These Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich Sliders are homage to the beloved, classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. This party-style banh mi calls for slider rolls in place of soft Bao buns. It’s perfect for game day, or just about any festivity throughout the year. Better make plenty because it’s hard to eat only one.
Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich Sliders
Raise your hand if you have a local banh mi sandwich shop that you visit regularly.
Now, raise your hand if you don’t have a banh mi sandwich shop anywhere near you.
Ok finally, hand up if you’ve never had a banh mi sandwich.
To all three, I say, THIS banh mi recipe is for YOU!
I created it years ago, and am finally getting it posted here on the blog. Hip hip hoorayyyy!
This Vietnamese sandwich is so easy, fun, colorful, daaaamn tasty, and lives on the healthier side of the sandwich fence.
The ingredient prep can and should be done somewhat in advance, but don’t go thinking it’s aaallll too involved.
It’s really just a few, simple steps…and a little bit of time.
What is banh mi sandwich?
The classic Vietnamese sandwich is usually made with meat or plant based protein, pickled vegetables, fresh vegetables, and mayo, all stuffed into a crunchy French baguette, or Bao, an Asian steamed bun.
Banh mi is a gorgeous, vibrant, sandwich with flavors of sweet, salty, spicy, sour, and savory, all in one neat little package.
It happens to be one of my all-time favorite sandwiches!
My banh mi sandwich recipe resembles the Bao banh mi because the slider rolls are really soft (and are easier to acquire than Asian steamed buns).
They also make excellent, game-day and party eats.
In fact, don’t be surprised if you find yourself, and everyone else, mowing down a few of these at half time.
What goes in a Banh Mi sandwich?
- bread (Bao, French baguette, or slider roll)
- seasoned, grilled meat or or plant based protein
- pickled carrots and daikon [link]
- sliced cucumber
- fresh cilantro
- fresh jalapeño slices
Here’s how I build my banh mi sandwich…and half the fun is getting there, right?
Of course, you get to pick your favorite protein and bread, but I personally would never stray from any other ingredients.
Tools I use to make Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich Sliders:
- mixing bowl and whisk (for chicken marinade)
- glass storage container (to marinate chicken)
- outdoor or indoor grill and tongs (to cook chicken)
- mandoline slicer (for the thinly sliced cucumbers)
What is in banh mi seasoning (marinade)?
My banh mi sandwich seasoning is a marinade consisting of garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and soy sauce [see full recipe below].
However, there are sooo many variations, extra ingredients, etc. that you can adjust the marinade to your very liking.
What are the pickled vegetables on a banh mi sandwich?
Quick Pickled Carrots And Daikon are a classic ingredient to any banh mi.
They’re simply a combo of shredded carrots and daikon radish soaked in a brine for as little as 30 minutes (for the quick pickle), or up to a few weeks.
They’re the most flavorful after sitting in the brine a few days, to deepen that sour, pickled flavor.
Be sure to add this banh mi sandwich recipe to your list of game day recipes! I can guarantee they’ll be a smash hit!
In fact, this photo was taken just before these last two were gobbled down!
How about a banh mi sandwich in a bowl?
Check out my Veggie Quinoa Banh Mi Bowl!
It’s an even healthier twist on the banh mi sandwich, loaded with fresh vegetables and quinoa.
Pack it into your weekday lunches if you wanna win the weekly meal prep game!
Looking for more easy, make ahead party recipes?
1. Rotisserie Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Cups (Asian)
2. Black Bean Corn Avocado Salsa (Mexican)
3. Easy Marinated Mushrooms (Italian)