Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich with Sriracha Mayonnaise

by Jess on September 5, 2012

in Favorites, Recipes, Weeknight Meals

I didn’t freeze all of those sandwich rolls I made over the weekend.  A few were destined for this very delicious purpose.

A few weeks ago, Frank made his own version of Banh Mi sandwiches, and I knew right away that they were something that had to be shared.

Though ours do not include the traditional pâté topping, which is the way they are served in Vietnam, they have another topping that, I must say, is really out of this world.  Sriracha Mayo.

Frank originated the Sriracha Mayo trend in our house, and this stuff is so good that I am tempted to “sample” it by the spoonful.  He reports that he was inspired by the Sriracha May served at Good Stuff Eatery in DC (where we used to dunk fries heavily seasoned with rosemary and salt into it).  It’s as simple as  1 part Sriracha to 1 part Mayonnaise.  What results is rich, creamy, spicy, flavorful, and addictive.

The Sriracha Mayo would be great on a lot of things, but a great start is these Banh Mi style sandwiches.  The only other element that takes any time to make is this quick batch of pickles.  Daikon radish and carrot are tossed in a mixture of sugar, water, and rice vinegar.  That daikon radish has been patiently waiting to be pickled since it came in my CSA delivery last week.

And although these easy pickles can be used within an hour of making them, they just get better the longer they sit in the fridge.


The recipe below produced these three jars.  We only needed the small one for Banh Mi sandwiches this weekend (I pile mine high with pickles).

The sandwiches are a piece of cake after that.  This one below became lunch 5 seconds after this picture was taken.

Although, I might have drizzled it with another round of that mayo.

Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich with Sriracha Mayonnaise
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 4
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 4 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Sriracha
  • 4 sandwich rolls (or 1 baguette, cut into 4 even pieces)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (from a rotisserie chicken or from 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • 1 big bunch fresh cilantro
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the water, sugar, salt, and rice vinegar until the sugar and salt dissolve. Layer the daikon and carrots into jars, packing them tightly. Pour the liquids over daikon and carrots to cover. Put the lids on the jars and refrigerate for at least an hour before assembling the sandwiches. Store the pickles in the fridge for up to a month.
  2. Turn the oven on to 350°F.
  3. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise and Sriracha. Stir until evenly combined.
  4. Slice the sandwich rolls or baguette and arrange them, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Toast the bread in the oven until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  5. Spread each toasted sandwich roll with siracha mayonnaise and top with cucumber slices, ½ cup shredded chicken, carrot and daikon radish pickles, and sprigs of cilantro.
Sriracha is a Thai-style hot sauce made from chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. It can often be found in a plastic jar with a green squirt top at most Asian markets or in the international aisle at many regular grocery stores (it is becoming increasingly widely available).

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claire @ Claire K Creations September 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

Oh how hard it must have been to get the photos without chowing into this! Yum!


2 Neuf September 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Chi will love these! Making them for sure!


3 Isabelle @ Crumb September 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

You had me at sriracha mayo. If I could find a way to put sriracha on everything I eat, I probably would. :) Love the idea of using rotisserie chicken for a quickie filling… these would be perfect on a busy weeknight!


4 Jess September 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’m with you Isabelle – once I discovered it, I’m always looking for a way to use it!


5 Doug Gregg September 6, 2012 at 2:47 am

OK … chief of the senior citizens idiots here … but I can’t find ‘sriacha’ anywhere. I tried 3 grocieries over lunch to no avail, is it in come kind of a specialty store? I don’t think I’ve ever tasted it, but now my curiosity has me! Any ideas?


6 Jess September 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

Doug – it’s a bit of a specialty item, but I think it should be available in the Asian food aisle of lots of grocery stores. It’s bright red, and usually comes in a bottle with a green top. I’m sure they have it at Whole Foods, but if all else fails, the Asian grocery store will definitely have it. I think you’ll really like it once you track some down! I put it in fried rice, over Asian noodles, stir-fry it with vegetables, but it might be best in this Siracha Mayo.


7 Neuf September 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

This just went down at our house and it was awesome! I varied things a little bit. I bought one large chicken breast, boiled it for about 10 minutes, diced it up and then covered it in the siracha mayo. It sat in the fridge while the carrots pickled. I was a little nervous about the taste but would do it all over again :) thanks Inquiring Chef! Chirag was quite impressed….


8 Jess September 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Mmmm, Neuf – a little Siracha marinade, huh? Love that!


9 BurgerBro October 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

It’s like you are the Pope and I am your disciple. We are kindred spirits in the Banh mi world. I am praying that this sandwich materializes on my desk in the next 5 seconds. Sri…racha
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