Chicken, Food, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetables

Can You Say – Sandwich???


I had some left over Spice Rub Slow Cooked Chicken so I made myself a sandwich out of the leftovers for lunch today.  No, I’m not kidding, and no I haven’t fallen straight off the paleo wagon back to my old Subway days, but yes – I made a big ol’ sandwich and shared it with my almost 3 year old (he’s getting so darn big!!) who kept slapping his leg and falling backwards saying, “Mom, this is soooooo good!!”

Oh, and one should note that the left over spice rub chicken that I used also has onions involved that caramelize while they cook at the bottom of the slow cooker so adding these to the sandwich made it extra delicious.


Chicken Paleo “Sandwich”

2 giant portobello mushrooms, stems and gills (underside of the cap) removed

1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

1/4 cup grilled onions

3 slices bacon

1 cup fresh arugula

2 tbsp Paleo Mayo

2 tbsp olive oil

In a large skillet heat the olive oil and add the mushrooms, starting with the caps up.  Cook on each side for about 5 minutes, until the mushroom softens and starts to turn golden on top.  Remove the mushrooms from the pan and slather each side with the paleo mayo, pile on the chicken, onions, bacon and arugula, put  the two mushrooms together like a sandwich and dig in.  Of course the possibilities are endless with this sandwich idea – my next one will probably be turkey, avocado, and cucumber!!  Get creative and as usual:


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Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

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  1. Mmmm, that filling looks goooooooood…. I really shouldn’t look at my feed reader when I’m fasting!

    I did the mushroom-as-bread thing for a while – it was great when I was eating lots of cheese, and would grill the mushies and fill them up with tomato and cheesy goodness… But once you get one funky mushie, the romance is over! I’ve managed to start enjoying button mushrooms again, but can’t face the biggies!

    These days I don’t bother with ‘bread’, I just eat my sandwich fixings as a salad. Much easier to prepare and add extra fats. Lucky I don’t often need holdable foods. When I do, I make the fillings into mini frittata! 🙂

  2. This looks awesome, Sarah! Maybe I’ll try mushrooms again and see if I can tolerate them. The last time I tried them, they didn’t go so well in my belly… but it may have been the fact that they were morels- I hear they’re especially brutal on the system. I used to eat portobello mushrooms in place of beef burgers back when I first was trying to lose weight… little did I know that I’d have done WAY better if I had tossed the bun and used the mushrooms AND the beef ;o) Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Love this! I use portabella mushrooms as burger buns! Mm mm mmmm….

  4. I just picked up some portabella mushrooms today. I’ll have to try that! Sounds amazing though. I had an appt with John today and I kind of expected him to have a baffet layed out in the office today. He did say the food you’re making tastes amazing. ALSO your business cards are adorable and perfect. There’s one in my wallet and I’m planning on passing it along.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you Tina!! Seriously, I need to send some food with John to share – that’s not a bad idea at all!

  5. Oh Sarah, I’ve never thought of using mushrooms as buns. That looks delicious! Adding a little avocado, like you suggested, would make it a hit at my house!

    All the best,


  6. yum! this is so me tomorrow….. endless options….. sweet 🙂

  7. Tracey says:

    Can’t wait to see the other versions!! I also can’t wait to try this!!! Thank you:)

  8. Melissa says:

    Can you say AWESOME? I want this RIGHT NOW and its 9 a.m!

  9. I was figuring you would use lettuce to hold everything together. The Portabellos is a great idea! I love the taste of Portabellos.

  10. I’ve never thought about mushrooms as buns. What a great idea, love it, thanks. This is what I’ll be eating!

  11. Alesha says:

    Another awesome recipe!

  12. Tom R. says:

    Thoughts on how long the paleo mayo will keep in the fridge are appreciated (3 days?). You don’t see much info about how long it is “safe” to eat raw eggs. Thanks.

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Tom,
      When I make it I usually eat it within a couple of days because I’ll use it for a big chicken salad and any left overs go pretty fast. I would think it would keep longer then three days however. The vinegar works as a preservative, but if you are feeling sketchy about it I would say that the 3 days sounds reasonable.

    2. Woot, I will ceatrilny put this to good use!

  13. I LOVE that your son loves such a healthy option!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Christi! I love it too – he doesn’t really know any different so it’s cool to see him open to anything I give him! : )

  14. Tom R. says:

    Thanks, Sarah. You make a great point about the vinegar as a preservative. Considering I will give meat the smell test after a week, the mayo could probably go at least a couple of weeks for me.

  15. Love your blog. Thanks for the great information. I’m an avid Crossfitter and just got done with my first 30 day Paleo challenge and my life has changed. I appreciate all you have provided!

  16. Becky says:

    We made this for dinner tonight and someone mentioned that this was the best meal they had tasted in a very long time!!! It was a hit!! I only had sliced protobello, so didn’t quite have the bun thing going but it was still good anyway!!

  17. Christy says:

    This looks amazing! I am going to make this for tomorrow’s dinner!

  18. wow mushrooms as sandwich. i wouldn’t have thought of that. and that picture is so deceiving. i didn’t realize how much mushrooms can look like bread haha. gotta try this tonight! thanks

  19. Julia says:

    What a great idea! Looks a lot easier to eat than the ol’ “lettuce bun.” I’ll have to try this soon 🙂

  20. I made your spice rubbed chicken last night for dinner, just so I could make this for lunch today. I am acting the same as your son, saying “This is soooo good!” The only difference is since I’m at the office today, I’m eating mine with a fork and knife. This is so simple and so awesome. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Lora,
      I’ve been craving this sandwich since the day I made the first one – they are so yummy, I bought more mushrooms to make them for the whole fam this weekend! : )

  21. Hi again Sarah. Thank so much for visiting my blog. I found some yummy paleo recipes for bread made from nut flour, and they work great for sandwiches! The almond bread is really tasty, and although the walnut bread doesn’t have as much flavor, it comes out softer, and better for sandwiches and burgers! I usually add some fresh rosemary and it’s great! Or I add caraway seeds and make Paleo Rye Bread! Check out the recipe:

    Tell your boys the Naruto director said hello!

  22. Didn’t KFC do this already with the double down?

    1. Sarah says:

      Dave – LOL!!! : )

  23. Jennifer says:

    Nice blog! Heard of Paleo from a friend and wanted to check it out, and I found this! Adding it to my favourites as we speak! I donnot know if you are aware of the fake breads made out of basically eggs and psyllium seed husks? Some add Philladelphia-cheese as well, but I don’t know if that is allowed in Paleo. They are a bit fluffy, but there are other recipes out there which are more like real bread.

  24. I am absolutely in love with this idea! It’s fabulous! I think I would eat 5 “sandwiches”!

  25. I bought your book recently and the spice rubbed chicken was one of the first recipes I tried. Love it! Thank you.

  26. That looks great. We are loving your cookbook. We’ve already made two recipes. And, my wife is ready to “go paleo” after reading your book. Thanks!

  27. Stacey says:

    I just tried making the portobello mushrooms, and all of their water came out of them… causing a bunch of liquid on the plate, and I ended up not being able to make the sandwich. :[ Any tips?

    1. Allison says:

      Use lots of napkins. 😉

      1. Sarah says:

        Ha ha!! Yes indeed… Not a good “first date” sandwich. : )

  28. Allison says:

    Ok so my husband and I are back on the paleo wagon… almost 100%… but I cheated a bit on this, I added 1 teaspoon of feta and reheated the chicken in the pan with some pesto… but OMG!!! SOOOO GOOD!!!! Thank you for all your recipes.

    1. Sarah says:

      Sounds so good with the pesto! Love the idea, thank you!

  29. Hannah says:

    I just had this for dinner and added some avocado and pesto to it, and it was amazing!! I just started my paleo 30 day last week, and your site has given me so many great recipe ideas! I never cooked that much before, now I am totally inspired to make all these delicious meals!! thank you!!

  30. Izabel says:

    Made this tonight and YUM!!

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