Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cajun chicken and coleslaw sandwich

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The majority of the cooking I’ve done on my blog has been for dinners or lunches while cooking for other people.  For this blog I decided to do a recipe more for me, a simple one, less formal that can be eaten on the sofa!  The inspiration is a sandwich that I used to have in the UK at least every week in my lunchbreak from work;  Cajun Chicken and Coleslaw sandwich! It’s from a cute place in the centre of Birmingham called the Victorian Restaurant.  The place is so old fashioned it doesn’t even have a website but I did find the following link to a picture online!

https://plus.google.com/116385843239874735612/photos/photo/5815410753055251026?hl=ca

I’ve been craving this sandwich for about 6 months and keep intending to have it when I go home but I always run out of time or I’m in the wrong place when lunchtime comes around.  So time to make it for myself!

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For the coleslaw I finely chopped a small cabbage, two red onions and grated two carrots and mixed in a bowl.  I added 200g of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of chilli flakes and salt and pepper and mixed together well.  As you can see from the picture below, it makes a lot of coleslaw!!!  So you might want to reduce the ingredients if you don’t want to be eating it for days!

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For the cajun spice mix I used about two tablespoons of cajun spice, half a teaspoon of chilli powder and a tespoon of thyme.  I rubbed olive oil on two chicken breasts, cut slits on both sides and rubbed the spice mix all over.

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I then cooked them in the oven for 25 minutes but they would be very nice grilled or barbequed also.

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I bought some nice bread from a bakery nearby trying to replicate the sandwich exactly as I used to have it at the Victorian!  I spread butter on both pieces and added a fair amount of coleslaw to one piece of bread.  Then, when the chicken was cooked, I sliced it and added on top of the coleslaw.

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It made quite a big sandwich but I could still get my mouth around it 🙂

With two chicken breasts there was enough for four sandwiches. I’ve hardly made a dent in the coleslaw so far so maybe I can give another update on here when it finally runs out!

And as for authenticity, well it was perfect!  If it wasn’t for the bright sunshine coming through the window, I could have been transported back to a rainy Birmingham lunchtime with this sandwich as my comfort!

So now I have to think of the next thing I can replicate to take me back home…if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to comment and I will do my best!

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