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Food: Dinner Tonight – Basil Chicken Sandwich

I have Banh Me – a Vietnamese take on a chicken sandwich – at least once a week from my favorite spot in San Francisco. So I figured I would try a recipe for Banh Me at home tonight – and see if I can get the family’s approval on a variation for the same old.


  • 2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce (sambal oelek)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce)   *** if you are allergic to soy or fish sauce, try Worcestershire Sauce–  I found it to taste almost the same without the adverse affect. 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup   – I am not going to use maple syrup. 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 mango, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil and cilantro leaves
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 baguette, cut into 4 pieces and toasted   *** or buy special buns for the Banh Me – check your local specialty grocers. 
  • pickled vegetables, for serving  
  • 4 fried eggs, for serving (optional)  {more}

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