Ponzu Chicken Sandwich


This is no ordinary chicken sandwich! Chicken breasts are marinated in ponzu sauce, pineapple juice, garlic, ginger, and herbs, then cooked together with onion, peppers, and cabbage, loaded into hoagie rolls, and topped with Swiss cheese.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 1 cup prepared ponzu sauce

  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ cup pineapple juice

  • 4 fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon chili oil

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into chunks

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 small head cabbage, shredded

  • 4 Italian-style hoagie buns, split lengthwise and toasted

  • 12 slices Swiss cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, divided

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha®), or to taste - divided

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  2. Combine ponzu sauce, 1 cup cilantro, pineapple juice, mint leaves, garlic, fresh ginger, sesame oil, chili oil, and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat.

  3. Remove chicken from ponzu sauce mixture, reserving marinade. Heat large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in olive oil, onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  4. Pour reserved marinade into chicken mixture and bring to a boil. Stir in cabbage and cook until slightly wilted, 4 to 5 minutes.

  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken mixture into toasted hoagie buns and top each sandwich with 3 slices Swiss cheese.

  6. Place sandwiches onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and buns are toasted, about 5 minutes. Garnish each sandwich with 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1/4 of the sesame seeds, and 1/4 of the chile-garlic sauce. Serve with lime wedges.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

517 Calories
22g Fat
52g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 517
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1354mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 60mg 301%
Calcium 498mg 38%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 470mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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