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Reina Pepiada Arepas

If you’re tired of the same old sandwich, it’s time to try this delicious Venezuelan version of a chicken salad sandwich on freshly-baked arepas. This fresh, flavorful chicken salad is amazing on its own, but when it is served on a warm, homemade arepa . . .  wow is all I can say. Swoon worthy. 

Speaking of swoon, reina pepiada translates to “curvy queen” and was apparently named after a famous Venezuelan beauty queen. From what I can gather, a local arepa stand named this sandwich in her honor because it was a thing of beauty and yeah, it lives up to its moniker. I’m not sure if she ever had the privilege of tasting this creation, but I hope she did. Otherwise, she really missed out.

Ingredients:  

Chicken/Avocado Filling:

2 c. shredded chicken (rotisserie works great!)

1 avocado, mashed

2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

Juice from one lime

½ serrano pepper, chopped (if you like spice)

Salt and pepper

Freshly-baked Arepas

Mix all ingredients for the chicken/avocado filling in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve inside freshly-baked arepas.

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