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Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Slaw

Makes 6 sandwiches

Rich fried chicken needs a full-bodied wine match, and fruity, floral Viognier fits the bill. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour.

 2 cups finely shredded red and/or green cabbage
 1 medium carrot, coarsely shredded
 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
 1/2 teaspoon minced serrano chile
 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  About 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
 1 teaspoon cayenne
 1 cup buttermilk
 1 large egg
 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts, rinsed, dried, and cut at an angle across grain into 1-in.-thick strips
  Vegetable oil for frying
 6 long, soft sandwich rolls, split
Step 1

In a bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, mint, cilantro, and chile. Stir in lime juice and olive oil and season to taste with salt.

Step 2

In a pie plate mix flour, cornmeal, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and cayenne. In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg to combine. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip into buttermilk mixture, then return to flour mixture, turning to coat all sides.

Step 3

Pour 1 in. of oil into a 5- or 6-qt. pan over medium-high heat. When oil reaches 350°, add chicken in a single layer (in batches if necessary), and cook until well browned all over and no longer pink in the center (cut to test), about 6 minutes per batch. As chicken is done, transfer to paper towels and sprinkle lightly with salt.

Step 4

Spread sandwich rolls with mayonnaise. Divide chicken among rolls and top generously with slaw.

Step 5

Wine note: Typically full of honeyed tangerine, peach, and honeysuckle, Viognier--the great white grown in France's Rhône Valley--is rich but, at its best, crisp and minerally too. It pairs well with creamy sauces and aromatic spices. Leaner versions stand up to spicy Thai and Vietnamese flavors; richer ones are good matches for nuts, cheese, mild Indian curries, and sweet shellfish.

Step 6

Our picks:

Step 7

Alban Viognier 2005 (Central Coast; $23). An orchard full of peach-blossom aromas followed by orange-honey flavors wrap around the chicken sandwiches.

Step 8

Clos LaChance Estate Viognier 2005 (Central Coast; $20). A peachy, citrusy minerality--call it wet stones--picks up on the mint and cilantro in the slaw on the sandwiches.

Step 9

Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 554Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%

Saturated Fat 3.1g16%
Cholesterol 103mg35%
Sodium 1151mg48%
Total Carbohydrate 58g20%

Dietary Fiber 4.1g17%
Protein 37g74%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.