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Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich

This copycat recipe for a Carl's Jr. favorite is even better than the original. This easy weeknight meal is a family favorite.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Marinating Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American, Barbecue, BBQ
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 376 kcal


Marinated Chicken

  • 2 Chicken Breasts pounded to half inch thickness
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ C Garlic Hot Sauce

Adobo Mayonnaise

To Assemble


  • Pound chicken breasts to ½ inch thickness. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Place in a shallow marinating dish and cover with hot sauce. Let marinate at least 1 hour.
  • Cook marinated chicken on grill over medium heat. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Mix together all ingredients for adobo mayonnaise and set aside.
  • Lightly coat inside of burger buns with plain mayonnaise. Place mayo side down in a skillet heated to medium heat. Cook until inside of buns is toasted golden brown.
  • Assemble the sandwiches. On bottom bun, stack a single piece of iceberg lettuce, a green chili (cut open for more surface area), a cooked chicken breast, a slice of American cheese and a tablespoon of adobo mayonnaise, then top with other half of bun. Enjoy!


  • For a more traditional Carl's Jr. flavor, you can substitute Teriyaki Sauce for the Garlic Hot Sauce.
  • Marinate chicken for at least an hour and up to overnight for optimal flavor.
  • Carl's Jr. uses whole wheat buns for this sandwich, but we really enjoyed Publix baked French Bread style buns.


Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 33gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1240mgPotassium: 581mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 612IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 313mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cheap, Chicken, Easy, Fast, Grilled, Grilling
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