My friend Tony taught a fabulous class at my store, Kitchen Gallery. The class was about stepping up your tailgate. Well Tony did just that and offered up these super yummy spicy fried chicken sliders with spicy mayo. Wow! They were good. Notice the pickle on the plate. Those little beauties are homemade cajun pickles. Yes, he made those too and I will share that recipe soon!

spicy fried chicken slider with spicy mayo

Fried Chicken Sliders

4 chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 quart buttermilk
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Peanut oil, for frying
4-6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cayenne
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 – 2 packages of sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls
Tony’s Spicy Mayo

How to make spicy fried chicken

Take four chicken breasts and slice them in half horizontally. (Lay them flat on a cutting board, place one hand flat on top of the breast, and using a sharp knife slice through the chicken breast horizontally. It's easier to start at the thicker end.) Pound the halves until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Now cut the thinner pieces into smaller square pieces
that will fit on a dinner roll, about 2 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch squares.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a glass casserole dish, mix the buttermilk, hot sauce and cayenne. Now add the chicken pieces into the buttermilk mixture making sure that all the chicken is covered. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2 hours.

Preheat a deep-fryer or fill a cast iron skillet with oil until it is about 1/2 to 1 inch deep.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.

Into a large paper bag, measure the flour, cayenne, garlic powder, smoked paprika and salt and pepper. Shake off excess buttermilk mixture and place the chicken, a few pieces at a time, into the bake and shake to dredge. This can also be done in a large plastic

Place the chicken into the hot oil and fry until golden and crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove from the fryer onto wire cooling rack and season with salt and pepper.

Slice the rolls in half. Spread some spicy mayo on each half of the roll, place a pickle or two and 1 piece of spicy fried chicken onto the roll.

spicy fried chicken sliders with spicy mayo

Tony’s Spicy Mayo

Now lets talk about that spicy mayo.  It is amazing! This little sauce is delish and totally makes the sandwich.

1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
3/4 cup mayo
2 tablespoons of Creole mustard
1 tablespoon of Frank’s Hot Sauce
Juice 1/2 lemon

How to make spicy mayo

Chop the shallots and put into a small bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients, incorporating it together well.
Cover and refrigerate before using. This is best if it sits for an hour or two before using.

Tony was right at home in our store’s kitchen! It was so fun having him. Stay tuned for those cajan pickles.

Tony Weingartner in the Kitchen Gallery Kitchen

Tony in the Kitchen Gallery Kitchen



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