Sunday, February 27, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Tenders and Cole Slaw on a Poppyseed Bun

More spicy fun food!
     Gourmet hot dog bun snack sandwiches have been popular for a few years.  You can be as creative as you wish, when making these kinds of sandwiches.  Two classic flavors that go well together are cole slaw and buffalo chicken.
     Buffalo chicken wings were named after the city where they were created, Buffalo New York.  The original buffalo wing sauce was quite simple.  I make several different kings of wing sauces, including the original buffalo wing sauce.
     The original buffalo wing sauce was made with Durkee's Hot Sauce which is marketed as Frank's Red Hot.  You can adjust the spicy chile pepper heat to your personal taste by using bottled mild cayenne pepper sauce for a medium hot buffalo sauce or use a habanero sauce for an extremely spicy sauce.  I like spicy, so I made the chicken in the pictures with with habanero hot sauce.
     Buffalo Wing Sauce:
     This recipe makes enough sauce for 3 to 4 sandwiches!  This buffalo wing sauce is close to the original recipe.  The original recipe was basically just butter and Frank's Red Hot.  I lived with people from Buffalo for one year, so Buffalo style food was what they bragged about every chance they had.  Buffalo New York style food is worth bragging up!  
     Ever since the original buffalo wing recipe was created, cooks have been modifying the recipe.  This is a standard bar style buffalo wing sauce recipe.  Honey and ketchup or BBQ sauce adds a gentle depth of flavor and it helps the sauce to cling to the wings.  Cattlemen's BBQ sauce is what most bars and restaurants use for this wing sauce.  Cattlemen's is a Kansas City style BBQ sauce.  
     Place 1/2 cup of Frank's Red Hot sauce in a small mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of honey.
     Add 1 pinch of cayenne pepper.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of ketchup or BBQ sauce.
     Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter.
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Set the sauce aside.
     Napa Cole Slaw:
     Place 1 cup of very thin sliced Napa cabbage in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped green bell pepper.
     Add a few very thin sliced carrot slivers for color.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 small pinch of ground celery seed.
     Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
     Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of rice vinegar.
     Add 1 tablespoon of milk.
     Add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.
     Thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
     Note:  The cabbage and vegetables should only be coated with the thin cole slaw dressing and not be flooded with the dressing.  Any excess dressing will remain in the bowl.
     Set the cole slaw aside.
     Buffalo Chicken Tenders:
     Dredge 2 large chicken tenders in flour that is seasoned with sea salt and black pepper.
     Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
     Add the floured chicken tenders.
     Pan fry the chicken tenders, till they become golden brown on both sides and till they become fully cooked.
     Place the pan fried chicken tenders in a mixing bowl.
     Add just enough of the buffalo wing sauce to coat the chicken tenders.
     Toss the chicken tenders with the sauce, till they are completely coated.
     Warm a poppyseed hot dog bun in an oven.
     Spread the coleslaw on the open hot dog bun.
     Place the buffalo chicken tenders on the cole slaw.
     Place the snack sandwich on a plate.
     Garnish the plate with parsley sprigs and a pickled okra spear.
     This is a very tasty snack sandwich that is great for a weekend afternoon.  Hot dog bun sandwiches are easy to eat.  The cole slaw is a simple standard recipe and it gives cooling relief for the spicy buffalo chicken heat.  Delicious!  ...  Shawna

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