Miriam SpiceTraveller

While researching Canadian cuisine i came across this simple chicken sandwich popular in Quebec but less known outside of the Quebec province. The ingredient list looked interesting so i wanted to try as i never prepared sandwich this way before. I can say this was so delicious! Yummy combination of protein carbs and fibre. You can substitute butter for oil for healthier version.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken legs
  • 4 large slices of bread
  • 1 tsp salt
  • butter

Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp crushed or powdered chili
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • salt, pepper

Peas

  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 200ml chicken soup (or 1 chicken cube)

Preparation:

I used chicken legs but you can prepare with chicken breast, it is just that chicken breast doesn’t have as much flavour as the thighs and it can be too dry. I used one leg per sandwich. Do not remove skin as it will give flavour to the soup.

1.  I a medium size pot add 2 litres of water and bring to boil. Add salt or chicken cube and then add meat. Simmer for about 30 minutes uncovered. Liquid has to evaporate but should be at least 500ml left at the end.
2.  When done take the meat out, remove the skin, strip the meat off the bones and cut in small pieces or you can pull the meat apart.

For the sauce
1.  In a pan melt butter, add flour and fry on low temperature for 3 minutes. Flour has to get light golden colour, make sure it doesn’t burn!
2.  Now add some chicken stock/soup, not all at once, stir with a whisk all the time so you get a smooth sauce without any lumps. When the sauce becomes smooth add all other Sauce ingredients and stir for another minute or two. Remove from the heat and cover.

For the peas
1.  I used frozen peas but you can try with fresh.
2.  Add butter to the pan, when melted add chopped onion and fry for about 3 minutes, then add chopped garlic and fry for additional minute.
3.  Add peas and fry for 1-2 minutes then add chicken stock/soup. Cook for about 5 minutes, liquid should evaporate completely.

Building the sandwich
1.  Spread some butter over both slices of bread (inside).
2.  Add chicken and cover with the other slice of bread. Lightly press it with your hand.
3.  Put sandwich on a deeper plate. Slowly pour sauce over the sandwich. Add enough sauce so you can dip ever mouthful in it.
4.  On the top of the sandwich add cooked peas, you can mash them slightly or leave as whole.

You can add some grated cheese of your choice, either mix it with the chicken or grated on top. This is not part of the original recipe but it would be a yummy addition.

It is traditionally served with chips! Why not try Canadian traditional chips – Poutine!

 

Cooked chicken legs

Cooked chicken legs

 

Sauce ready

Sauce ready

 

Fried peas and onion

Fried peas and onion

 

Canadian hot chicken sandwich

Canadian hot chicken sandwich, who says a sandwich can’t be glamorous? :-)