Make Your Own Chicken Tikka Sandwich, a Midtown Mashup
My brother just got back from a vacation to jolly old England. Out of all his trip photos, I’ll admit that I was most captivated by a photo of a chicken tikka sandwich from Subway in London. Say what? Why don’t our Subways serve chicken tikka sandwiches?!! And more importantly, where can I get a chicken tikka sandwich in midtown?
Sometimes when you want a sandwich you need to take things into your own hands, so this week I hit up Minar for an order of their chicken tikka masala and then (with the Murray’s Salami challenge in mind) strolled over to Corrado Bread in Grand Central Market to pick up a couple sandwich rolls and meet Blondie for lunch. (If Minar is too far away from Grand Central for you, there is always Grill 44, Joy Curry and Tandoor, Maharaja, or even the Indian spot in the Grand Central food court downstairs.)
Next it was time to assemble the sandwiches. The rolls from Corrado are pretty dense so for sandwich constructing purposes, we hollowed them out slightly. Set aside the bready innards–don’t worry, they won’t go to waste, you can use them for soaking up the extra sauce.
Then layer on the chicken tikka pieces and spoon the sauce over both sandwiches. Top with raita and voila: chicken tikka sandwich! Delicious!
A couple of tips: one order of chicken tikka ($7) will make two sizable sandwiches. Since I was going to be making sandwiches, I asked the ladies at Minar to give me extra raita in place naan or rice and they did so without any extra charge. Definitely go for the $1.50 sandwich rolls at Corrado, the $2 rolls are a bit too big and unwieldy.
If you like your chicken tikka with a little bit of heat, you’ll enjoy this sandwich. I would definitely make it again. Perhaps it would make a worthy contender for a future Certe Midtown Lunch Sandwich Contest…
Minar, 138 W. 46th St. (btw. 6+7th), 212-398-4600
Corrado Bread and Pastry, Grand Central Terminal Market (entrance on Lexington and 43rd).