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Chicken Sandwiches That Are Better Than Hamburgers

In the world of sandwiches, burgers are booming. While a juicy burger is pretty spectacular, chicken can be every bit as good when allowed to shine. The problem is many eateries don’t even give it a chance, resorting to the same formula of a grilled breast, sliced tomato, a few lettuce leaves, and maybe a smear of mayo. That’s hardly an inspiring meal. With a bit of imagination, though, the bird can be a perfect canvas for different flavors and cooking methods. Try one of these six sandwiches, and you’ll convert to team chicken.

1. Indian Pulled-Chicken Sandwiches

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You don’t have to order takeout to enjoy a meal packed with the taste of India. This delicious sandwich from Food & Wine uses rotisserie chicken, curry powder, and jarred chutney to make a seriously flavorful sandwich in record time. The method is pretty similar to making a standard chicken salad. Blend the yogurt dressing in the food processor, then toss it with shredded chicken, cilantro, and scallions. A few leaves of arugula add a peppery bite that goes perfectly with the sweet and spicy salad.


  • ¾ cup plain, whole-milk yogurt
  • ¾ cup mango chutney
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons mild curry powder
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken, shredded, skin and bones discarded
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 4 sandwich rolls, split

Directions: In a food processor, pulse yogurt, chutney, lime juice, and curry until blended, but not entirely smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl, add chicken, scallions, and cilantro. Toss to coat, and season with salt and pepper. Lay arugula over rolls, top with chicken mixture, and serve.