours but it was still very good.  I have an oven style air fryer and sprayed the basket well with Pam and had no problem with sticking.  Guess I’ll be saving pickle juice from here on!  

  77. This recipe is AMAZING! My husband wants me to make it again tomorrow. LOL! Even better is how easy it is! A WINNER ! 

  78. This was a huge hit! My chicken didn’t take as long to cook, but they were fairly thin. My 12 year old had two sandwiches and my husband who doesn’t like mayo kept complimenting the Sriracha Mayo. Thank you for another awesome recipe!

  79. Is this 2 – 16ounce chicken breasts or 2 breasts totally 16 ounces?

  80. This looks so yummy but I abhor pickles…is there a substitute for the brine I can try?

  81. Do you have a recommendation for a good air fryer?

  82. Can I use spicy pickle juice? 

    • I haven’t tried but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it comes out if you try it!

      • We didn’t have a full jar of pickle juice, so we subbed 1/2 cup of hot banana pepper brine and it was AMAZING!! It reminded me of the goodness of your Slow Cooker Italian Beef Hoagies recipe but without the red meat. Not spicy really, but we did top with extra peppers and pickles. 

      • Sounds good!

  83. What kind of air fryer do you use?

  84. This sounds amazing! Do you have to use the parchment paper?

  85. And where does one get a cup of pickle juice?  I mean, the first time, you can drain it from a jar of pickles, but what does that do to the pickles that are left?  And what about the next time?

  86. Sounds delicious. I am on KETO, and I use almond or coconut flour instead of regular flour? Thanks,Pam Giving it 5 stars as it sounds good

  87. I don’t have an air fryer, can I make it any other way? It sounds delicious!

  88. I have same question as Heather. No air fryer…can this be made in the oven?

  89. DO you think almond flour will work instead of all purpose for keto reasons?

  90. Any recommendations for what part of the recipe to freeze the chicken if making ahead? In other words, would you recommend freezing once brined and breaded, or air fry/cool/freeze and then air crisp to reheat?

  91. Can I “make” buttermilk by adding white vinegar to regular milk or do I should I just buy a small carton of buttermilk?

  92. Can I just poke holes in regular parchment paper or do I need the special paper?

    • You should use the air fryer parchment paper which has holes for the airflow, the regular type can cause a fire. Or you don’t have to use any paper, but you may lose some breading if it sticks.

  93. Does this call for 2lbs (“2 16 ounces”) of chicken or should it just be “16 ounces”? Thanks!

  94. what if you can’t use dairy? Is there a sub for the buttermilk?

    • Did you find anything for this? I’m giving it a go with making my own dairy free buttermilk with 1c unsweetened plant based milk and 1T white vinegar. It may be a colossal fail but fingers crossed it isn’t 

  95. Does the air fryer need to be preheated for this recipe? Cannot wait to try this!!

    • I’m so excited to make these! My son was just asking me to make fried chicken sandwiches! I won’t tell him they are ST even though he always loves the recipes I make of yours:) Question. How many points are your whole wheat potato rolls? I can’t find those in my area so I was just curious. 

  96. Gina, I am trying this soon! I LOVE the Chik fil a chicken but definitely want to make my own! My question is have you tried a substitute for the pickle juice that would be just as good? My thinking is that I won’t have a full cup of pickle juice from my pickles. And also, I will want to make it a lot especially this summer, to avoid higher calorie barbecue foods. Sound I just make a quart of dill pickle brine? TIA!

  97. I’m curredairy free and usually substitute oat milk for any other milk. Do you know if that will work with this? How much flavor is lost?

  98. Hi! Do you mean two chicken breasts, each weighing 16 oz? Or two chicken breasts, for a total of 16 oz?

  99. Anyone have an idea if thin greek yogurt could be a sub for buttermilk? Trying to think about what I could use if I don’t have buttermilk on hand…

  100. What kind of pickles do you use for the pickle juice? Bread & butter? Dill?

  101. I can’t seem to subscribe to your email broadcasts.  Keeps telling me my email isn’t in correct format…..

  102. this recipe sounds so yummy… but I don’t have an air fryer 🙁 Do you have any guidance on how to cook this in the oven instead? Thanks so much!

    • I don’t have an air fryer (yet) either, but I do have a convection oven. Most of the air fryer recipes I cook in the convection oven and it achieves the same crispy ‘fried’ result.  Just thought I’d chime in with that tip! 

    • Would love to make this but I too don’t have an air fryer — any oven directions you can provide? (Temp/cook time)?? Thank you!!

    • I’ve made “fried” chicken sandwiches in the oven before. Just follow the posted recipe and after lightly spraying the floured chicken, put them on a baking rack (you might want to spray that as well) over a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending on how thick they are. 
      Hopefully this helps.

    • Is letting them sit in pickle juice, for only 2-3 hrs ok? I don’t really want a super pickley taste, but also it’s because I don’t have a lot of time to do it. Would they still do what they need to do? 🥴

  103. Oh my goodness, you were making this on Instagram last week and said the recipe would be coming soon. I couldn’t wait for the recipe, so my kids and I watched your Instagram video over and over again to listen and see what you were doing. We recreated it this weekend and OH MY were the results AMAZING!!!!! This is our NEW favorite sandwich and I’m SO glad that the recipe posted….I bet it will be even better!!!!!!