California Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Have you ever wondered “What is a California chicken sandwich?”. This recipe will not only satisfy that question, but also your need for a delicious and easy-to-make lunch.

  • Servings 4
  • 45
  • Easy


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  • 4 tbsp of heart healthy* Mazola® Corn Oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup of panko
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 8 mini chicken breast fillets
  • 4 buns
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced
  • ½ iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Mexican hot sauce

  • For the Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 Greek yogurt
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp apple vinegar
  • Parsley, to taste

How to prepare the best California Chicken Sandwich

  1. First things first: put the flour, buttermilk and panko into three different plates. 
  2. On one plate, season the flour with salt and pepper. 
  3. On the second plate, add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt and pepper to the buttermilk and mix well. 
  4. Dip a piece of chicken into the buttermilk mix so that it is completely covered. Remove and shake off any excess, then dip into the flour, and then into the panko plate. 
  5. Allow any excess buttermilk to drip off. Turn over to make sure they are completely coated. Then repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. 
  6. Pour the Mazola® Corn Oil into the preheated pan.
  7. Place the chicken breasts and cook for 15–20 minutes, until golden and cooked through, turning halfway through cooking.
  8. Meanwhile, make the yogurt dressing; mix together the yogurt, crushed garlic and vinegar with a little salt and pepper. Taste and add more vinegar if needed.
  9. Slice open the buns and divide the avocado slices between them. Top it with shredded iceberg lettuce.
  10. Once the chicken breasts are cooked, place them on top of the lettuce and spoon over dollops of the yogurt dressing, as well as a drizzle of hot sauce, if desired. 
  11. Close the buns and serve this delicious California chicken sandwich immediately to enjoy it even more!

Pro Tips

Why is it called a sandwich?

Though the modern concept of a sandwich (vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed between slices of bread or bread-like good) goes way back, it was in 18th-century Europe that started its meteorically rise to being one of our favorite foods.

It is widely said that the sandwich is named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. The story goes that the English aristocrat used to order his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread, because it allowed him to continue playing cards, while still eating, not using a fork but without getting his cards greasy.

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*Very limited and preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 tablespoon (16 grams) of corn oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in corn oil. FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim. To achieve this possible benefit, corn oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day. One serving of this product contains 14 grams of corn oil.

See for information about the relationship between corn oil and heart disease.


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