Bored with your dinners? It’s bound to happen. One of the hardest parts about being an adult is finding something to cook every night! If you have a family, this gets even trickier with all of the preferences and special requests. But there’s one thing that’s bound to please everyone in the family – a chicken sandwich.
Why are Chicken Sandwiches So Popular?
Chicken sandwiches are incredibly popular in America. In 2019, Popeye’s was selling an average of 1,000 chicken sandwiches a day. That is, until they ran out. And the competition is tough. You can find chicken sandwiches at almost every fast food chain, including McDonalds, KFC, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and Burger King.
So why are these sandwiches so popular? Partly because they taste like comfort food, especially when you order breaded or fried chicken on a toasty bun. These sandwiches are also filling, inexpensive and lower in fat and calories compared to other fast food options.
We also can’t forget how versatile chicken sandwiches are. You can get your chicken breaded, grilled and/or spicy, then choose your toppings, sauces and bread. With so many options, it’s almost impossible to get tired of a chicken sandwich!
Ingredients Needed for a Delicious Chicken Sandwich
You probably know what’s needed for a chicken sandwich, but let’s take things to the next level and look at all of your options!
Always start with high quality chicken. The skin should have a yellowish tint, the meat should be pinkish and there should be no odor. Check the “fresh label” and opt for free-range chicken when possible.
Your options for a chicken sandwich include:
- Fried or crispy chicken
- Breaded chicken
- Grilled chicken
- Shredded chicken
- Charbroiled chicken
The bread you choose will bring your sandwich together. You can’t go wrong here, it just depends on your preferences. Brioche buns are warm and buttery, whereas ciabatta bread is hard and chewy. Other options include pretzel buns, flatbread or sweet buns.
Cheese is a great addition to chicken. Some of the best cheeses for chicken sandwiches include mozzarella, gouda, provolone and asiago. You can throw a fresh slice onto your sandwich or melt it for extra goodness.
Lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles are standard for chicken sandwiches, but you can definitely shake this up. Spinach or arugula is a tasty alternative to lettuce, while fresh cucumbers can replace dill pickles. Avocados add a ton of flavor, though if you’re looking for flavor, a slice of bacon will do as well!
The right sauce will bring your chicken sandwich together. Mayo and mustard are the standards, but there are many other options to try like barbecue sauce, buffalo chicken sauce, pesto, horseradish cream, garlic sauce or even a homemade salsa.
Will you be adding chicken to your weekly meal plan? With so many ways to prepare this dish, everyone in the family can enjoy a sandwich they love. La Rosa Chicken and Grill has some of the tastiest, healthiest chicken sandwiches around. If you need a break from cooking, stop into today for a fresh meal!