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A Cuban chicken sandwich displayed on a wood cutting board. A thin chicken breast on Cuban bread topped with shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes and potato sticks.

Cuban Chicken Sandwich

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword chicken sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 866kcal


  • 4 Thin Chicken Breast Cutlets about 1 pound
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper or to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoon Canola Oil divided
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Loaf of Cuban Bread or use a loaf of Italian bread if Cuban is not available
  • 4 tablespoon 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 2 tablespoons 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, or 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.
  • If cooking in batches: For the second batch, it may be necessary to add another tablespoon or so of oil and lower the heat just a bit.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat. Keep the chicken warm by tenting with a piece of aluminum foil and/or place it in the oven or microwave. The chicken will stay nice and warm away from drafts.

Cook the Onions

  • Place the skillet back over medium heat and add the sliced onions. Cook the onions for a few minutes, until they start to soften. Cook them as little or as much as you like. Just keep in mind that the longer you cook them, the sweeter they will get.

Make the Chicken Sandwiches

  • Cut a piece of Cuban bread roughly the size of the chicken. Slice the bread open and spread 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise on the top slice. Add the chicken breast, cooked onions, lettuce and tomato, then top the sandwich off with a generous amount of the potato sticks.


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.


Calories: 866kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1527mg | Potassium: 1481mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 20.7mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5.2mg