This Cuban chicken sandwich can be found in cafeterias and restaurants all over Miami, or you can make it at home. It’s easy to make and a deliciously-different take on a standard chicken sandwich. Thin chicken breasts are seasoned with a combination of spices. They’re quickly fried, served on Cuban bread and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and potato sticks. See, really easy! If you can’t find Cuban bread, Italian bread makes a good substitute. If you need more great sandwich recipes, the steak version of this is called pan con bistec and it’s a classic. Want something a little more traditional, try this crispy chicken BLT, or this Buffalo chicken sandwich. Enjoy!
4 Thin Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless (about 1 lb.)
1 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
¼ tsp. Cumin
¼ tsp, Dried Oregano
¼ tsp. Black Pepper, or to taste
3-4 tbsp. Canola Oil, divided
1 Loaf of Cuban Bread
4 tbsp. Mayonnaise
2-3 cups Shredded Lettuce
2 Tomatoes, sliced
2 cups Potato Sticks
If you’re starting off with full chicken breasts, slice each breast in half, lengthwise (like butterflying but go all the way through). Pound each piece, to about ¼ – ½ inch thick. Add the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and pepper to a small bowl, stir to mix well. Season the chicken on both sides with the seasoning mix.
Heat a tablespoon or two of the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Add as many pieces as will fit comfortably in the skillet without overcrowding. Cook the chicken about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they’re a nice golden color and cooked through. Ensure the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165°F at its thickest piece. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. It may be necessary to add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet and to lower the heat just a bit for the second batch.
Build the Cuban chicken sandwich
Cut a piece of the Cuban bread about the size of one of the chicken breasts. Slice the bread open and spread 1 tbsp. of the mayonnaise on the top slice. Add the chicken breast, lettuce and tomato, then top the sandwich off with a generous amount of the potato sticks. Now, you can have the sandwich as is, or if you prefer your bread a little toasty, press it for a few minutes. If desired, brush some melted butter on top of the bread before pressing to get a nice sheen.
If Cuban Bread is not available in your area, use a loaf of Italian bread.
Potato Sticks are similar to potato chips. Find them in the chip aisle at the supermarket. They come in a bag or a can and there are several brands to choose from. If you can’t find them, crumble some ridged potato chips (like Ruffles), they make a pretty good substitute.
Makes 4 Sandwiches
Cuban Chicken Sandwich
- 4 Thin Chicken Breast Cutlets about 1 lb.
- 1 tsp. Salt
- ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
- ¼ tsp. Cumin
- ¼ tsp Dried Oregano
- ¼ tsp. Black Pepper or to taste
- 3-4 tbsp. Canola Oil divided
- 1 Loaf of Cuban Bread
- 4 tbsp. Mayonnaise
- 2-3 cups Lettuce shredded
- 2 Tomatoes sliced
- 2 cups Potato Sticks
- If you are starting with full chicken breasts, slice each breast in half, lengthwise. Pound each piece, using a meat mallet, to about ¼ - ½ inch thick.
- Add the salt, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and pepper to a small bowl, stir to mix well. Season the chicken on both sides with the seasoning mix.
- Heat the 1 or two tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Don't overcrowd the skillet, cook in batches if necessary.
- Cook the chicken about 3-4 minutes per side, until it’s a nice golden color and cooked through. Ensure the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165°F at its thickest piece.
- For the second batch, it may be necessary to add another tablespoon or so of oil and lower the heat just a bit.
- To make the sandwiches, cut a piece of Cuban bread roughly the size of a chicken piece. Slice the bread open and spread the mayonnaise on the top slice. Add the chicken breast, lettuce and tomato, then top the sandwich off with a generous amount of the potato sticks.
- Press the sandwich, if desired. To get a nice sheen on top, brush lightly with melted butter before pressing.