The Recipe for Bakesale Betty’s Iconic Fried Chicken Sandwich

If you’ve had the pleasure of chomping down on the two-fisted, crunch-a-palooza known as Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich, you know it’s hard to forget.

Not with that impeccable golden crust, pillowy torpedo roll and mound of tangy slaw.

If you can’t make it to Bakesale Betty’s two Oakland locations to stand in line for it — and there almost always is one — you can try your hand at making one at home.

Baker-Owner Alison Barakat, who dons an electric blue wig as her alter ego, “Betty,” shares the recipe for this killer sandwich on the new, improved Via magazine Web site. Starting with this inaugural spotlight on Bakesale Betty, yours truly will be working with Via to bring you a new recipe on that site each month for a signature dish created by a landmark restaurant in the West.

For the famous Bakesale Betty’s sandwich, boneless, skinless chicken breast halves gets marinated in buttermilk for an hour or up to overnight. Then, they’re twice dunked into seasoned flour and buttermilk to create an especially thick crust when fried. For the topper, shredded green cabbage gets tossed with red wine vinegar and jalapenos for a slaw with brightness and kick.

When it’s all assembled, it’s a marvel.

At the bakery, you can pull up a stool to one of the ironing board “tables” set up on the sidewalk to enjoy your sandwich. At home? Well, you’ll just have to clear off the pile of laundry from your own ironing board to mimic the effect.

The unique sidewalk tables at Bakesale Betty.

More: Bakesale Betty’s Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumble Topping

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  • Wow, that is truly a sight to behold – forget breakfast, I want to head straight into lunch now. 🙂 Happy Holidays to you, Carolyn!

  • That sandwich looks terrific!

    Happy holidays!



  • Waw, What a huge chicken sandwich,..looks amazing & must taste wonderfully too!
    Merry Christmas to you filled with joy, hapiness & good food!

  • Wow! Buttermilk-and-cayenne-pepper fried chicken. That’s *my* kind of sandwich!

  • I need this, now.

    And finally, a use for the ironing board. Maybe I can use the iron to make panini.

  • I start drooling each time someone raves about this sandwich. Must do a pilgrimage one day.

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  • You know I’m not a big deep-fried foods person, so I’m not a regular fried chicken sandwich person. But I admit I did take a couple of bites from the Betty sandwich once and it is pretty good. I’m surprised she shared the recipe!! But then again, people will probably stand in line than having to clean up in the kitchen. 🙂

  • That opening picture just creates pure want. In fact I had to make sure that I just scrolled past it because I know I am not going to be able to have it and it’s the kind of thing that will have me pining all day. I hope you and Meat Boy have had a wonderful Christmas! 😀

  • A truly fabulous idea to share recipes like this fabulous one with those of us not lucky enough to be able to dine in restuarants out your way. This is one amazingly mouth-watering sandwich…. and just yesterday husband and I were discussing buttermilk-marinated fried chicken! I could do with this reight about now. And Betty sounds like quite a character – I love the idea of creating an alter ego to cook…..

  • love when you do these posts. crazy places to eat in cali–i love it and i miss it dearly.
    i just love putting coleslaw on my sammies and hot dogs! lol

  • Bakesale Betty’s sounds like a true treat! Those ironing board tables are such a great idea. That fried chicken must be fantastic! Hope your holidays were fun 🙂

  • This is one of the best shots of BSB’s chicken sandwich. Yum.

  • Woohoo, it is Christmas! Thanks for sharing this delicious sandwich recipe. Just for looking at it, I need extra mileage this week. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas

  • Fried chicken is my comfort food, but not something I eat often, this is one place that I have had on my bucket list for a very long time. Not sure I would make it at home, but love knowing that I have the recipe now, thanks for highlighting it!

  • Looks yum. I did KFC style chicken popcorn for the kids over these vacations, and the chicken recipe also had a buttermilk marinade. They were yum, and this is how I’m gonna try my burgers next time. I’m not a very ‘deep fryer’ person, but these look too good to be given a miss. Nom Nom Nom…off to check the rceipe

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  • I can’t wait to make this! I love her sandwich, I live in the bay area and know how popular these sandwiches are, we get them every chance we can, she also makes a strawberry shortcake to die for!

  • Isilda: OMG, I’ve never had the strawberry shortcake. I definitely have to go back to try that. But then again, it’s not like I ever need an excuse to make a trip to Bakesale Betty’s. 😉

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