Copycat Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich

In 1969, at age 37, Dave Thomas quit his job at Arthur Treacher’s to start the first Wendy’s in Columbus, Ohio.While other hamburger chains at the time were using frozen beef and mass producing food, Dave Thomas developed an innovative way to make fresh, made to order fast food.  Here is the secret to Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Fillet Sandwich



  1. Fixed these sandwiches last evening for dinner. Absolutely delicious!! I toned down the cayenne red pepper afraid it might be too spicey, but they weren’t, so next time will follow the recipe to the letter.

  2. WOW! I am a regualr “Spicy Chicken Sandwich” girl at Wendy’s. I love those sandwiches….this was an awesome recipe! Tasted alomost exactly the same…I am going to triple batter mine next time to make it more crispy and then it will be exactly the same…was very easy to make and even my husband loved it! This was a major winner recipe! Do NOT downplay the cayenne pepper though…you need that much even though it seems like a lot!

  3. Thank goodness for the Internet and web sites like yours. I thought I would have to start from scratch. You see my son, now nice years old expects his Wendy’s Spicy Chicken fix at least weekly if not more. He can not get enough of these things. Do you know how expensive two spicy chiken sandwiches cost? And this is only for him. So he finally understands that I do know how to cook and bake finally. He said if I can duplicate the recipe at home then we don’t ever have to go back. Money saved. Oh do you have McDonalds…. this young man eats anything at a fast food place. So you know I will be checking and trying out what you have. Thank you and God Bless

  4. So the other bowl with spices should be mixed with the 1 Cup flour right (“Mixture”)?… and not sprinkled on?

  5. For the healthier version you say to broil the chicken but for how long?

  6. Broil for how long? How about at what temperature too?

  7. Really, really, good…. My whole family loved them.I fried them in my cast iron skillet in canola oil and they were perfect.

  8. These were really good.. but after you batter them you should thrown them in the fridge for around 10-15 min to keep the batter from falling off after you fry them.. We tried them with both Franks Red Hot and Texas Pete and they were both really good..

  9. Hi all — this seems like a really good recipe but I dont have any flour. What would be a good substitue?

  10. Here is a easy way to do it. Take Tyson’s already cooked frozen patties cook in microwave. Take hamburger bun spread Buffalo sauce on bottom bun put already cook pattie on top of the button bun. Then put Mayo on top bun and add lettuce. Taste just like a MacDonalds spicey chicken sandwich.

  11. Great recipe loved it.Jjust one problem, Dave didn’t developed the innovative way to serve fresh made to order food. He got the idea while he was in Lima,Ohio there’s a small fast food chain called Kewpie Hamburgers. Same concept less fast food like. burgers look the same same way the started doing fries and it even has a small child doll for the name. the older wendy’s even had the same lay out.

  12. Can any one please send me the recipe on how to make the spicy chicken sandwiches I love them n could eat the every day.. Thank you

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