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McDonald's McChicken Recipe

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Freezing Time 1 hr
Servings 4
Calories 627 kcal


  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry tempura mix
  • 2 tbsp yellow corn meal
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 chicken breast filets
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 4 tomato slices

For the Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 dash onion powder


For the Sauce

  • Simply stir the ingredients together well, and refrigerate until needed.

For the Sandwich

  • First, beat the egg and combine it with the water in a small shallow bowl, and stir.
  • Next, combine the flour, tempura mix, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder in a one-gallon size ziplock bag.
  • Pound each of the chicken breast filets with a mallet until they're about 1/4-inch thick. Trim each breast filet until it is round. Coat each filet with the flour mixture by shaking it in the zip lock bag.
  • One at a time, remove a chicken breast and dredge each filet in the egg mixture, making sure to coat them well. Then return each filet to the flour/seasoning mixture. Shake to coat.
  • Place the chicken filets, bag and all, in the freezer for at least an hour. Also, cover and refrigerate the remaining egg mixture. After freezing, repeat the flouring process.
  • Heat a frying pan to 375°. Deep fry the chicken filets for 10-12 minutes or until light brown and crispy.
  • While the chicken is frying, toast the hamburger buns and place the mayo sauce inside of the top bun. Then place 1/4 of a cup of freshly chopped iceberg lettuce on the bun, followed by a slice of tomato. Add one of the cooked chicken patties, and close it with the other half of the bun. Serve hot, and enjoy.


  • Freezing the chicken filets is not completely necessary for this recipe, but it does help lock in the moisture, and it gives this McChicken Sandwich a more authentic McDonald's taste. If you're pressed for time, you can skip this step, and save an hour. 
  • You can use vegetable oil, olive oil, or peanut oil, or a combination of any of these. We find that combining peanut oil and vegetable oil gives the chicken a nice crunchy bite, but all of them will work ok for this recipe.