Odds are good that "chicken" isn't the first thing most people think of when they consider a sandwich. After all, there are so many other kinds of sammies that get higher billing: pastrami and Italian sandwiches, turkey and egg salad, meatball, roast beef and BLTs. Even peanut butter and jelly.
But still, there are plenty of chicken-sandwich fans out there, judging from all the white-breast-beating over Chick-fil-A these days. If you're one of those who's boycotting the chain, here are five chicken-sandwich alternatives:
5) Chicken Burger Larkburger It's called the Chicken Burger, which doesn't really make sense. But we're not going to quibble with a Colorado chain that is doing so well it just opened its eighth spot, this one in Northglenn. The Chicken Burger is made with grilled chicken breast marinated in adobo, a spicy and mildly sweet marinade with hints of cinnamon and jalapeño. It's served with crispy jalapeño strips, cilantro and house-made chipotle sauce. Click through for more sandwich statement options.
4) Southernfried Belgian D Bar Desserts As former Westword restaurant critic Laura Shunk wrote last summer on this take on a classic dish: "Despite D Bar's obvious focus on after-meal sweets, the savory food shouldn't be overlooked. Case in point: the Southernfried Belgian, a towering chicken and waffle sandwich that slides thick hunks of crispy fried chicken between white cheddar and Parmesan-infused waffles." Click through for more sandwich statement options.
3) Chicken Kifta Kabob Sandwich Shish Kabob Grill This Colfax Avenue mainstay -- and winner of Westword's Best Middle Eastern Food in 2011 -- offers two chicken sandwiches, although the bread here is a fluffy pita rather than a loaf or a roll. The first is the Chicken Shawerma, but the meatier meal is the Chicken Kifta Kabob Sandwich, which is a massive skewer of seasoned ground chicken served with lettuce, tomatoes and garlic sauce. Click through for more sandwich statement options.
2) Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Govnr's Park The staff (and some of the menus) at Govnr's Park claim that this 35-year-old mainstay was the first restaurant to fry up chicken, coat it in Buffalo wing sauce and slap it on a roll. Truth? Fiction? It doesn't matter. What's important is how tasty this sandwich is. Click through for more sandwich statement options.
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1) The Franklin Denver Biscuit Company Buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheese -- all smothered in sausage (or vegetarian) gravy and oozing out of a huge, buttery-fresh biscuit. That description either made your knees weak or made you slightly nauseous. If you're in the first group, let's just say that this is the chicken sandwich you need to eat next -- whether it's from the DBC's brick-and-mortar location inside the Atomic Cowboy or from the Biscuit Bus. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression, "give 'em the bird."