Our Version of the MECCA Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Crispy Chicken Sandwich from The MECCA

Crispy Chicken Sandwich & Peter Feigin Interview – The Cluckery Chicken Sandwich is Crispy Chicken Tenders and pickles drizzled with MECCA Sauce on a brioche Bun. And served with Cole slaw. The MECCA is a Sports Bar in the Deer District near the Bucks arena, Fiserv Forum.

Our guest for Cooking with Milwaukee Community Leaders is Peter Feigin, the President of the Milwaukee Bucks. Our series, Cooking with Milwaukee Community Leaders was recently profiled in Milwaukee Magazine.

Peter has helped transform the Bucks into the Championship contender they are today. He shows us how they make the Cluckery Chicken Sandwich and the MECCA Sauce. This classic sandwich features crispy, juicy fried chicken topped with tangy MECCA Sauce and pickles, nestled between two soft buns.

Popeye’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and McDonald’s are the big names when it comes to crispy chicken sandwiches. But the reality is it’s even better when you make it at home.

Why this Crispy Chicken Sandwich Recipe Works

  • Buttermilk-marinated chicken breasts are very flavorful and tender.
  • Other than the marinating time, you can make these sandwiches in under 30 minutes.
  • The chicken is made with a great combination of seasoning and dipped in a one-step breading station that includes flour and panko bread crumbs.
  • It is then fried to perfection for delicious crispiness.
  • Let’s not forget the MECCA sauce! It is a tangy, spicy compliment to the Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

Mecca Sauce Ingredients (blend all in a blender)

  • 8 oz sour cream
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dill
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp lime juice
Our Version of the MECCA Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Crispy Chicken Tenders and pickles drizzled with MECCA Sauce on a Brioche Bun.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinate Chicken: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Sandwiches
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 499kcal


  • Heavy bottom pan for frying


For the Marinade

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning or similar

For the Breading

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt & black pepper
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 4 cups Oil for frying


Instructions – Marinate the Chicken

  • In a large plastic bag or bowl, combine the chicken tenders and the marinade ingredients.
    Buttermilk Marinade for Chicken
  • Massage the marinade into the chicken until it is fully coated, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour, overnight if possible.

Bread the Chicken

  • Before breading the chicken, heat 4 cups peanut oil to 350°F. in a heavy bottom pan
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the flour & breading ingredients
  • Toss together with a fork until well combined, then drizzle in 3 tbsp buttermilk and stir until the mixture is clumpy.
    Panko Bread crumbs for Chicken Sandwich
  • Remove the chicken tenders from the marinade a few at a time and place them into the breading mixture.
    Flour for Breading Chicken Sandwich
  • Press the chicken firmly into the breading so that the clumps of panko and buttermilk stick to the chicken.

Fry the Chicken

  • Set up a wire rack as a draining station for the chicken.
  • When to oil has reached 350°F, put a the chicken tenders in the oil in one layer.
    Frying tenders for Chicken Sandwich
  • Don’t put them on top of each other or overcrowd the pan.
  • Cook the tenders until golden brown.
  • If needed, flip over and cook until the second side is also golden.
  • Place the cooked tenders on the rack to drain.
    Chicken ready for crispy chicken sandwich
  • Repeat and fry the rest of the chicken tenders in batches.
  • Toast the buns of desired
  • Assemble the sandwiches, with a couple of pickles, 2-3 tenders and MECCA Sauce drizzled on top.
  • Serve with Cole Slaw
    Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw



Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3mg
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