Spicy Air-Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Spicy Air-Fried Chicken Sandwiches

We toasted the breadcrumbs with oil in the toaster oven before coating the chicken, and then used the air-fry setting and basket to produce a crispy coating and evenly cooked chicken. For a truly spicy kick, we added heat in three ways: hot sauce that we whisked directly into the dredging, then spicy mayo and pickled jalapeño to top the chicken. Shredded iceberg lettuce provided crisp, fresh texture.

45 mins total time

20 mins active time


Serves 4



  • 1¼ cups (2½ oz) panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg

    lightly whisked

  • 2 tbsp hot sauce


  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp plus ¼ teaspoon table salt


  • 2 x 6-8 oz boneless and skinless chicken breasts


  • ¼ cup (2 oz) mayonnaise
  • 4 hamburger buns

    cut in half horizontally, toasted if desired

  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • ¼ cup jarred sliced jalapeños


  • 1Insert wire rack into position 4. Meanwhile, continue to next step.
  • 2Toss panko with oil in bowl until evenly coated. Transfer to roasting pan and spread in an even layer.
  • 3Once preheated, place pan in oven and start timer. When Rotate Remind signals, stir crumbs and continue cooking.
  • 4Panko should be light golden brown. If not, give it a bit more. Transfer to shallow dish and let cool slightly. Wipe out roasting pan.
  • 5Move wire rack to position 8. The oven will adjust the setting to cook chicken. It’ll signal when ready. Meanwhile, continue to next step.
  • 6Whisk egg, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, flour, garlic powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt together in second shallow dish.
  • 7Halve each breast crosswise and pound between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to uniform ½-inch thickness.
  • 8Pat chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • 9Working with 1 piece of chicken at a time, dredge in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, then coat with panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Arrange chicken pieces in air fry basket, spaced evenly apart.
  • 10When oven signals, place roasting pan on rack to catch any drips during cooking. Place basket in rack position 3 and start timer. Meanwhile, make spicy mayonnaise.
  • 11Combine mayonnaise and remaining 1 tablespoon hot sauce in small bowl.
  • 12Chicken should be crispy and registers 160°F. If not, give it a bit more.
  • 13Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over bun bottoms, then top with 1 piece chicken, lettuce, jalapeños, and bun tops. Serve.