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