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  • Writer's pictureCecilia Tupac

Sánguche de Pollo: A Peruvian Chicken Sandwich Delight

Updated: Jun 17

Peruvian Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Today we're exploring one of Peru's most beloved creations, the "Sánguche de Pollo" - a delicious chicken mayo sandwich packed with flavour!

What is Peruvian Sánguche de Pollo?

"Sánguche de Pollo," or "Chicken Sandwich," is Peru's answer to the classic chicken mayo sandwich. Traditionally served in a baguette or crusty roll, this Peruvian favorite includes the usual ingredients like shredded chicken, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. What sets it apart are the native ingredients such as aji amarillo sauce, lime juice, and red onion, giving it a uniquely Peruvian taste.

What Does Peru's Chicken Sandwich Taste Like?

Peru is known for its bold flavors, and this Chicken Sandwich is no exception. Here are some of the unique ingredients that make the Peruvian Sánguche de Pollo stand out:

  • Aji Amarillo Sauce: Made from Andean Aji Amarillo peppers, this slightly spicy and fruity sauce greatly enhances the sandwich's flavor.

  • Avocado: Peruvians often add avocado slices for their creamy and smooth texture.

  • Lime Juice: Peruvian limes are extremely acidic and sour, balancing the richness of the mayonnaise.

  • Red Onion: Slices of red onion provide a satisfying crunch and sweetness.

Where to Eat Sandwiches in Lima, Peru?

Sandwiches in Lima Peru

Often paired with juices or smoothies, sandwiches are seen as a perfect quick snack, breakfast, or light lunch. They are usually found in markets across the capital. In Lima, dedicated sandwich shops, or Sangucherías, like "La Lucha" and "El Chinito" serve a wide selection of delicious and fresh sandwiches.

What are Peru's Most Popular Sandwiches?

Besides the classic chicken sandwich, here are three popular sandwiches regularly consumed in Peru:

  • Pan con Chicharrón: This iconic Peruvian sandwich is made with crispy pork belly (chicharrón) and red onions, served in a crusty bread roll.

  • Butifarra: A traditional Peruvian ham sandwich, usually served cold and made with jamón del país.

  • Sánguche de Lomo Saltado: Inspired by Peru's popular "Lomo Saltado" dish, this sandwich includes strips of marinated steak with fried onions and tomatoes.

How to Make a Peruvian Chicken Sandwich

Here's a simple and quick way to prepare a classic Peruvian Sánguche de Pollo:

  1. Boil the Chicken: Boil the chicken in salted water for around 20-25 minutes and let it cool once cooked.

  2. Prepare the Filling: Once cooled, shred the chicken into small pieces in a large bowl. Add chopped celery, American mustard, mayonnaise, lime juice, and aji amarillo sauce, and mix together.

  3. Assemble the Sandwich: Slice open the bread roll or baguette. Add lettuce, tomato, and the chicken filling.

Peruvian Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Watch the video below to see how this delicious chicken sandwich is made:

Peruvian Sánguche de Pollo Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast

  • 1 celery stick

  • 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon of American mustard

  • 1/2 lemon or lime

  • Salt and pepper to taste


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