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