Monday, July 26, 2010

Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich

You may have figured by now that I like creating chicken salads. This one was inspired by a block of pepper jack cheese I had bought for another purpose and never used. As I thought about how to employ that cheese, I also considered the massive heat wave that was gripping us, and remembered I could buy one of those great rotisserie chickens from the market, make a chicken salad, and not add extra heat to the kitchen. This time I would make it Mexican chicken salad.

Mexican Chicken Salad
One market rotisserie chicken
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 lime
8 oz. pepper jack cheese, cut into cubes
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
One small red onion, diced
Sour cream

With your clean hands, remove and shred the meat from the chicken. It is easier to go ahead and do this while it is still warm from the market, rather than refrigerating it for later. (This is not one of the things I enjoy doing in the kitchen but my dog gets very excited.) To the shredded chicken, add the chili powder, cumin, juice from 1/2 lime, cheese cubes, olives, and onions. Stir in enough sour cream to achieve the creaminess you desire.

Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwich
For each sandwich:
2 slices whole wheat bread
crisp lettuce leaves
big scoop Mexican Chicken Salad
tomato slices
avocado slices
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Love sandwiches, especially with this heat and this one looks fantastic. Aside from the olives (which I hate but the rest of the family loves) this looks like my kind of dinner! I'm bookmarking this one for sure. Thanks Rocquie!

  2. Yum for sure, I would enjoy this rolled into lettuce leaves. Trying to eat more lettuce here and less bread, so far I have failed!

  3. This thing is calling to me, really a beautiful sandwich you have made. A work of art and I know it's delicious. Like your blog a lot.

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  4. This one is right up my alley - I would love it even more if I could add some chipotle peppers to it (I'm addicted to gut-burning chillies!)!