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Hot chicken sandwich

A popular dish from the Eastern part of Canada consisting of shredded chicken sandwich served with a homemade gravy and green peas.

Hot chicken sandwich

Hot chicken sandwich or simple Hot Chicken is one of those forgotten top 10 traditional dish from Canada, more precisely East Canada. As a kid, I used to love when my mom would do a whole roasted chicken for dinner on sunday night, not because I loved the dish but because I knew I would get my favorite meal the next day from the leftovers; the warm and comforting hot chicken sandwich. Back in the days, this meal was my favorite! If you go visit the East part of Canada, you’ll see this dish in many “Casse-croûte” (bistrot kind of restaurant, for a quick bite by the road) or any traditional road express restaurants. This dish isn’t what I would call: high gastronomy… it’s more of a comfort food or kid friendly type of meal. Of course, back in Canada, they sell the “hot chicken” sauce/gravy in any supermarket. But those sauces are nothing compared to a homemade hot chicken gravy like the one in this recipe.

hot chicken sandwich

Homemade Gravy

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I live abroad now, so I had to learn how to make my own gravy for all those meals from home; from poutine to hot chicken. I highly recommend you to make your own sauce/gravy, it takes longer but the result is so worth the trouble, plus it’s terribly easy to make, simply forget the sauce for 30 minutes on high heat while keeping an eye on it in the end. In my Spanish culinary school, where I currently live, they always use thyme and wine in there gravy, so I took the habit to always add a splash of wine and thyme in my gravy as well. It gives the sauce this European dimension nobody can resist.

hot chicken sandwichGravy/sauce for this particular dish is simply to reduce a good, homemade preferably, broth (in my case, a little wine too) until slightly thick (milk consistency), then add a mixture of cornstarch mixed in a bit of cold water, add it to the gravy and wait until it gets thicker (cream consistency) and finish it up with a little bit of butter just to make it shine! It take quite long to reduce the broth almost completely but if you use a larger pan, the evaporation surface is larger than a small pot, it’s going to evaporate faster. Than once it’s almost all reduced, you can transfer it back to a smaller pot to finish it up. I usually make some baked homemade potato wedges next to it, in the oven, at the same time so both are ready in about 40 minutes. You’ll see once you make it this way, you’ll never go back to another type of gravy. This is such a rich, unctuous, simply divine sauce!

So let’s turn those leftovers of chicken into a hot chicken sandwich!

 


Hot chicken sandwich

Makes  2 Portion | Preparation: 40 minutes | Difficulty: easy

Ingredients
  • hot chicken sandwich4 slices of bread
  • 1 shredded chicken breast or equivalent in leftovers
  • 200g of frozen green sweet peas (or can)
  • 2.5 litres (10 cups) of homemade beef broth (or chicken broth)
  • 100ml of red wine
  • 1 thyme branch
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 10 g of butter
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions
The gravy/sauce
  1. In one or 2 big pans (2 faster) add the broth, thyme branch and wine and boil, high heat, for minimum 30 minutes, check on it once in awhile, (if the sides turns dark lower the flame) 
  2. Let it become slightly thick, milk texture (about 40 minutes to get there)
  3. In a small bowl, mix in 3 tbsp of cold water the cornstarch, mix well until dissolved
  4. Add to the sauce and let it thickens, cook a few more minutes until the sauce is the right consistency (to your taste, I like when it covers the back of the spoon, extra thick
  5. Add the butter and shake until melted
  6. Finish the sauce with a good amount of black pepper and check for the salt
IMG_3944The grand final
  1. In a small sauce pan, warm up in olive oil or butter the sweet green peas until warm
  2. Prepare the sandwich, adding the shredded chicken
  3. Add the peas on top of the sandwich
  4. Add the gravy on top of it all
  5. Serve

 

Serve this authentic Canadian dish with a few roasted potatoes wedges a sharp knife and a fork. Enjoy!

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