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Flatiron Foodies: Harding's Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Housed in a turn-of-the-century printing press building, Harding's is an upscale restaurant that pays tribute to classic America with antiques and historical items enlivening the space. Their menu celebrates America’s culinary heritage with dishes like grilled Whole Atlantic Branzini, a BLT Sandwich with House - Smoked Bacon, "down-home” desserts like warm apple crisp with moonshine ice cream.  

Executive Chef Joel Zaragoza shares the recipe for a classic: Fried Chicken Sandwich. Harding's Tennessee-styled sandwich rests on toasted brioche buns, smothered in a tangy hot sauce, and topped with a tasty slaw and butter pickles. Try your hands at making this sandwich staple from scratch this holiday season.

Harding’s Fried Chicken Sandwich (serves 2)

Fried Chicken


  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • Fryer Oil (Canola or Vegetable)


  1. Slice chicken horizontal and then vertical creating 4 pieces (approximately 4 ounces each).
  2. Whisk flour and seasoning in a bowl. Pour buttermilk into another bowl. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off any excess, and then dip in buttermilk. Dredge in flour mixture, shaking off excess, a second time. 
  3. Pour oil into a large heavy skillet to a depth of 1/2-inch. Prop deep-fry thermometer in oil so the bulb is submerged. Heat over medium heat until thermometer registers 350°.
  4. Place chicken pieces in the skillet. Cook until golden brown.  Pull and let them rest on a paper towel or cooling rack so that excess oil drips off.



  • ¼  cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground Cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar 
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½  teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½  teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup clover honey


  1. Melt the butter slowly over low heat.
  2. Gently mix in the sugar, and then the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add honey. As the honey melts and bubbles begin to form, turn off the heat.
  4. Lastly, add apple cider vinegar and mix well.


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. 

  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 1 lime

Sandwich Assembly


  • 2 Brioche Burger Buns
  • Bread and butter pickles
  • Fried Chicken 
  • Prepared Sauce 
  • Prepared Slaw 


  1. Toast the buns.
  2. Lay two pieces of chicken.
  3. Smoother in the sauce.
  4. Top with slaw.
  5. Add 3-5 sliced butter pickles.
  6. Add a little more sauce and cap it with the bun top. 

Pictured Below: Harding's Executive Chef Joel Zaragoza.



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