Spicy Valentina Chicken Sandwiches

A bottle of hot sauce is an important staple in any Mexican pantry.  I always have two bottles on hand.  One is a local brand of hot sauce made with Yahualica chiles de arbol (the best chile de arbol in the world) that my Hubby can't live without.  And the other is one both my kiddies and I love...Valentina hot sauce.

Salsa Valentina isn't one of those hot sauces that will burn your tongue off.  It's mildly spicy, but it has a sweetness to it that adds to the delicious flavor.

As I've said before, my kiddies love to put Salsa Valentina on everything from scrambled eggs to a platter of chopped fruit.  I like to incorporate Salsa Valentina into my recipes, like Valentina Hot Wings and this spicy chicken sandwich that I'm going to share with you today.

If you like spicy buffalo wings, then you are going to love this recipe.

For this recipe, I asked my butcher to slice my boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1/4-inch thick slices.  But you could also use chicken cutlets. 

Valentina Chicken Sandwiches


  • 2 pounds chicken breast cutlets
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Valentina hot sauce
  • Bolillo Rolls
  • Ranch or Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced red onion

Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper; refrigerate until ready to use.  Combine the flour and seasoning salt in a medium bowl.  Pour the milk into a separate bowl.

Dip the chicken cutlets in the milk.

Then dip the chicken cutlets in the flour, making sure that both sides are evenly coated.

For a lower fat version of this recipe, you can brown the cutlets on a non-stick griddle over medium high heat.

Or heat 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil in a large skillet.

Fry the chicken cutlets in the skillet until golden brown on both sides.  Transfer the cooked chicken to a heatproof plate and continue cooking the remaining chicken cutlets.

Once all of the chicken cutlets have been cooked, carefully wipe the skillet with a paper towel to remove any excess oil.  Pour the Valentina hot sauce into the skillet and bring to a simmer over low heat.

Carefully add the chicken cutlets to the hot sauce, making sure to turn the cutlets over to coat both sides with plenty of hot sauce. Cover and let simmer until the sauce has reduced slightly.

Cut the bolillo rolls in half lengthwise and lightly toast them on a griddle or comal.  Spread your choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressing on the cut sides of the bolillo rolls.

Top one bolillo half with lettuce, tomato and onion and the other with one to two chicken cutlets.

Close the sandwiches and serve with carrot sticks and additional dressing for dipping.  Enjoy!!!

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  1. Hey, I just posted my favorites on your facebook. Both my favorites.

  2. Hi Leslie,
    Your Chicken Sandwich looks delicious. I just love the seasons in the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week! I am your newest follower.

  3. Leslie ~ This sounds delicious! I use Valentina hot sauce to make "southern" pulled pork. After fiddling with many different recipes for the dish, I found that the best is to just pour a bottle of Valentina over a pork butt and cook it until it falls apart. Serve on a bun with coleslaw! I'm going to try your chicken recipe. I'll bet it's every bit as good as the pork.

  4. Mary, your "southern" pulled pork recipe is just how I cook my pork butt when I make Cuban Sandwiches. Great minds think alike! I'll have to make extra next time so I can try it topped with coleslaw. :)

  5. This sounds great and so deoes the comment about pulled pork yum. WE love valentina, although we get the black label.

  6. This look tasty! I'm not really into spicy foods, but my hubby would love this! And it really seems easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My twin and I just developed our own version of a chicken sandwich and even though we are HUGE fans of hot sauce, we went with a spicy rub and it turned out fabulous! Check it out! http://www.twin-tables.com/2011/05/longnecker-sandwich.html We are new to your blog but we will definitely be back soon! Thanks for the great recipes! 

  8. OMG... *drooling* .... THAT... is dinner tonight. I <3 Valentina.

  9. This looks so good. I am thrilled I found your website, we love our hot sauce in the house. I also love to eat chili poweder on fruit , in corn cups, on everything. My hubby won't go that far.

  10. We just made this and it was amazing!! So good

  11. Awesome Idea and I thought Valentina was only for chips.  Thanks Leslie for the idea.

  12. Voy  A prepar eesta receta. Definitivamente. Oye, no se me habia ocurrido la genial idea de hacer hot wings con la salsa valentina. (= eres un angel, mujer.