Monday, March 2, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches on Homemade Rolls

This recipe has been a long time coming. As I mentioned before I have been trying to recreate some of my family's favorite foods. Well my husband has always been a fan of pretty much anything with the words "buffalo chicken" in it and a few years ago we started making our own buffalo chicken sandwiches. We started making them because we came across some nice hoagie rolls at Sam's and they inspired us to try our hand at these sandwiches. The problem is Sam's stopped carrying them about two weeks after we found them, typical. So for a few years now they have been our legendary sandwich that we loved and lost after such a short time. Now I know you are probably saying "geez, just buy some different rolls" well the fact is we are lazy, and the ones at our local grocery looked pathetic and we couldn't be bothered to look elsewhere. Well since I have finally started to conquer the dreaded yeast bread ( thanks to my handy-dandy bread machine) now seems to be the perfect time to resurrect our sandwiches. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this roll recipe for different sandwiches, I would like to try and make a rye version for our yearly St. Paddy's day dinner to use with Ruebens. For now here is the buffalo chicken sandwich recipe:

Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls:

1 c. milk
1/4 c. buttermilk
3 tbs. melted butter
1 tbs. sugar
2 tbs. honey
2 c. bread flour
1 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tsp. bread yeast
In a bowl mix the milk and buttermilk and then heat to between 110 and 115 degrees, I did this in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir in the sugar and yeast and let set for 10 minutes. In another small bowl stir together the melted butter and the honey. In the pan of your bread machine add both flours, salt, yeast and milk mixture, honey and butter and the lightly beaten egg. Set to the dough feature and let it do it's thing.

When the bread machine is done take the dough out of the pan and lightly punch it down, this is fun and I like to pretend that it is any variety of people who have annoyed me that particular day. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and cut into four equal pieces, shape into ovals and cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. When the dough has risen use a sharp knife to make a slit down the center of the dough. Bake at 35o degrees for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

1 c. Frank's Red Hot
3 tbs melted butter
shredded lettuce
sliced provolone cheese
ranch dressing
4 chicken breast, cut into strips
garlic powder
onion powder
red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 c. flour
prepared sandwich rolls

Lightly spray a skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. In a bowl mix together the flour, 2 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder and salt and pepper to taste. Dip each chicken strip into the flour mixture to lightly coat. Cook in the skillet until no longer pink. In a plastic bag mix together the Frank's Red Hot with the melted butter, add in the chicken strips and shake gently to cover. Split your roll in half and on the bottom half spread ranch dressing ( I do this to taste if you like a little use a little, if you like a lot use a lot.) Place your chicken strips on top of the ranch dressing cover with 2 provolone cheese slices, place under the broiler to melt the cheese. When it comes out of the broiler, top with extra hot sauce, shredded lettuce and red onion.


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