Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo


Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo Recipe

The Mr. has repeatedly hinted at wanting needing a new phone.   His current phone is four, maybe five years old.  I don’t know about you but four years seems like a spring chicken to me, not the archaic dinosaur he is claiming it to be.   Then again, I’m not much of a techie and I rarely use my phone in the first place.  As a matter of fact, I always feel like I’ve hit the jackpot when my phone is actually charged.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand his viewpoint on having a phone that functions like a well oiled machine especially when it’s used as often as he uses it.   My only issue is he spent about 700 bob on it, and my personal thoughts are that a phone that costs this much should not become obsolete so quickly.

Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo Recipe

Well. . .today while I was trying to clean up the hurricane force mess I managed to make in the kitchen, I get a text message declaring:

“I really need a new phone.”

Surprise!  Surprise!

Yep. . .  you said that this weekend and then two days before that and two days before that.  I get it. . .you want. . .I mean need. . .  a new phone.  But since we leave for Morocco in a month, I’m still struggling with the thought of spending so much money on a phone.  Can’t he wait until we get back?  We certainly wouldn’t want it to hinder our pleasures of shopping for rugs, djellaba, and other exotic trinkets in the medina, would we?

Than I get another text (on my iPad of course. . .because my phone certainly isn’t charged).  Apparently he was sitting in an important meeting and his phone mysteriously started to blast:

“I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt.  So sexy it hurts

(be sure to read this in your best ever frog voice).

Recognize that?  It’s Right Said Fred “I’m too Sexy”  You can listen to it HERE while you read this post for a more 3-D experience.

Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo Recipe

He apparently was embarrassed by this.  I was highly amused and thought it was rather nifty that his phone was so smart it could actually read his mind and broadcast it in the board room.  I don’t think he saw the humor in this the same way I did and I’m pretty sure he won’t find it cute that I blogged about his embarrassing experience.  C’est la vie!  At least he will get a new phone out of it.

So. . .since the ancient phone tells me that the Mr. is too sexy for his shirt, I figured he is too sexy for a regular sandwich.  So I whipped up my version of a sexy Chicken Bahn Mi.

Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo Recipe

Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo Recipe

Lucky for me, I finally discovered a wonderful, little place that bakes fresh artisan breads in Boston – Bricco Panetteria (if you are ever in Boston and craving amazing bread, you can find more info about it HERE).  The winding alley ways that guide you to Bricco will have you questioning whether you were somehow mysteriously teleported to a quaint, little town in Europe.  It certainly doesn’t feel like bustling Boston.   Just when you think you have made a wrong turn as you search for Bricco,  the yeasty smell of fresh bread tickles your nose reassuring you that you are on your way to bread heaven.  And if in doubt as to whether or not the adventure was worth it,  the line that stretches from hither to thither will reaffirm that your trepidations were unwarranted.   

Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo

  • Time: 60 minutes + marinade time
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • 1/2 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, melted
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 (3-4 breasts) boneless, skinless chicken breast


  • Place chicken breast in a resealable plastic bag.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together fish sauce, lime juice, honey, jalapeños, garlic & salt.
  • Add marinade to plastic bag with chicken.
  • Seal bag and allow chicken to marinade overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Heat oven to 375° F.
  • Line a baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Add chicken and marinade to baking dish.
  • Bake chicken until cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  • Cut chicken into slices.



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha


  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha.
  • Stir until combined.



  • French baguette
  • Cooked & sliced chicken
  • Cilantra (coriander leaves)
  • Pickled daikon & carrots (see my previous post for the recipe HERE)
  • Fresh cracked pepper


  • Slice baguette in half.
  • Smear spicy mayonnaise on both sides of  baguette.
  • Top with sliced chicken, pickled veggies, cilantro, and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Turn on “I’m too sexy” by Right Said Fred.
  • Enjoy!

If you are ever in Boston, might I suggest that you also check out Bon Mi (see their website HERE).  They serve the best ever Vietnamese inspired sandwiches, rice bowls, and noodle salads.  And lucky for me they have a food truck that comes to Sowa Sundays in the summer (Read about that HERE) .  Can’t wait for summer to get here.

We leave for Morocco in one month.  Do you think he is too sexy for Morocco?



28 thoughts on “Chicken Bahn Mi with Spicy Mayo

  • February 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Haha, this story made me laugh out loud! So I’m thinking he probably needs a new phone… isn’t that crazy though? Phone marketing is INSANE. Like, we are programmed to think we need a new phone after 2 years because hte news phones are just so. much. better.

    Love banh mi! This looks delicious. And that bread, I’ll have to check it out. Yes, that banh mi truck is AMAZING! We booked it for our spring concert a couple years ago at my college, and we were all dying.

    • February 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      I know, right? I can eat food from the Bon Mi truck everyday if I had the patience to wait in the line that seems to span from here to Katmandu.

  • February 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I love your Bahn Mi, esp. with the spicy mayo. And eating it while listening to that song will definitely make it more fun 🙂
    Actually, I find it so cute that his phone blasted out that sexy song during the meeting, but I can also understand why he would disagree with me. hahaha Well, at least you will get to use his “old” phone when he gets a new one, right?

    Anyway, if I ever go to Boston again, I won’t go to Bricco Panetteria alone; I will definitely invite you to come with. 🙂

    • February 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Agree with you Pang. . .you must listen to “I’m too Sexy” while eating the Bahn mi. It makes it taste so much better. Catch me if you can in Boston. Before you blink an eye I might be on to me next adventure. 😉

  • February 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Omigod how embarrassing! That’s too funny. I think a new phone is definitely in order now. The color of that spicy mayo is amazing. This is definitely on my to make list.

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Yeah. . .I guess the embarassment earned him the phone. . .although I’m pretty sure that was his main purpose in telling me. Pulling out the sympathy card usually works.

  • February 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    YES! Bahn mi is one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. I’m not at all exaggerating when I say, I eat them at least once a week – I can’t get enough! So funny about “Im too sexy” – I haven’t heard that song in ages! And what a great song to listen to while you’re enjoying a great sandwich 🙂

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

      I can’t blame you. It’s a great sandwich to enjoy regularly. I definately get my Bahn Mi cravings (usually when it is the least convenient). Perhaps next week you can crank up this tune while you are eating your Bahn Mi. 🙂

  • February 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I am totally with you on the phone thing – I think it’s ridiculous how much money they cost and how quickly they become obsolete. That being said, my phone is a year old and I’m just itching for my contract to expire so I can get another one. Because I do use my phone a lot and the one I have is a piece of crap. Mind you, it didn’t initially cost $700 either …

    This looks like such an easy and delicious combination! I know that it wouldn’t be quite the same if I subbed the chicken for tofu, but I still think it would be super tasty.

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Right? We travel quite a bit globally so we need unlocked phones. The cost though is outrageous. This sandwich is ridiculously easy. The chicken smelled amazing while it was cooking. I’d be interested if the tofu worked with the marinade. Keep me posted if you give it a whirl.

  • February 19, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    These look amazing and your photos are beautiful! Can’t wait to try making them.

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Glad you liked it Heather. Blushes on the photography comments. Tabletop photography is new to me so still on a steep learning curve. Thanks for the confidence booster.

  • February 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    The Mr. definitely deserves a phone after that experience! I had one of those moments at the office years ago. I sent an email to my boss the let her know that I had to leave early for a dentist appointment not realizing until later when I received numerous email well wishes that I had send it to “All” (company wide). Never made that mistake again though! I have soft spot for banh mi and yours look scrumptious. I can finish two of those off easily in one sitting!

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Oh how embarrassing Thao. I bet you got to relive you faux pas for several weeks. Yes. . .I think the Mr. earned his new phone.

  • February 20, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Looks fantastic! Definitely have to try them! Pinned!

  • February 20, 2015 at 7:53 am

    We have a great little street food place that I discovered recently that does this and I love it! Once of my favourite places to go now.

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:42 am

      I never thought I would be enjoying street food as much as I do but it really has come a long way and is quite on trend. We have tons of gourmet food trucks in Boston and I have been trying to make it a point to experience as many as I can.

  • February 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Your banh mi looks incredible! We LOVE bahn mi! Those pickled veggies are perfect and I love the spicy sriracha sauce!

    • February 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Kelly. I really enjoyed the tang that the pickled veggies and sriracha introduced to the sandwich. And the marinade from the chicken. . .it smelled sooooo good while it was cooking.

  • February 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    This Bahn Mi just looks so great. Your pics make me realize that I am really hungry …:) Have a nice time at Morocco.

  • February 22, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    YUM! I’ve had bahn mi at restaurants but never tried it at home! I definitely want to give it a shot!

    • February 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Kelly. It’s really easy to make at home. I hope you enjoy.

  • February 24, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Oooh, this looks great! I’ll definitely have to give it a try. I totally agree with you on Bon Me, love that place! I’ve never heard of Bricco Panneteria though, I’ll have to search it out!

    • February 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Definitely search out Bricco when you need a nice crusty loaf of bread, Maya. Interestingly they also have a restaraunt (I’ve not eater there yet) and hotel.

  • March 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve never had this sandwich! It looks amazing…my mouth is watering. My phone was 5 years old and it just died on me 🙁 Im like you, I don’t get excited by cell phones, lol

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