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Brazilian Chicken Salad Sandwich

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

This easy take on a sandwich sold by vendors along Rio de Janeiro’s beaches is packed with grated vegetables, sweet raisins, fresh lime juice, and cilantro. It’s like no chicken salad sandwich you’ve had before.


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded roasted chicken meat (homemade or from a store-bought rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated beets
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread, toasted if desired

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 690
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 350
  • Fat (g): 39
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16
  • Cholesterol (mg): 130
  • Sodium (mg): 670
  • Carbohydrates (g): 38
  • Fiber (g): 6
  • Protein (g): 47


  • In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, 1 Tbs. of the lime juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add the chicken, raisins, celery, and onion. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    In another medium bowl, combine the oil with the remaining 1 Tbs. lime juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Mix in the carrots, beets, and cilantro.

    Put a lettuce leaf on 4 of the bread slices, then top with the chicken salad, carrot mixture, another lettuce leaf, and another slice of bread.

Serve with Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Dried Fruit.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • Krispie | 01/31/2015

    I followed the recipe exactly. I apdid add a little more salt based on previous reviews. My slaw was overpowering and mushy. After looking at the recipe picture again, I realized that even though the recipe said to grate the beets and carrots, they should have actually been thinly shredded. The chicken salad itself was fairly mild in flavor and probably,could have benefited from the add-ins that several people mentioned in their reviews.

  • brewer22 | 01/08/2012

    This one is good and healthy recipe our familys favorite dish! But wait, I have other ideas for better recipes. Visit this site for a more fantastic preparation: www.wikichicken.com. Im sure you will like this!

  • SojournerTruth | 04/21/2011

    This chicken salad is complex and delicious. I served just the salad, without bread, layering lettuce, then the chicken mixture, then the beet-and-carrot mixture in the middle--very pretty. Our guest asked for the recipe. My husband complained of the complex flavors, saying that he likes to be able to identify individual ingredients, but the next day he ate the leftover salad with relish.

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    sbreckenridge | 04/14/2011

    Yes salywayn, the beets are raw, but when they're shredded in small pieces like this, they're tender enough to eat raw.

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