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Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce and Potato Chips

Serves 4

Total Time
25 mins

J. Kenji López-Alt, managing culinary director of and author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, adapted this sandwich from recipes by his colleague Daniel Gritzer. It's an excellent way to use grilled-chicken leftovers. López-Alt chooses a soft, mild bun that lets the fillings shine and adds crunch with potato straws--an ingredient borrowed from cooks in Colombia, who put them on hot dogs (López-Alt's wife is Colombian). Seed the chile if you'd like a milder sauce.

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 1 large jalapeño chile, roughly chopped
 1 medium garlic clove
 1/2 cup mayonnaise
 2 teaspoons lime juice
 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  Kosher salt and black pepper
 1 1/2 cups finely shredded cabbage (use a handheld slicer such as a Benriner)
 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 2 teaspoons lime juice
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 4 toasted soft potato or brioche buns, halved and toasted
 4 slices ripe tomato
 4 Grilled Chicken Cutlets
 1 cup fried potato straws (aka potato sticks or picnic shoestring potatoes) or crushed potato chips
Step 1

Make sauce: Put jalapeño, garlic, mayonnaise, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender (add cilantro last). Or, put ingredients in a deep bowl or jar and use an immersion blender. Blend on high speed until completely smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Make slaw: Combine cabbage, shallot, cilantro, olive oil, and lime juice in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss well.

Step 3

Spread 1 tbsp. sauce on each bun half. Layer bottom halves with slaw, followed by a tomato slice, a sprinkle of salt, a chicken cutlet, and a handful of potato straws. Drizzle with more sauce and add bun top. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 540Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24.8g39%

Saturated Fat 4.5g23%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 1011mg43%
Total Carbohydrate 52.8g18%

Dietary Fiber 2.3g10%
Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.