A popular dish from Canada, the famous hot chicken sandwich consists of shredded leftovers of chicken or turkey served with an homemade gravy and sweet peas.

Hot chicken sandwich or simply ‘Hot Chicken‘ is one of those forgotten top 10 traditional dishes from Canada. It’s not spicy at all, in contrary to the famous Nashville hot chicken. It’s mostly popular in the French speaking part of Canada. As a kid, I used to love it when my mom would do a whole roasted chicken for dinner, not because I loved the dish but because I knew I would get my favorite meal the next day!

If you go visit the Eastern part of Canada, you’ll see this dish in many “Casse-croûte” (tiny restaurants, for a quick bite, by the road), or roasted chicken fast food chains. This dish isn’t what I would call: high gastronomy… it’s more of a comfort food or a kid friendly meal. Of course, back in Canada, they sell the “hot chicken” sauce/gravy in every supermarket. Although, I must say, these sauces are way too salty and filled with stabilisers, enhancers, colouring, etc. In other words, nothing like an homemade hot chicken gravy like this one!

Homemade Gravy

hot chicken sandwich

There’s nothing like a real homemade gravy, made with real stock or broth! Of course, it’s time consuming but well worth it! Living abroad for long now, I had to learn how to make my own gravy for all those meals from home; from poutine to hot chicken. The technique is terribly easy to make, simply let some broth reduce for 30 minutes on high heat while keeping an eye on it, of course. Of course, if you have no time, go ahead with a pre made mix.

Tips

  • Use a homemade broth, or ask your butcher if he’s got any, the stuff they sell in the supermarket is mainly salt so you won’t get this authentic meaty brown sauce result.
  • Go generously on the black pepper, don’t be shy
  • Don’t forget to try your gravy in the end, to adjust the salt
  • If you like it darker and onctuous you can always add a tiny bit of dark chocolate in the end
  • The last ingredient that goes in: the butter, is mainly to give the gravy this shine finish

The right pan

Hot chicken sandwich

To make Gravy/ brown sauce for this particular dish it’s super simple. Simply reduce a good, homemade or butcher’s broth. It takes quite long to reduce the broth but if you use a larger pan, the evaporation surface will be much larger consequently it’s going to evaporate faster. Once it’s almost all done, you can transfer it back to a smaller pot to finish it up. I usually make some baked homemade potato wedges next to my hot chicken which takes the same amount of time.

Storage

hot chicken sandwich

You can keep the extra gravy up to 4 days in the fridge otherwise, it’s always a good idea to make small quantities like in an ice cube tray to freeze. These little frozen cubes goes in everything! For example; pasta or an asian fried rice, extra kick to a soup or else. Can be kept up to 4-5 months in the freezer.

So let’s turn those leftovers of roasted chicken into a whole new dish!


Hot chicken sandwich

5 from 1 vote
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 565
A popular dish from the Eastern part of Canada, the famous hot chicken sandwich consists of shredded leftovers of chicken or turkey served with an homemade gravy and sweet peas.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of sandwich bread
  • 150 g shredded chicken or turkey
  • 200 g sweet peas (frozen or in can)

The gravy

  • 2.5 l chicken broth (homemade preferably (ask your butcher))
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 1 branch fresh thyme (*optional)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 10 g butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

The homemade gravy

  • In one or 2 big pans (2 faster) add the broth, thyme branch and wine, bring to a boil, high heat, for minimum 30 minutes, check on it once in awhile, (if the sides turns dark lower the flame) 
  • Let it become slightly thick, milk texture (about 40 minutes to get there)
  • In a small bowl, mix in 3 tbsp of cold water the cornstarch, mix well until dissolved
  • Add to the sauce and let it thickens, cook 2 more minutes until the sauce is the right consistency or until it covers the back of a spoon
  • Add the butter and mix until melted
  • check seasoning (salt and pepper)

The sandwich

  • In a small sauce pan, warm up in olive oil or butter the sweet green peas until cooked through and warm
  • Prepare the sandwich, no need to toast the bread, add the shredded chicken
  • Add the peas on top of the sandwich
  • Cover completely the sandwich in the gravy sauce

Notes

Unlike a normal sandwich… don’t dare eat this one with your hands. Use a fork and knife!
Author: thefoodolic
Calories: 565kcal
Course: Plato principal
Cuisine: French Canadian
Keyword: gravy, hot chicken, sandwiches, sweet peas

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 4963mg | Potassium: 757mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1046IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 5mg
Nutrition Facts
Hot chicken sandwich
Amount per Serving
Calories
565
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
92
mg
31
%
Sodium
 
4963
mg
216
%
Potassium
 
757
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
52
g
17
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Protein
 
33
g
66
%
Vitamin A
 
1046
IU
21
%
Vitamin C
 
42
mg
51
%
Calcium
 
160
mg
16
%
Iron
 
5
mg
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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