Oct 2, 2009

Roasted Pepper & Chicken Sandwich


I can be short about this. Really short. Internet, meet our new favorite sandwich.

A few weeks ago—after an afternoon of hardcore shopping—we needed a quick bite to eat. That’s when it happened; I found my fridge pretty much devoid of fresh stuff. The only edible things I did find was some grilled chicken from the night before, a lonesome red bell pepper and an avocado. Now, I had absolutely no desire whatsoever to take a cranky 3-year-old to the grocery store with me knowing very well he would  throw an “I wanna” temper tantrum in the candy aisle, so I just had to make do with what I had.

Here’s what I came up with and seriously, this turned out to be the best darn sandwich I’ve had in a long, long time. It even exceeds my Creamy Onion Buns, and that’s saying a lot!



bread or buns of choice
(leftover) cold chicken
1/2 a small red onion
1 red bell pepper
1 medium avocado
2 tbsp mayonnaise
iceberg lettuce
dried chervil
mustard (yellow)



* my recipe was for two (and a half).

I’ve used the grill in my oven to roast my bell pepper. As soon as it’s nice and black, put it in a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside.


My beloved Hellmann’s—I appreciate it so much more after tasting miracle whip—and typical American ballpark mustard. I have a thing for that bright yellow stuff. Now for all you Americans living here, this mustard is really good. Perfect amidst all the French mustard in our supermarkets. But guys, trust me when I say the mustard is the ONLY thing by Tesi Bon labeled “American” you want to try. Steer clear from everything else.


Grab yourself a bowl and combine 2 or 3 tbsp mayonnaise, a splash of mustard (to taste) with a pinch of chervil and lots of black pepper.


In the mean time the steam will have done its job and peeling the bell pepper is now childsplay. Don’t remove all the black specks; they add flavor.


I thinly sliced the chicken. Some pieces ended up in my mouth. Others made it to the finish.


I thinly sliced a red onion. Onions are the one thing I’ll never run out of.


Slice the bell pepper in fairly thick strips. They were so sweet, a real flavor explosion. Hard to imagine just the smell of bell peppers used to maske me sick years ago.


You’re probably familiar with my preferred method by now. Slice the avocado inside the skin and scoop out the slices.


The first time I made this sandwich was with two regular slices of bread. It tasted great! But it wasn’t until I made them for the 3d or 4th time, we found out how absolutely brilliant these Italian buns are in combination with the topping. They added some sort of Italian herb mix to the dough.


Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the bread.


Now start layering. My layer preference is as follows: iceberg lettuce, chicken, roasted bell pepper, red onion slices, avocado. Crack some black pepper on top.


This was our lunch but really, it’s so rich and filling it can easily be eaten for dinner as well. Paired with a big glass of cold milk this makes me one seriously happy Dutch girl. I don’t need much to be happy.

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    1. 1

      Kay, this looks heavenly!

      Karin on Oct 2, 2009 @ 11:33 am Reply
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      This sandwich looks excellent. Gonna to try it later today. Thanks!

      Maria on Oct 2, 2009 @ 12:09 pm Reply
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      I love the sauce you are making. Roasted peppers is as well one of my favourites!

      tobias cooks! on Oct 2, 2009 @ 4:54 pm Reply
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      Hi Kay, this is again great! We are already addicted to the chicken/lettuche/mayonaise/tomato sandwiches, but I think with roasted bell pepper it will tast even better, and the mayonais mix…hmmmmmmmmmm.
      Will Kervel be really needed. I never just this herb and I am not sure I will use it in other recipes….


      ellen on Oct 2, 2009 @ 5:11 pm Reply
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      This looks so good. I have a whole box of red peppers from my garden. I am going to make this for lunch!

      Teri on Oct 2, 2009 @ 5:31 pm Reply
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      we are great sandwich lovers in this family…………….have made something similar. Once mixed chipotle sauce in with mayo. Something about roasted red peppers in or on anything that makes it special.

      BTW your photos are just xlnt!

      doodles on Oct 2, 2009 @ 6:40 pm Reply
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      Will Kervel be really needed. I never just this herb and I am not sure I will use it in other recipes….

      I use it a lot. Egg salads and potato salads, it really adds to it. But just grab whatever you like.

      Kay on Oct 2, 2009 @ 7:35 pm Reply
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      I love your pictures! (I guess I told you so)
      Well, I also love the combination of chicken, onions and bell pepper…
      however never crossed my mind to use avocado on a sandwich.
      I usually eat avocado cream, made of avocado (!), honey, lemon and milk.
      Have a nice weeked!

      Fernanda on Oct 2, 2009 @ 9:13 pm Reply
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      Well that’s just about perfect, isn’t it? Very nice!

      Chris on Oct 3, 2009 @ 4:04 pm Reply
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      @Kay: A bit of dried, crumbled between your fingers, rosemary in the spread goes great with chicken. Thyme works too in a pinch. I might also suggest, since you have the use of the Avocado, that instead of Chervil in the spread, try a nice dose of lime juice and/or some fresh cilantro.

      Jeff VW on Oct 3, 2009 @ 8:05 pm Reply
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      That is one nice looking sandwich!

      Kevin on Oct 3, 2009 @ 9:50 pm Reply
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      @Kay: Thanks, will buy the Kervel and use it!! You were the one who got me hooked on fresh Basil leaves also, so this will be my next addiction :D

      ellen on Oct 4, 2009 @ 6:37 am Reply
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      yummy, yummy!

      f.sarah on Oct 4, 2009 @ 1:43 pm Reply
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      Kay, I just finished eating this sandwich and it was great!!!! I added some bacon to it, because I absolutely love bacon!

      sadako on Oct 4, 2009 @ 10:21 pm Reply
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      Leftover chicken is so versatile! That’s why I love it so much! This sandwich looks awesome!

      Mrs Ergül on Oct 5, 2009 @ 3:37 am Reply
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      I just made this sandwich this evening and wanted to let you know how much I LOVED it….it has such a sweet – tangy – ….mmmm I could make it again tomorrow! I didn’t have any leftover chicken so just through a breast on the grill …I am amazed at the combinations, I guess ….it was just awesome! Thanks again for the post and the great website!

      Jacqueline Strawder on Oct 7, 2009 @ 12:54 am Reply
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      hearty looking…great photos!

      oneshotbeyond on Oct 13, 2009 @ 5:04 am Reply
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      Where did you get the bread? (Waar heb je dat broodje vandaan?) Bedankt!

      Denise on Nov 4, 2009 @ 12:17 pm Reply
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      Die verkopen ze hier bij de AH!

      Kay on Nov 4, 2009 @ 12:19 pm Reply
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      Dat dacht ik al, ga ‘m deze week maken! Dankjewel.

      Denise on Nov 4, 2009 @ 12:47 pm Reply
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      Hi Kay, I made this today for myself and my insatiable brother. He will now love me forever. It’s delicious! And you’re right, the Italian-style buns add so much to it.

      Meike on Dec 5, 2009 @ 7:55 pm Reply
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      sounds super yummy :) thank you for the recipe card.

      Vapor Pak on Dec 15, 2009 @ 7:15 am Reply
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      Just made this for dinner..was sooo yum ..My husband and I devoured it :)
      Thank u for this recipe .

      leena on Aug 3, 2013 @ 11:17 am Reply

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