If you own or operate a bar and grill type restaurant, you know how stiff the competition can be. A great way to help your restaurant stand out from the crowd is to offer several unique chicken sandwiches. Chicken is healthy, versatile and delicious, and with these three chicken sandwich recipes, you're sure to attract more guests.
Chicken and Apple Sandwich
This chicken sandwich will appeal to customers on a health kick. You may want to offer the option of ordering the sandwich without a bun for those on a low-carb diet. The ingredients listed are for one sandwich.
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlet (about 4 ounces)
- a pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 white or wheat roll
- 6–8 thin slices of Granny Smith apple
- 1 tablespoon honey mustard
- a small handful of baby spinach
Season the chicken breast with the salt, pepper, and onion powder, and then saute it in the olive oil for about 3 minutes per side or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Spread the honey mustard onto the inside of the roll. Pile the chicken, apples, and spinach onto the roll, and serve.
Spicy Chicken and Ranch Sandwich
Make a batch of this spicy pulled chicken ahead of time, and then assemble the sandwiches to order. The recipe makes enough pulled chicken for about 20 sandwiches.
For the spicy chicken mix:
- 5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup hot sauce of your choice
For each sandwich:
- 1 roll
- 1 slice provolone cheese
- 2–3 tablespoons ranch dressing
- 2 large lettuce leaves
- a thick slice of tomato
Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper. Place it in a baking dish, and drizzle with the olive oil. Cover, and bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes or until the chicken is very tender. Let the chicken cool slightly, and pull it apart into shreds. Stir the hot sauce and vinegar into the pan, and place the chicken in a refrigerator container to store in the cooler.
When a customer orders a sandwich, reheat approximately 1/2 cup of the shredded chicken for 45–60 seconds in the microwave. Spread the bun with ranch dressing, and then pile on the chicken, lettuce, cheese and tomato.
Greek Chicken Sandwich
Keep a batch of these chicken cutlets marinating in the fridge at all times, and cook them to order.
For the chicken:
- 5 pounds chicken breast cutlets
- 3 cups of your favorite Greek salad dressing
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
For each sandwich:
- 1 roll
- 1 tablespoon sliced olives
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese
- 2 leafs of lettuce
- 1 thick slice of red tomato
- 1 tablespoon Greek dressing
To prepare the chicken, mix together the Greek dressing, garlic and lemon juice in a refrigerator container. Add the chicken cutlets. Marinate for at least 4 hours. You can leave the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, pulling pieces out and cooking them one at a time to order.
When a sandwich is ordered, grill one chicken cutlet for 3–4 minutes per side or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Assemble the sandwich by spreading the roll with Greek dressing and then piling on the chicken, feta, tomatoes, olives and lettuce.
If you are able to incorporate these three chicken sandwiches into your menu, your guests will be pleased because they have a healthier alternative to burgers and other bar food. Make sure you advertise your new sandwich offerings to bring customers in.