Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

Summer is almost here! And with summer comes lots of BBQ’s and of course, picnics!! It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a picnic, but I have very fond memories of packing picnics to take the beach or out fishing with my dad. I also remember making picnic lunches for my mom. She would get home around lunch time and I made her go sit outside at the picnic table and then I made a menu with two options for sandwiches on it. I always wanted her to pick the tuna salad because that was all I knew how to make and she knew that, so of course, she always went for the tuna. I don’t think I will be enjoying many picnics living out in the desert this year, but perhaps a nice indoor picnic with lots of A/C would be nice! ;)

I was recently asked by the folks over at Kettle Brand Chips to be a part of their Perfect Picnic Pairings program. The task was simple: create a summer picnic menu and pair it with one of their flavors! I have been a big fan of Kettle Brand Chips for some time. When you open a bag, you know you are getting chips made with real ingredients and by real people! Kettle Brand Chips has been making great-tasting, all-natural chips since 1982.

One of my favorite things about Kettle Brand Chips (aside from all the great flavors) is that they have used all-natural, non-GMO ingredients since they started. Kettle Brand Chips do not contain any trans fats, MSG, or artificial flavors or colors! You have to love a company that insists on using only natural ingredients! You can actually pronounce the ingredients in their chips and that is something I really appreciate.

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

So I happily accepted this task and set off on thinking what I wanted to pack in my picnic basket! It was a tough decision given all of the great flavors they make! You guys know I am obsessed with all things Mexican, and since I am now living in the southwest, I decided to go with the Jalapeño! It is truly one of my favorite flavors with their zesty, south of the border flavor. These chips definitely have a nice kick to them and I absolutely love it!

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

Now, what else was I going to pack with these chips?! When it comes to picnics, I like to pack foods that are simple to make and that will travel well. Sandwiches and salads are the way to go! I decided to make a southwestern chicken sandwich with spicy chipotle mayo. You can never go wrong with spicy chipotle mayo, my friends. This spicy sandwich paired really nicely with the jalapeño chips!

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

After all the spicy flavors you are going to get from the chips and the sandwich, you are going to want something cool and refreshing for dessert, so I mixed up some of my fruit salad with honey lemon dressing!

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich And to wash it all down, why not try my skinny strawberry or raspberry margaritas? This spring sangria would also be fabulous!


This southwestern-inspired picnic was a big hit in this house and I think I will be making a lot of these sandwiches this summer along with a big bowl of Jalapeño Kettle Brand® chips!
Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

Southwestern Chicken Sandwich


For the chipotle mayo:

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (you can use more if you want it to be spicier)
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I used reduced fat mayo with olive oil)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning

For the sandwich:

  • 4 slices of sandwich bread (I used sourdough, but you can use whichever kind you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast (I used shredded rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon (optional)
  • 2 slices of pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced into 4 slices
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 lime


  1. Add all of the mayo ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in the juice from the 1/2 lime.
  3. To build the first sandwich, place the bread down on a flat surface. Layer some of the chicken, followed by the cheese, bacon, and two of the tomato slices. Spoon half of the mashed avocado on top. Take the other piece of bread and spread as much of the chipotle mayo as you would like. Place the bread, mayo side down on top of the sandwich. Repeat the same steps to make the other sandwich.
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Southwestern Chicken Sandwich

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  1. We love salami… that would be one. Lot’s of beverages……

  2. Sweet tea and cokes.

  3. I would include Peanut Butter & Jelly or Cheese Sandwiches, apples, pretzels and juice drinks.

  4. I would have sparkling water, potato salad, french bread, cheese, chocolate chip cookies, deli meats.
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  6. We pack Portuguese rolls, peaches, and water.

  7. It isn’t a picnic without chips :)

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  9. We like to pack homemade pasta salad, fresh fruit and water bottles

  10. We always include chips and fresh fruit.

  11. Something healthy-but-not, like cinnamon apple chips. :)

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  12. What a great looking sandwich! For picnics, we love a good hunk of bread, cheese and meat. And a little sweetness… maybe fruit. Nothin’ better!

  13. We love to snack on a southwestern chicken salad with blue corn chips. Yum!

  14. I would eat that sandwich and chips for breakfast right now!! It’s looks amazingly delicious. :) Love Kettle chips. :)

  15. Now this is my kind of sandwich! The Kettle Chips soound delish!! I would go withyou on a picnic anytime!! Great recipes!! Now I want a sandwich!

  16. i would add triple chocolate cookies! :)

  17. soda, salt and vinegar chips and a BLT !

  18. always gotta have bottled water

  19. Is it weird I’d put the chips ON the sandwich? Yummmm.

  20. There is an adobo seasoning?! I didn’t know! I gotta go find it today when I go for grocery shopping! Your chicken sandwich looks delicious. The weather is so good outside that I pack my own lunch and go out. :)

    Such a generous giveaway. What do I want to pack for picnic? I’m famous for bringing a lot of all kinds of fruits for picnic and potluck. So fruits for sure!

  21. I’m a sucker for cucumber sandwiches on a picnic! But definitely spicy potato chips too and something really refreshing to drink – perhaps sangria (I make mine with Tang, so we call it Tangria)?

  22. I have young kids I love to pack finger foods. We love uncrustables, string cheese, carrots, grapes, granola bars, dried fruit and caprisuns

  23. In my picnic basket is cheese, crackers, red wine, kettle chips (honey Dijon is my fave) and nuts and chocolate
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  24. We always leave room for chips and fruit with giant sandwiches like this. I love rotisserie chicken on sandwiches :)

  25. I like a picnic with ham and cheese sandwiches, wine, and cookies.

  26. Sandwiches are ALWAYS my lunch of choice, and with a southwest flair? SIGN ME UP!

  27. My basket would include crackers and cheese, fresh fruit and wine

  28. I always include fruit and pasta salad!

  29. Sandwiches, hummus and veggies, fruit, and cookies. And iced tea to drink.

  30. I always include something sweet (like summer fruit) and something salty (like chips) and cheese and wine.

  31. Cheese, nuts, potato salad, water.

  32. I pack sandwiches, chips, and cookies.

  33. Fried chicken, french bread, brownies, and lemonade.

  34. I’d include some sandwiches, fruit, chips and some cheese.
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  35. Sandwiches, chips, and fresh fruit.

  36. potato salad

  37. I would pack fried chicken, potato salad, fruit and lemonade.

  38. I always pack homemade salsa

  39. I would include a superfood salad with smoked salmon, fresh fruit, and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

  40. I would include turkey sandwiches, grapes, and potato chips

  41. I usually include ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches.

  42. Water, chicken fingers, and BBQ wraps = best lunch evar

  43. I would include fried chicken, chips, fruit, and more.

  44. my perfect picnic basket would have a nice salad and some bread.

  45. Ham ‘n swiss, a piece of fruit, and a bit of gin.

  46. Cheese, crackers, fruit and some sandwiches too! Oh, and some water bottles!

  47. On picnics with the kids, there are always PB&J’s, chips, fruit and soda :) Then we add other stuff based on what we have or what’s on sale :)

  48. We pack fruit salad, water , brownies and trail mix.
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  50. Grapes, strawberries, Brie, artisan crackers, and of course a bottle of champagne.

  51. I would pack turkey sandwiches, chips of course, fresh fruit, and maybe brownies for dessert. And I love your idea of including margaritas!

  52. bread and cheese. Strawberries. orzo salad. Honey dijon chips

  53. pita chips, hummus, veggies, feta

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  54. I’d pack carrot sticks, an Izzie beverage in Clementine, roasted red pepper hummus, and a Greek salad. :)

  55. I usually pack Cold grilled Chicken, my homemade macaroni and a fruit salad

  56. My summer picnic basket would include wine, cheese and crackers.

  57. all this food looks delicious

  58. sandwiches, fresh fruit, and fresh veggies!

  59. Ham sandwich, potato chips and sodas

  60. Pasta salad with Italian dressing goes over well. Travels pretty good, too.

  61. Jalapeno Roll ups, crackers and cheese, fresh fruit and a couple of wine coolers.
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  62. Fresh squeezed lemonade, yogurt/fruit parfait, roasted chicken sandwiches with bacon and swiss cheese on wheat and Kettle chips.

  63. Usually crackers, cheese, and other finger foods.

  64. Potato salad and ham n cheese croissant sandwiches are included in my picnic basket.

  65. cold fried chicken and potato salad

  66. I would include fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, and kettle chips, of course!

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  68. I would include grapes, brie, prosciutto wrapped melon and triscuits! Oh, and wine!

  69. I always include fruit, iced tea, and some ham and cheese sandwiches!

  70. I would include a summer fruit salad with watermelon and cantaloupe.

  71. water, wine, fruit, sandwhiches, chips, pickles, desserts

  72. grape juice and pb j’s

  73. I like to include fresh fruit, some home made salad such as potato salad or cole slaw and sandwiches.

  74. always need something salty like chips and fresh fruit especially watermelon or cherries

  75. I like to have fresh fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes), deli meat and cheese, and some good bread.

  76. sandwiches, potato salad and chocolate chip cookies

  77. Fresh fruit, cut up veggies, artichoke dip , chips and cookies and sandwiches. With pop and juice boxes.

  78. My son is a fruit-a-holic, so fresh fruit is a must in addition to hummus, whole grain pita chips, cheese, nuts, and some turkey.
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  79. A summer picnic basket? I like the looks of yours! I am big on chicken salad sandwiches too, and cole slaw, and chips!

  80. Lot’s of fresh fruit and especially watermelon!
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  81. I haven’t had a picnic in a long time, but I always bring sandwiches, chips and cookies.

  82. Your sandwich looks delicious!

    In my summer picnic basket, I would include sandwiches (the kids love pb&j), chips, fruit and drinks.

  83. ham and cheese sandwiches, potato chips, macaroni salad

  84. Our favorite picnic is fried chicken, mom’s potato salad, home grown tomatoes and home made lemonade.

  85. sandwiches or foil packs, fruit, chips!! Thanks for a chance to win, too! kmassman gmail

  86. We always include Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches for the kids!

  87. sandwiches and chips

  88. I would include Blue Chips w/ Salsa, Apples, Grapes, Cheese & Crackers and Fried Chicken.

  89. I like to take assorted sandwiches, fruit salad, potato salad, soda, and Kettle chips!
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  90. sub sandwiches, chips, and fruit.

  91. I would include chicken salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, kettle chips, and bottled water.

  92. I love what you packed in your basket. We have a very similar content. I usually pack sandwiches or wraps, fruit, iced tea, kettle chips are a must, sometimes also nuts and chocolate.

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  93. deli meat nice bread, cheese,fruit salad, pasta salad

  94. I like to have finger foods like brie with cheese and some fruit.

  95. Our picnics always include a sandwich, crisp salad, and homemade potato salad. Yummy!

  96. My picnic basket? Wine. Mmm…

  97. Fresh summer fruit salad!

  98. I like to include shrimp cocktail, crusty french bread and brie.

  99. My picnic basket always has potato salad, pasta salad, and cold cuts for sandwiches :)

  100. We go for easy stuff like chips, sandwhiches, beef jerky and lots of drinks. Thank you!

  101. my perfect picnic has some good bread, cheese, grapes (or better yet wine!)and a fun dessert

  102. Definitely watermelon & sparkling water.

  103. I always make sure I have watermelon in our picnic basket.

  104. Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Potato Chips – the crispiest tastiest chip around!

  105. lunchmeats and cheeses

  106. potato salad and grapes :)

  107. I would pack fresh bread, cheese, and meat from my local Polish deli and some sparkling water and fruit. YUM!

  108. I always have lots of fresh fruit, subs, and pieces of dark chocolate in my picnic basket.

  109. Turkey sandwiches and some honeycrisp apples

  110. sandwiches chips fruit & wine

  111. I never leave for a picnic without my deli salad…. I found this recipe out of my taste of home magazine and it’s become a favorite in my house!

  112. My basket would have homemade potato salad, fried chicken breast filets, homegrown tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, a bottle of sparkling wine and brownies.

  113. I tweeted

  114. Sandwiches, soda, potato chips and fruit

  115. Olive oil with herbs, fresh baked bread, sunbutter and sparkling cider.

  116. I would put strawberries and roast beef sandwiches in my basket.

  117. I want to pack this recipe and fruit salad

  118. BLTs

  119. Love pepperjack cheese!

  120. fruit yourgurt and granola-yummy

  121. I always have potato salad, yum!!

  122. i include cookies and fresh fruit in my picnics

  123. Sub sandwiches or maybe pasta salad.

  124. Gotta have fresh fruit.

  125. I would have sandwiches, hummus, fresh fruit especially pinapple its my familys favorite and sweet tea./water

  126. Sandwich, fruit, napkins, and fruit

  127. Sandwiches are always a great bet, but so is pasta salad for a picnic. Fresh fruit and bread are nice additions. Some dessert is usually a must wherever I’m going so perhaps cookies or something simple carried along as well! There are a lot of options, but the best thing to bring to a picnic is good company! :)

  128. We always have sandwiches, fresh fruit, corn on the cob and chips in our picnic basket.
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  129. I would definitely pack hummus & chips, coconut water, and grapes… some of my favorites and all perfect for a sunny picnic!

  130. I always have potato salad!

  131. I like to add a blanket, fruit and snack items.
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  133. I would bring some Kettle Chips. They are my favorite. Other musts include sparkling water and fresh strawberries.

  134. turkey subs, cole slaw, 7 layer salad, peach tea

  135. i like it simple like you had above..sandwiches melon salad and some hummus and pita chips..dont forget the wine

  136. id have bottled water and turkey sandwiches and a large salad

  137. veggie burgers on whole wheat buns with some kettle chips of course! LOL

  138. I always make hummus for our picnics. It tastes great and it good for you too. I make a basic recipe then add jalapenos and roasted pasilla and bell peppers.

  139. I would have fruit and pasta salad in my basket

  140. Hubby usually always makes sure Kettle Brand chips are in there.. and apples! =)

  141. Sandwiches, fruit salad, cookies, chips, crackers and cheese and drinks.

  142. All ways take iced tea…summer fave

  143. It would include kettle potato chips

  144. Deviled eggs, hoagies, an assortment of chips and watermelon.

  145. I have sandwiches, chips, cookies, and drinks in my picnic basket.

  146. seedless grapes and danimals yogurt drink

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  147. Turkey sandwiches and chips!

  148. Delicious! Well, I like to include sandwiches, chips, salad, fresh fruit, cookies, and drinks.

  149. Always bring a fresh cold cut sandwich, made with two slices of whole wheat bread, mayo, cheese, turkey, salami and mortadella.

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  150. I always pack fresh fruit and a bottle of wine in our picnic basket.

  151. My family is all about sandwiches so that’s usually what goes in our picnic basket. I am going to add a Southwestern Chicken Sandwich this week for sure!

  152. We would include guacamole home made.

  153. Something new I am including in our picnic basket this year is Infused waters. They help with detoxification energy and hydration, perfect after spending the day outside. My favorite is strawberry and kiwi, put as much fruit in water as you like and let the water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking. It is delicious and refreshing!

  154. I’d put iced tea in my basket

  155. My perfect picnic basket would include fried chicken, potato salad and fruit salad.

  156. Turkey sandwich, chips / dip, fruit, and a nice salad

  157. cold cuts, bread, chips and dips, cold beer!

  158. Usually hummus & pita – though I do love hummus on crunchy potato chips too!

  159. lots of fresh fruit

  160. Fried chicken and potato salad.

  161. chicken salad sandwiches, chips and cookies

  162. Cheese, grapes, strawberries, crackers & champagne

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