THE humble chicken sandwich, being an easy undertaking, is a common misconception. At a glance, it appears simple and unassuming but just like its classic beef counterpart, making the perfect one requires nailing several components such as the star of the sandwich itself, which is a tender and moist chicken fillet, a sauce to compliment and not overpower, the right vegetables for texture and the pillowy buns that hold everything together.
If you’re craving a delicious chicken sandwich, here’s a list of places where you can get your fix:
Don John’s (@donjohnsph)
Address: YelloCube Food
Hub, 2Wilson Place,
Wilson St., Lahug
Every sandwich by Don John’s comes with not just one piece of chicken but two, making every bite just as hefty as the last. Its Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich comes in four spice levels: Plain Jane, Mild, Hot and the off-the-menu, by-request-only Reaper, which is brushed with 100 percent pure Carolina Reaper sauce. Apparently, it’s so hot that you’ll be asked to sign a waiver when you order it. It’s the perfect challenge for spice lovers.
Address: B. Rodriguez St., Cebu
City (beside Phoenix Gas Station)
Switching things up, “The White Chick” is a sub-style chicken sandwich, replacing the classic burger bun with a 9” Italian roll made in collaboration with a local bakeshop. Instead of the usual breaded fillet, a whole chicken breast is rubbed with a secret spice mix, chopped into bite-sized pieces and fried on the griddle. It is then perched on a bed of crisp chopped lettuce before being smothered in chicken alfredo sauce for a creamy finish.
Address: The Bank, Ethan House, Gov. M.
Cuenco Ave., Banilad
The brand keeps it uncomplicated and focuses on quality and execution with its two chicken sandwiches on the menu: the Slick Chick, a straightforward, no-fuss take on the chicken sandwich made with buttermilk fried chicken, cider slaw and the signature Bad Bird sauce on a brioche bun; and the Country Cock, a treat for those who love it spicy, with Nashville Hottie Sauce, dill pickles and honey butter.
Address: Robinsons Cybergate and SM City Cebu
Jake’s Original is the quintessential Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich done right: an unbelievably moist fillet thoroughly coated in a special spice rub, creamy coleslaw and slices of tangy pickles. For those who can’t take the heat, Luncheonette also has other chicken sandwiches like the Naked Bird (a plain chicken fillet on buns, that’s it), “Cordon Bleu” (with smoked ham and three cheeses), Texican (chipotle BBQ sauce) and the C-BLT (a chicken sandwich with bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, basically).
DIMES Bistro + Coffee (@dimesbistrocebu)
Address: Toyota Mabolo, 53
Pope John Paul II Ave.,
The bistro’s take on the chicken sandwich is a thoughtful, well-executed play on flavors and textures: a crispy and juicy chicken fillet, a dusting of cajun spice for a tinge of heat, fresh lettuce and house-made coleslaw for added crunch and dijon mayo sauce for a little tanginess perched between black sesame brioche buns buttered and toasted to perfection.