Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

I made these for the super bowl. Jim loves hot wings, and I saw the Neely's make this on the food network, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I used Ranch dressing for the coleslaw, but you can use blue cheese dressing instead if you like, we don't like blue cheese dressing. These turned out Yummo!! but spicy, but buffalo wings are spicy right? Yum!!

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 small package coleslaw mix
1/2 cup ranch dressing (approximatly 1/2 cup)
Salt and pepper
sliced pepper jack or provolone cheese
Hard rolls (I like the kind you can get a walmart, perfect texture for sandwiches)

First, marinade the chicken breasts. In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup hot sauce. Place chicken in a ziploc bag, then pour hot sauce mixture over the chicken, zip up the bag and mush the marinade around on the chicken. Let chicken marinade in the refrigerator for a few hours. (I put mine in the fridge in the morning, and cooked later in the afternoon) Also, if your chicken breasts are quite thick, it's better to butterfly them before marinating it. I use a sharp knife and cut through the thickest part, so you end up with 2 thinner pieces of chicken.
Make the coleslaw mixture by pouring about  1/2 cup ranch dressing over the coleslaw mixture in a large bowl. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Cover and set in fridge until ready to use.

To cook chicken, heat grill to medium/high heat. Place chicken breasts on grill and cook 7 to 10 minutes per side, depending on how thick your chicken is. I did mine about 7 minutes, and then turned, and cooked 7 minutes more. While chicken cooks on the first side, make a basting sauce by melting the 2 Tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, then whisk in another 1/4 cup hot sauce, let simmer over medium/low heat. 
When chicken has cooked on one side, turn, then baste the top with your butter/hot sauce mixture. After 7 minutes turn over one more time, and baste this side with the hot sauce, let sit for a minute more. Then remove from grill.
Cut the rolls open and toast under broiler for 2 minutes or until just starting to turn brown.
Remove and assemble sandwiches by placing 1 chicken breast on the bottom half of the roll, place a slice of cheese on the chicken , next add a spoonful or two of coleslaw, then the top half of the roll goes on next.
These were good, but spicy, just like buffalo chicken should be. Yum!

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