Spicy Shredded Chicken Sandwiches with Lime Mayonnaise

How to make chicken sandwiches with lime mayonnaise and pickled jalapeños. Jump to the recipe for Spicy Shredded Chicken Sandwiches with Lime Mayonnaise or read on to see our tips for making them.

I love these easy chicken sandwiches — they are full of flavor and are loosely inspired by a Vietnamese Bánh mì sandwich. They usually include some kind of protein, a delicious mayo spread and lots of pickled vegetables.

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Spicy Chicken Sandwiches with Lime Mayonnaise

In this case, we used warm shredded chicken for the protein. Whenever we need shredded chicken we go straight to our Tender and Flavorful Shredded Chicken Recipe — it takes about 1 hour and makes the best shredded chicken.

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Then we make a flavored mayonnaise — you can start with store-bought mayo or make your own. It’s flavored with lime juice, zest and a little salt. It’s simple, but so flavorful in these sandwiches. Finally we add lots of crisp lettuce, tomato, cilantro and a bunch of spicy pickled jalapeños.

Lime Mayonnaise

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Spicy Shredded Chicken Sandwiches with Lime Mayonnaise

  • PREP

You can buy precooked rotisserie chicken and shred it for these sandwiches. Or, if you have the time, make your own shredded chicken. Here’s our favorite recipe that makes unbelievably tender chicken.

Makes 2 sandwiches

You Will Need

1/2 cup mayonnaise, see our recipe for homemade mayonnaise

1 lime

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 baguette

1 cup shredded chicken, warmed

4 red lettuce leaves

4 slices tomato

Handful of cilantro leaves

1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices or try candied jalapeños


  • Make Lime Mayo
  • 1In a bowl, stir the mayonnaise with the zest and juice of one lime. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  • Make Sandwiches
  • 1Slice the baguette in half to make two smaller baguettes then slit them lengthwise, and then use your fingers to hollow out the insides, making a trough in both halves.

    2Generously spread the inside of the bread with mayonnaise. Start from the bottom portion of bread, layer the rest of the ingredients. Close the sandwiches then cut in half for easy eating.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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13 comments… Leave a Review
  • Angie June 25, 2023, 7:53 pm

    Found this recipe to use some left over shredded chicken we had. I used whole wheat bread instead and left out the cilantro. It tasted amazing and was super easy to prepare. This would be great for quick meals and picnic outings!

  • Dione January 1, 2023, 3:38 pm

    Just had this today for the first time. My only change was to add Sriracha, as my husband and I love our food spicy. The flavours were so fresh and delicious. I will definitely make this again, and again!

  • Judy January 11, 2019, 3:59 pm

    Recipes look so Good!

  • Maija February 27, 2018, 7:47 pm

    All of the flavors pre perfectly balanced! This sandwich is entering my normal rotation. Made It for dinner and packed leftovers for my husbands lunch. Held up fine in the fridge overnight and was not soggy (we did use a tougher baguette, closer to a ciabatta). Every recipe I have tried from your site has been perfect!!

  • Jayshree May 8, 2017, 4:47 am

    Hi!I’m glad you enjoying spring,I’m in S.A.it’s Autumn,love ur recipes,infact I have always made shredded chicken with mayo.for my kids wen growing up.but with lemon zest/juice that’s interesting,and what was interesting was the wings to grill them first then add the sauce.gr8.I also have something that I tried and tasted delicious dip:no specific measures plain greek yogurt,can add cream cheese,fresh basil parsley mint,put in blender,add to yogurt,pinch salt n pepper some honey.fry prawns and dip..amazing.enjoy

  • Ben February 28, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Oh that looks so delicious! What a beautiful blog! 🙂

    • inspiredtaste March 1, 2011, 7:56 am

      Miri Leigh – thanks! We could go for a picnic right about now!

      Ben – you are too kind!

  • Miri Leigh February 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    This looks like a wonderful sandwich- perfect for a picnic or tasty lunch!

  • Josh February 23, 2011, 8:11 pm

    What’s even better with the Lime Mayonnaise is if you also run a whole raw jalapeño through your grater / microplane for a little smoky kick!
    I like to use Japanese mayonnaise (Kewpie brand) for it.

  • Mrs. L February 23, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Beautiful photos! Definitely makes me want to try the sandwich. I so need to get my good camera out and play with it.

  • Eliana February 23, 2011, 11:11 am

    Mission accomplished is right! Not only are all of these photos amazing but the sandwich looks pretty darn tasty as well. I really love how the color green popped in all of these.

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon February 23, 2011, 8:54 am

    Mission accomplished…those are definitely cool photos. Looking at them I can almost trick myself into believing it’s warm and sunny outside.

    • inspiredtaste February 23, 2011, 9:06 am

      Wendi – the funny thing is, we took those photos last Friday when it was oddly warm outside! We sure do wish that weather would come back, with a sandwich or two!


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