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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

  • 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?



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