The 8 Best Chicken Sandwiches to Upgrade Your Workday Lunch

Easy to make and clucking awesome

Chicken sandwiches are the ultimate workday lunch. Make an easy chicken recipe for dinner—they’re time savers that make sure you get your fill of lean protein—then save a little of the meat to stick between bread the next day. Like fried chicken? Throw it between two buns with some pickles and a bit of green leaf to make your coworkers jealous. Or combine those juicy bits from last night’s roasted chicken dinner with grilled tomatoes for the ultimate picnic entree. From ‘Bama-style chicken sandwiches to to chicken schnitzel, here are our 8 best chicken sandwich recipes.

Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese

Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese

This hearty twist on the classic Provençal pressed sandwich pan bagnat combines black olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted chicken, and thinly sliced vegetables. Make it at least two to three hours before you plan to serve it to really let the flavors marry. Get the recipe for Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese »

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw

Crunchy, spicy jalapeño slaw tops this ultra-crisp fried chicken sandwich from Bakesale Betty in Oakland. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw

Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli

Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Stromboli

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Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

These hickory-smoked chicken sandwiches are served with a tangy, mayonnaise-based white sauce. Get the recipe for Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce »

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio

“This dish is a fun take on the fried chicken sandwich; the horseradish cream offsets the bitterness of the radicchio and the richness of the schnitzel nicely. I love to eat this as a late night snack at the end of service.” — Eli Sussman, executive chef at New York’s Mile End Deli Get the recipe for Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio »

Chicken and Egg Club Sandwich

Chicken and Egg Club Sandwich

A toasted poppy seed bagel is piled high with crisp greens, oven-dried tomatoes, roasted chicken, bacon, a fried egg, and homemade buttermilk dressing for a decadent spin on the traditional club sandwich. Get the recipe for Chicken and Egg Club Sandwich »

Homemade Double Down

Homemade Double Down

Essentially a gussied-up version of chicken Cordon Bleu, KFC’s bun-less Double Down chicken sandwich gets a refined makeover thanks to a recipe developed by Ryan Adams: a 12-hour brine, creamy brie cheese, jamon iberico, and a Dijon-based sauce moutarde. Get the recipe for Homemade Double Down »

Chicken Katsu Sandwich

There are four key components to a classic katsu sando: a perfectly fried cutlet (in this case, chicken), Kewpie mayonnaise, Bull-Dog tonkatsu sauce, and the fluffiest Japanese milk bread.