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“Fat Darrell” Sandwich

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 15



  • 16 or 4 boneless chicken breasts each cut into 4 equal strips chicken tenders
  • Paula Deen House Seasoning
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • or lard peanut oil
  • 6 large skins on red potatoes
  • for frying oil
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch red pepper
  • 2 (16 oz) blocks pasteurized cut into 4 by 1/2 inch sticks mozzerella cheese
  • 4 large beaten eggs
  • 3 large sliced rolls
  • jarred or homemade marinara sauce
  • sliced or shredded lettuce
  • sliced tomatoes


For the Lady and Sons chicken fingers:

Sprinkle chicken tenders with Paula’s House Seasoning. Dredge chicken in flour; dip into buttermilk and back into flour.

Preheat oil to 350 °F. Fry fingers in deep hot oil 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with honey mustard for dipping.

For the french fries:

Using a large pot, boil potatoes with skins on until almost done. Allow to cool, and cut potatoes into long strips, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide and thick. In a large pot or fryer, heat oil to 350 °F. Pan-fry the potatoes for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown. Remove potatoes and place onto paper towels and allow to drain on paper towel, and while still hot, season with salt and pepper.

For Paula’s Mozzarella Sticks:

Stir the breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup of Parmesan, thyme, basil, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl to blend. Dip the cheese in the eggs to coat completely and allow the excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Coat the cheese in the bread crumb mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Place the cheese sticks on a baking sheet. Repeat dipping the cheese sticks in the egg and bread crumb mixture to coat a second time. Cover and freeze until frozen, about 2 hours and up to 2 days.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches, fry the cheese until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the fried cheese to plates

For “Fat Darrell” Sandwich Assembly:

On the bottom half of the rolls add chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks. Load on french fries and top with marinara sauce, lettuce and tomato. Cover with the tops of rolls and serve.

House Seasoning:

Mix ingredients together and place in a shaker near the stove. Use in place of salt and pepper for all your cooking needs.

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