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It’s been far too long since we’ve had any mention of buffalo chicken.

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

It seems I do this thing where I forget about the food my family loves most because I’m too busy trying my hardest to come up with new and exciting flavor combos to share with you all. Buffalo chicken is one of those dinners that my family will always love and never tire of. Even my dad, who says he doesn’t really like chicken, loves buffalo chicken…like most people. It’s kind of just and all-around highly relished item.

Anyway, when we were filming the video for this buffalo chicken quinoa salad, it got me thinking that I’ve never shared a recipe for a finger licking good buffalo chicken sandwich. As soon as I realized this I knew I had to share my recipe…but with a little twist. Because it’s me and adding my own little twist is what I do best!

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

With summer right around the corner, I can’t help but think about southern style foods…cornbread, sweet tea, fresh tomatoes, peaches, and fried chicken. This happens to me every May, and you know, I can’t really put my finger on just why it is that my mind sways towards this style of food. It’s not like I’ve ever lived in the south, but I think somehow it just reminds me of spring and early summer.

Whatever the reason, I’m not complaining. Southern food is the good for the soul kind of food that everyone loves. It’s Southern comfort food done in an easier, lighter, and slightly spicier way!

Full disclosure here, this may just be the best buffalo chicken I’ve ever made. The sweet tea really adds a special touch. The chicken gets soaked overnight in a sweet tea and buttermilk mix. If you don’t have time for an overnight soaking, an hour will do just fine, but the longer the chicken can soak, the more tender and moist it will be. The tea helps not only to give the chicken more flavor, but also to balance the heat of the buffalo sauce. It’s honestly a winning combo. So subtle that you aren’t quite able to decipher the sweet tea, but yet its sweetness enhances the flavors happening in this buffalo chicken. I know I am not making much sense, but just trust me. This is really good chicken.

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And you know what the best part is? This recipe is so easy and involves no frying, heck yeah! I know you native southerners out there are probably rolling your eyes, and I’m sorry, I know fried chicken is great and all, but sometimes, oven-fried is really just the way to go. OKok and I mean, I kind of love it too. I don’t feel guilty or sick after eating it and my skin has zero grease burns. Yes, please.

I served my sandwich with some homemade greek yogurt ranch. You could also just use a little plain greek yogurt mixed with lemon juice, crumbled blue cheese, and a pinch of salt. If you aren’t a blue cheese fan, just use crumbled goat cheese. Or even better? Just melt a piece of cheddar right overtop of the chicken. YUM

Then top the sammies off with some shredded lettuce, carrots, and fresh avocado. The avocado is not traditional, but it seems that lately I’ve been adding avocado to just about everything, plus it’s so good for you.

Perfect sandwich though, right? It’s lightened up so we don’t have to feel guilty, yet totally delicious. Perfect for dinner tonight or for your next Sunday BBQ, which I’m hoping will be soon, because warm weather season is almost here…wait, it’s snowing…totally serious!

Literally cannot wait for warm weather…obviously.

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
marinate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 852 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Add the chicken to gallon size zip top bag. Pour the buttermilk, sweet tea and salt over the chicken. Toss well, cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
    2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    3. Add the corn flakes crumbs, flour, paprika and garlic powder to medium sized bowl. Stir to combine.
    4. Remove each piece of chicken from the buttermilk, and dredge through the crumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the chicken has been used. Make sure not to crowd your pan, if necessary use two baking sheets. Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip the chicken over and continue cooking another 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
    5. Drizzle the buffalo sauce over the chicken, covering it almost completely.
    6. To serve, stir the blue cheese into the greek yogurt ranch. Spread the greet yogurt on the bottom of each bun. Add the chicken and top with veggies and sliced avocado. Serve with buffalo sauce. EAT.

Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

PS. I think this really needs to be called the Gerard Family signature sandwich…it’s so fitting.

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  1. This is a favorite in our house!!! One question though- do you find that the chicken reheats well? And if so, how is it best done? Or is it better to just cook whatever we are going to eat that night, then if we want “leftovers”, cook the rest of the chicken then ? Appreciate all your delicious and attainable recipes !!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Thanks for making this recipe! I am so glad it was a hit! You could reheat in the oven, you just have to be careful not to overcook it so it doesn’t dry out. xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Yes, that will work just fine. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my! We have a handful of your recipes in regular rotation but I just made this one for the first time and it was fabulous! The textures and flavors were so great together. I actually snuck a tablespoon of super greens powder into the dredging mixture to get more vegetables into my kids 😉
    I swapped feta in for the blue cheese bc that’s what I had on hand. I used agave syrup to make the sweet tea marinade. Phenomenal recipe, my whole family loved it!

  3. I make sweet tea often which is traditionally made with black tea. What do you think of using that instead of the green tea? Any reason not to?

    1. HI! I am sure black tea will be amazing! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! x Tieghan

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