Chilean Chicken Sammy Featuring Merken

Updated: Feb 15

What is Merken? Merken is a spice blend from Chile and we're currently crushing over it!

Today's recipe is a rift on Chilean street food which features beef. I'm switching the beef out for chicken with this recipe, but you can certainly use your favorite cut of beef

instead. You can also watch us create this recipe live on Facebook or Instagram!


  • Mayonnaise: Your favorite mayo is perfect for this sandwich. Nothing fancy needed as we'll be infusing it with Merken.

  • Merken: Merken is a traditional table spice from the Araucania region of central Chile. Our Merken is a blend of Goat’s Head Chile Flakes, Smoked Paprika, Coriander, and Pacific Sea Salt giving it a slightly raisiny dried chili flavor with a smoky flavor and an edge of bright citrus flavor. And mixed with mayo, it makes an amazing sandwich lubricant--no one likes a dry sandwich!

  • Sliced bread: We like sourdough for this sandwich, but brioche buns would also work well.

  • Chicken Breast: This recipe calls for boneless skinless chicken breast which have been cut into strips.

  • Poultry Grilling Rub: Little bit of sweet, lots of savory, and just a bit of kick describes ourPoultry Grilling Rub (which I blend in house!). It's the perfect foil for the spiciness of the Merken mayo in this sandwich.

  • Green Beans: I know this sounds strange, but trust me--it's a delicious addition to this sandwich!

  • Uncle Tim's Spicy Pickle Relish: The traditional Chilean sandwich this recipe is based on calls for peppercinis. I think Uncle Tim's Relish adds the same sourness, but with just a bit more kick of spiciness.


  • Prepare chicken strips by rubbing with 2 teaspoon of Poultry Grilling Rub. Set aside in fridge for 1 hour.

  • Prepare sandwich lubricant by combining 1/4 cup mayo with 1 teaspoon of Merken. Let meld for 1 hour.

  • Toast bread in slightly oiled pan heated over medium.

  • Saute chicken in 1 teaspoon oil until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from pan.

  • Saute Green Beans in remaining oil in same pan as chicken was sauteed in.

  • Assemble sandwich. Smear the bread with your Merken Aioli. Top with chicken strips, green beans, pickle relish, and then bread.

  • Enjoy your uniquely delish take on Chilean Street Sammies!


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