Jun 24, 2014

Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

I have a love/hate relationship with the red onion sauce our grillrooms serve with the shoarma that’s often eaten after a night out. It’s one of the mellowest sauces ever, but also quite oily. It’s not exactly a low-fat recipe, but so chockfull of flavour and it goes with pretty much anything you can think of, and then some. That counts for something, right?

Found only a small handful recipes online, and none of them came even close to the flavour or consistency that I wanted. Come to think of it, it’s more like a dressing than it is a real sauce, so I had to change my way of thinking.

I created two versions: a version that combines all ingredients raw. Easy does it. Just put it all in a bowl, mix it up, and let the flavours mingle in the fridge for some time. Real tasty and a quick way to whip up a great tomato sauce.

For the other version I lightly cooked the onions along with the tomato paste. It results in a slightly sweeter sauce. I ended up combining both sauces, and eureka, that was probably one of the best decisions, ever!
 

Ingredients:

 
Red Onion Sauce:

1/4 onion
1/8 tsp ground cumin
dash cayenne
1/4 tsp sweet paprika powder
1/8 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp + 1 tsp tomato paste
pinch of salt & pepper

 
Chicken Sandwich:

4 buns of choice
2 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthways
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp shoarma seasoning
1/4  to 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
salt to tasty
garlic sauce
lettuce

 

Directions:

Finely mince 1/4 onion.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Heat the oil and cook the onions for a minute or so. Long enough to get rid of the raw flavour but not long enough for them to soften.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Add the tomato paste.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

I only want it to sweeten up a bit, so I don’t cook it for more than a minute. Let it all cool off.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Transfer everything to a bowl and add the listed spices.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Stir well and finish with 2 tbsp water. That’s it.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

The raw version is even simpler. Combine everything in a bowl.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

And stir well. This is a slightly fresher, more pungent sauce. Especially when made far in advance.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

But then I decided to combine both sauces. Bingo! That was the flavour I was after.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Mix the oil with the shoarma seasoning and chipotle chili powder. Feel free to add more  seasoning if you want a deeper flavour.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Brush the chicken with the flavoured oil and season with salt to taste.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

You’ll have 1/2 an onion left. Would be a shame not to use it, right? It’s an onion! I turned it into slices and grilled them.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Grill the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on their thickness.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Flip them over halfway through the grilling process.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

And grill the onion slices as well. Gotta have my onion fix.
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

 

That’s it, people! Open up the bread, top it with the lettuce, the chicken, grilled onions and the red sauce. I also add some of this garlic sauce (which pairs amazingly well with French fries, just so you know!).

 

Extremely happy with how this sauce and sandwich came out!
Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich

Chicken & Red Onion Sauce Sandwich
Ingredients
    Red Onion Sauce:

    1/4 onion
    1/8 tsp ground cumin
    dash cayenne
    1/4 tsp sweet paprika powder
    1/8 tsp parsley
    1/4 tsp oregano
    1/8 tsp brown sugar
    2 tbsp sunflower oil
    2 tbsp water
    1 tbsp + 1 tsp tomato paste
    pinch of salt & pepper

    Chicken Sandwich:

    4 buns of choice
    2 chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthways
    3 tbsp oil
    1 tbsp shoarma seasoning
    1/4  to 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
    salt to tasty
    garlic sauce
    lettuce

Directions
    Finely mince 1/4 onion. Heat the oil and cook the onions for a minute. Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute. Let the onions cool off. Transfer to a bowl and add the listed spices and 2 tbsp water and stir well.

    The raw version is even simpler. Combine everything in a bowl, stir well and let the flavours mingle in the fridge. I decided to mix the two sauces and it was amazing!

    Mix the oil with the shoarma seasoning (recipe can be foundover at the website) and chipotle chili powder and brush the chicken with the mix. Season with salt to taste. You also have 1/2 an onion left, feel free to slice and grill them.

    Grill the chicken for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping them halfway. Griloing time depends on their thickness. Open up the bread, top it with the lettuce, the chicken, grilled onions and the red sauce and, optionally, garlic sauce.

Meal type: sandwich, lunch
Servings: 4
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    4 Comments »

    1. 1

      I was still doubting between pasta or bread-n-soup for dinner this evening… No longer though, I’m off to the bakery for buns and we’re having THIS for dinner :)

      Joyce on Jun 24, 2014 @ 4:15 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Do you think the Red Onion Sauce would make a decent pizza sauce?

      A.A. Bruisee on Jul 3, 2014 @ 12:09 am Reply
      1. Somehow I don’t think it would be tasty on a pizza.

        Kay on Jul 3, 2014 @ 7:57 am Reply
    3. 3

      My husband would love this sauce. We are fasting Ramadan right now and this would be perfect as a topping for a late night chicken sandwich before bed to tide us over the next day.

      Nevine on Jul 3, 2014 @ 8:55 am Reply

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