Our Version of Donnie Mac’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Donnie Mac's Fried Chicken Sandwich from FavFamilyRecipes.comI went to visit my sister a couple years ago in Boise and she took me to this great diner place called “Donnie Macs Trailer Park Cuisine”. This place was featured on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive In’s, and Dives. I ordered this chicken sandwich when we went and I LOVED it.  I told myself I would have to go home and duplicate it (which was easy, because again, they basically tell you how to do it in the clip).  I came home and made these for my husband and he absolutely loved them. They are his new favorite chicken sandwiches. They tasted just like they did at Donnie Macs! Unfortunately, Donnie Macs is now closed, so the only way you can get this sandwich is making it yourself!

Our Version of Donnie Mac’s Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich

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  • 2 chicken breasts, halved and pounded to ¼” thickness
  • 3-4 c. buttermilk (enough to cover the chicken)
  • oil for frying
  • 2 c. chopped cabbage
  • 4 Cibatta buns
  • 8 oz pkg. Panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • ½ Tbsp. Thyme
  • 1/2 c. corn
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • ½ c. ranch dressing
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 -3 Tbsp. chopped green onion


  • Place chicken breasts in medium-sized bowl and pour buttermilk over until chicken is pretty much swimming in buttermilk. Refrigerate overnight.
  • For the sauce: Sauté corn until a little caramelized and coarsely chop in a food processor. Add buttermilk and ranch to food processor and pulse 1-2 times until well mixed. Stir in green onion and set aside.
  • Combine breading ingredients until all ingredients are mixed in really well and pour in a shallow dish. Place chicken in bread crumbs. Press it down then let it sit for a few seconds so the break crumbs really stick on there.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan, or deep fryer and add breaded chicken. Fry until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Combine cabbage and about ¼ c.- ½ c. of the sauce to make the slaw (you just want the cabbage covered in the sauce, not drowning in it). Do this right before putting on the sandwich so it doesn’t get soggy.
  • To serve: Toast Cibatta in toaster or oven until slightly toasted. Add a little of the remaining sauce to the bottom bun. Place fried chicken on bun, slap on some “slaw” and top with remaining bun.


  1. EBWalker says:

    I LOVE this sandwich! I can't wait to try it.

  2. Amy says:

    I just want you to know that your blog makes me happy every time I log on. Keep up the good work!

  3. The Bendixen Family says:

    Im making these tomorrow and my family is going to come try them! They look sooo good my mouth as been watering all day. Thanks 🙂

  4. Erica says:

    Amy- I am so glad to hear the blog makes you happy 🙂 I will do my best to keep the recipes comin'!

    Bendixen Family- These will not disappoint.. they taste as good as they look!

  5. scmama says:

    So yummy. Everyone in my family loved it, but in different versions. Little one ate "nuggets" and son had just plain with no sauce or slaw, the rest of us had it all the way. Can't wait to make again.

  6. Karen Richards says:

    How Many Minutes Do You Deep Fry The Chicken??

    • Erica says:

      If you are doing it in just a little bit of oil in a pan– you will want to do about 3-4 minutes on each side. If you are doing it in a fryer, check it after about 4 minutes. Either way, you will want to check the internal temperature of the chicken or check it to make sure it is no loner pink inside before serving. Hope this helps!

  7. Sharleen says:

    These sure do look divine!
    Can’t wait to let my family give these
    Babies a try.
    Then again for my mom and dad this summer.
    Thanks a bunch for sharing this recipe.

    • Erica says:

      😀 Thanks for the comment! Let us know how you like them!

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