Cemita Poblana (Puebla-Style Sandwich)

This delicious sandwich hails from the Mexican city of Puebla. The traditional version is usually made with a breaded veal cutlet, but we gave the same crunchy treatment to chicken breasts here.

Cemita Poblana chicken sandwich on plate
Photo: Dera Burreson
Hands On Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 4 6-8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 4 bolillo rolls, hoagie buns, or hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • ½ cup sliced onion

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced

  • 2 cup shredded Chuhuahua cheese, or Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, flatten chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap until 1/2 inch thick.

  2. In a shallow dish lightly beat together egg and the water. Place flour in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish combine bread crumbs, chili powder, salt, and crushed red pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in flour to coat. Dip in egg mixture, then in crumb mixture to coat.

  3. In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium. Add chicken. Cook 12 to 16 minutes or until done (165°F), turning to brown evenly,

  4. In a small bowl combine chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and mayonnaise. Spread tops of buns with chipotle mixture. Fill buns with chicken, cheese onion, and avocado. Wrap each sandwich in parchment paper or foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

938 Calories
46g Fat
65g Carbs
63g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 938
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 217mg 72%
Sodium 1350mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 63g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 451mg 35%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 868mg 18%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 164.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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