Cajun chicken filet biscuit sandwich

YIELD
2 sandwiches (with extra biscuits for future sandwiches)
PREP TIME
schedule 30 minutes
COOK TIME
schedule 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME
schedule 11 hours
The closest I could get to a Bojangles copycat Cajun filet biscuit recipe is right here. The overnight marinade is key to the flavor of this chicken biscuit.

Ingredients:

biscuit
  • 300 grams self-rising flour (2.5 cups)
  • 16 grams powdered sugar (2 tablespoons)
  • 3 grams salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 3 grams baking soda (1/2 teaspoon - optional)
  • 96 grams vegetable shortening (1/2 cup)
  • 224 grams buttermilk (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, for topping
Buttermilk marinade, seasoned flour and fried chicken
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large chicken breast, cut into two pieces (or two smaller ones)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 teaspoon paprika
  • peanut oil or another neutral frying oil (2 inches deep in your pot/pan)
Sandwich assembly
  • 2 fried chicken breast pieces (from above)
  • 2 biscuits (from above)

Directions:

Buttermilk biscuit: In a large bowl add self-rising flour, powdered sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix these dry ingredients with a whisk or fork to thoroughly combine.

Using a dough cutter or your fingers, mash in the cold vegetable shortening until there are no bits of shortening larger than a pea.

Add this bowl to the freezer for 2 hours or the refrigerator overnight to ensure your shortening and flour are cold.

When you are 1 hour from bake time, preheat your oven to 450 F. You want the oven to be fully heated so keep it on for an hour.

When you are 15 minutes before baking time (45 minutes after preheating), add buttermilk to the bowl with the flour and shortening, and with a large spoon, stir the dough precisely 15 times. The dough will not come together, it will be shaggy. The dough should look a bit like cottage cheese.

Add this bowl back to the refrigerator to sit for 5 minutes. This time not only keeps everything cool but also allows for the buttermilk to hydrate the flour. This process is called the autolyse method. (Use this term to impress your friends).

Lightly flour your work surface and then dump your cottage cheese-looking dough on top. 

Lightly dust the top of your dough with flour and pat it down with your hands a little. Fold the right side up and over and then the left up and over, like a brochure.  Pat this all down a little and then fold the dough in half from the back side.

Lightly flour the dough and lightly flour your rolling pin. Roll the dough out to between 3/4 to a whole inch tall. 

Using a round, floured biscuit cutter, cut out your biscuits. Cut straight down, DO NOT twist the cutter. In between each cut, you can dust the cutter with flour or dunk the cutter in your flour to coat it. This makes sure your cutter will not stick to the dough when cutting.

Place biscuits, an inch or so apart on a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet and place that sheet on an upper rack of the oven.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits are browned.

Paint each biscuit with melted butter to ensure that the tops are flavorful. 

Chicken marinade and frying: in a medium bowl add salt, pepper cayenne pepper, and paprika to buttermilk (add hot sauce if you want extra spice). and whisk to combine. Put two sandwich-sized pieces of chicken to a zip-top bag or bowl with a lid. Pour buttermilk marinade over the chicken and store in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight. 

Make seasoned flour by combining flour with all the spices, salt, and pepper in a bowl or pan that is large enough for a piece of chicken to lay flat in the flour. 

Remove one piece of chicken at a time from the marinade and dredge in the seasoned flour mixture until thoroughly coated on all sides. Place the fully coated chicken onto a piece of parchment or a sheet pan rack to rest. 

Heat 2 inches of peanut oil in a skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 

Fry each piece of chicken for 6 to 7 minutes or until it reaches 165 degrees internal temperature. You'll probably want to fry for 3 minutes on the first side and then flip it to make sure you're getting the level of browning that you want. Continue cooking on the other side. 

After frying, place the finished chicken on a cooling rack over paper towels to drain some of the oil away. 

Sandwich assembly: add one piece of fried chicken into a split biscuit and serve.

Have you made this recipe? Tag @beerinator and let him know!



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