Cajun Fillet Turkey Sandwich

A fast food chain known for chicken recently released a new chicken sandwich, and the internet went crazy for it. About a week after it came out, you could not find them anywhere. People were buying as many as they could and trying to resell them, and the chain actually ran out of sandwiches.

Now, I never had a desire to go buy one myself, but I did like the simplicity of the sandwich — a fried chicken breast, pickles and a spicy mayo, all on a decent-looking bun. So, I made my own version of the sandwich using wild turkey tenderloins from the freezer.

My sandwich took a bit more effort and was not ready “Louisiana Fast,” but I’d bet it blew away the fast food version when it came to flavor.

2 turkey tenderloins
2 cups of flour
½ tablespoon garlic powder
½ tablespoon onion powder
½ tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use more for more heat)
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon thyme
1 egg
Hot sauce of choice
¼ cup mayo
2 brioche buns
Peanut oil

1. Remove the tendon from the middle of the tenderloin using the dull edge of your knife and also tenderize them using a mallet. Completely dry meat.
2. Mix flour and seasonings in a bowl, and in a second bowl, crack egg and add desired amount of hot sauce. Whisk egg until smooth.
3. Coat tenderloin in flour first, then egg, then a final dredge in the flour mix.
4. In a medium pot, add enough peanut oil to keep turkey from sitting on the bottom of the pot and heat to 350-375 degrees.
5. Drop turkey in the fryer and cook until golden brown. Note: Keep oil from overheating to ensure meat isn’t overcooked. Once done, place on plate with paper towel to dry excess oil.
6. Mix mayo with desired amount of hot sauce in a small bowl; add paprika, cayenne and black pepper if desired.
7. In a separate pan, or under the broiler, lightly toast the brioche buns.
8. Assemble both sandwiches. Bottom bun, mayo mixture, 5-7 pickles, fried wild turkey cutlet, more mayo and then the top bun. Repeat for the second sandwich.
9. Serve while still hot.

Serves 2

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