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Written by Myriam Bernal. Visit her on Instagram at @mygleehub

Are you looking for a quick, easy and delicious recipe to try? Or curious what the Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken is all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Myriam Bernal the blogger behind @mygleehub

The new year has started, and the routine is settling in. This could mean returning physically to our regular activities or squeezing each member of the family in a home corner to attend a Zoom class or have a conference call. Life gets busy and it is challenging to find moments to slow down.

As a full-time working mom and homemaker, every evening I try to reclaim an hour to reunite my family over dinner. This is the time to reconnect, talk about our day, laugh and make family memories.

Create Family Memories with an Easy, Fast & Delicious Recipes

It has been my goal to come up with recipes that are fast and easy but also delicious for my family to share around the table. This is the food that hopefully someday my kids will crave when they are gone, and the flavors that will bring them back home excited to visit.

Growing up, I was not much around the kitchen. I just knew a few cooking basics when I got married. It was not until my husband and I moved abroad to Los Angeles as newlyweds, that I found myself in my own tiny kitchen. Being a student, I did not have much time to cook and the budget was tight. Additionally, our little university apartment kitchen came without a stove, which we solved buying a countertop 2 burner hot plate for 20 bucks… a bargain! 

Find your Kitchen Passion and Build your Recipe Repitoire

Fast forward 20 years and here we are. Life took its course and this wonderful country adopted us and became home. We grew our roots and with time became a family of 4. Slowly, I also started finding my way in the kitchen. I developed a deep love for cooking books, especially those with pretty and colorful pictures. I started exploring new ingredients.

My recipe repertoire started growing and changing with time, but still I was always on the hunt for easy, fast and tasty dinner options. Restaurant escapades, cooking shows and friends from all over the world, kept adding new flavors to my book. Lalaland is a rainbow of colors, rhythms and flavors. However, with routine, a challenge has always been to keep the recipes varied and not getting stuck preparing the same things.

Important Tip: Keep Simple and Versatile Ingredients

When it comes to a quick weekday family dinner, simple and versatile ingredients are always the best. Since those years of student’s budget and cooking in a hot plate, chicken has always been on my list. Some might find it boring, but with the right ingredients and spices, chicken can be a party in your plate! 

Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken: The Recipe Inspiration

This recipe is a big family favorite. It came to me years ago, when my cousin Luis came to visit from Australia. Single and a student overseas as well, he had learned some kitchen tricks of his own. At the end of his short visit, Luis asked gracefully if he could make dinner. What a treat for us!

As we shopped together, I noticed two ingredients that I was not familiar with. Ginger, I had not used much; but the real discovery was Sweet Chili Sauce. I had never heard of it! That evening Luis prepared a delicious dinner in a blink of an eye. There were no ingredient measurements or a written recipe. I just watched him and mentally took note as we shared a beer. Since then, when I make this recipe, I simply eyeball and adjust the flavors to my liking, and it always hits the spot!

My Secret Fresh Flavors with a Kick

This chicken dish is an explosion of flavor. The ginger and cilantro make it fresh to the palate, and it has a kick to it without being spicy. My older son has loved this dish since that first day we tried it when he was 2 years old. As he was growing up, he would simply call it “chicken, peppers and rice”. 

We have informally kept the name, and when I announce there is “chicken, peppers and rice” for dinner, there is always excitement in response. There is nothing more gratifying than cooking something you know your loved ones are going to enjoy. And what a bonus if it’s an easy recipe!

I hope you try it and like it as much as we do. I have cooked this dish for many family members and friends. Once they try it in our home, they never leave without asking for the recipe. 


Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

(4 people)

3-4 chicken breasts

2 red Bell Peppers

1 white or yellow onion

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger

½ cup Sweet Chili Sauce

Garlic Salt 

Pepper

Cube the chicken breasts in even bite size pieces. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Add oil of preference to a wok or pan and set the stove to high heat. When sizzling hot, cook the chicken until golden brown but not totally cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Julienne (cut in long thin strips) the onion and the red bell peppers, add to the pan and cook until smooth. Add chicken and its juices back to the pan with the vegetables and cook together for a couple more minutes until the chicken is cooked. Add sweet chili sauce and chopped ginger. Mix and let cook for a minute. Add the chopped cilantro to the pan and mix.

Serve over rice with additional cilantro as garnish.

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Every wonder which fast food chain offers the best fried chicken sandwich? We did too, so we asked our foodie community of food bloggers and influencers to rank their favorite. Check out what they ranked.

Fried chicken sandwiches have exploded in popularity. With the rise and expansion of Chick-Fil-A, Shake Shack Popeyes over the past several years – the chicken sandwich is now at the forefront of the fast food scene – driving crowds of fast food goers all across America but also driving steep competition. The competition is so intense, experts are calling it the ‘Fried Chicken Wars’.

So which fast food restaurant has the best chicken sandwich? With so many varieties, innovations, interpretations, price points, and calories, the answer can really depend on your preference.

Do you like your chicken juicy? What level of crispy crunch do you prefer? Do you like sauce, pickles, and other toppings? Does it have to be a hot or spicy chicken sandwich? How important is the bun? Do you prefer cheese or bacon?

While chicken sandwich innovation continues in 2020 with new varieties are being pumped out by fast food chains regularly, the chicken sandwich continues to be at the forefront with no signs of slowing down.

While the question of ‘which is best’ is nearly an impossible question for one person to answer. With that in mind, we decided to ask the question to foodies in our CRAVVE app community to see which they prefer. Here is how they ranked them. In addition, we’ve added the nutritional info from each fast food chains website, along with our narrative and review of each chicken sandwich.


Note: Nutrition facts are sourced from company websites as of December 20, 2020.

10. KFC – The Zinger

Nutritional Facts: 260 Calories, 37 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot

Our Review:

KFC is well known for its crispy chicken and its fried chicken sandwich represents it well. Above all, the huge slap of chicken breast deep-fried to perfection with a secret blend of spices and topped with lettuce, pickles, and a smear of mayonnaise is close to perfect – the sandwich is a heavy hitter.

In addition, the flavor options are a standout, with 3 different sauce varieties including Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot. For instance, you can customize your chicken flavor just the way you want – and not sacrifice that crispy chicken crunch you know and expect from KFC.

9. Jack in the Box – Cluck Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 22 (g) Fat and 1260 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 flavors (Cluck Sandwich, Cluck Deluxe, Jack’s Spicy Chicken, Jack’s Spicy Chicken with Cheese, Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club, and Sourdough Grilled Chicken Club.

Our Review:

While Jack in the Box is more known for their burgers, they recently launched 2 New Chicken Sandwiches, including the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich. Because of these two new chicken sandwiches, they’ve elevated their fried chicken game replacing what was a relatively plain chicken sandwich.

As a result of offering six different varieties of chicken sandwiches, they’ve got options that will appeal to a broader array of chicken sandwich lovers. While they’re known for their inexpensive meals, the Jack in the Box chicken sandwich is a low-cost option for budget-conscious chicken sandwich lovers.

8. Burger King – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 670 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 41 (g) Fat and 1080 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Burger King has joined in on the chicken sandwich wars with 5 varieties of its chicken sandwich including Spicy, Bacon, Bacon & Cheese, BBQ Bacon, and of course regular. Because of the thin white chicken filet, seasoned and breaded patty, it is perfectly combined with other toppings for a chicken sandwich experience that will want you exploring more.

The regular Crispy Sandwich is made with white meat chicken filet and layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on a potato bun. However, you’re going to want to explore one of the flavored options to elevate your BK Chicken Sandwich experience.

7. Arby’s – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 510 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1230 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Arby’s Chicken Sandwich is surprisingly delicious. Despite having only one flavor of crispy chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich experience swings above its weight, with a juicy thick-cut tomato and a perfect smear of mayo. In addition, with its star top bun, the meat to bun ratio is well proportioned so every bite feels consistently delicious and satisfying.

6. Jollibee – Fried Chicken Classic or Deluxe

Nutritional Facts: 550 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 23 (g) Fat and 970 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Chicken Sandwich Classic, Chicken Sandwich Deluxe)

Our Review:

A relatively new player to the US Fast Food Scene, Jollibee is catching on quickly and it’s fried chicken and Fried Chicken Sandwich is at the forefront. This Fried Chicken sandwich deserves the hype and praise. With its soft bun, fresh lettuce, layered mayo, and a generous portion of chicken – it’s no wonder flocks of people are venturing into Jollibee for the first time to check out the hype. If you’ve got a Jollibee nearby – it’s worth dropping in and trying a Fried Chicken Sandwich. You’ll be delighted.

5. Wendy’s – Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 49 (g) Carbs, 21 (g) Fat and 1450 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 15 Flavors ( Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Grilled Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Classic, Classic Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club, Spicy Asiago Ranch Club, Grilled Asiago Ranch Club, Crispy Chicken BLT, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Before the Fried Chicken Sandwich Wars began, the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s was the gold standard. Consequently, it was one of the first of the popular fast food chains to offer and introduce a Spicy Fried Chicken sandwich. In addition, it delivers a high-quality crunch on a consistent basis. It’s no wonder the Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s is still among the top sandwiches among Foodies.

Things have evolved since the original Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Now Wendy offers 15 varieties of Chicken Sandwiches to choose from and gives you more options to explore each time you visit.

4. McDonald’s – McChicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 600 Calories, 57 (g) Carbs, 29 (g) Fat and 980 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich and McChicken)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that the McChicken is a favorite among foodies? Because of the giant slab of fried chicken that overwhelms the bun it sits on, a pickle and signature sauce – it’s the perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich combination. In addition, the signature Sauce has a Mac Sauce flavor with a touch of spiciness.

As a result, it’s no surprise that with the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars, McDonald’s has been experimenting with different variations including the Hot n’ Spicy McChicken Sandwich, which was available at select locations across the US.

3. Shake Shack – Chik’n Shack

Nutritional Facts: 590 Calories, 34 (g) Carbs, 36 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Chick’n Shack, Hot Chick’N)

Our Review:

Shake Shack is one of the fastest-growing fast food chains in America and for good reasons, its innovative restaurant experience, delicious menu, and excellent service are pushing the fast food industry forward.

Among the many standouts on the menu is the Fried Chicken Sandwich, with its hulking mass of a Fried Chicken breast and the bun struggles to keep in and cover all of the crispy goodness. It’s no surprise why our foodie community rated it so highly. We can’t get enough.

2. Popeye’s – Classic Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 699 Calories, 50 (g) Carbs, 42 (g) Fat and 1443 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Classic Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

The rise of the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars sent Popeyes and it’s Fried Chicken Sandwich into a viral spin upward. Leading to explosive growth and of course, it’s Chicken Sandwich was at the heartbeat of the growth.

Its double battered breast delivers on the crunch factor in a big way but also it doesn’t brine its chicken giving it an extra delicious taste. So if you love a Fried Chicken with an extra crunch – Popeye’s is the place for you. It’s no surprise that it sits in the top 2 among our foodie community.

1. Chick-Fil-A – Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 440 Calories, 41 (g) Carbs, 17 (g) Fat and 1400 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 Flavors (Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Deluxe, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that Chick-Fil-A is our foodie community’s Favorite Fast Food Chicken Sandwich? Probably not. It’s fresh, reliable, convenient, and delicious. The crazy thing about this Fried Chicken Sandwich is that it’s such a simple Sandwich with a large chicken breast, bun, and a hidden pickle. That’s it! No crazy sauces, or extra meats, or a gimmicky name.

The Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich is really the new gold standard of chicken sandwiches and honestly not much has changed since it was first introduced. It is a beautiful reminder, that sometimes simple is better! In the case of Chick-Fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich, this couldn’t be more true.

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