Easiest Arugula Chicken Bagel Sandwich

This fast and healthy 4-ingredient chicken bagel sandwich will have your mouth watering for lunch time! The arugula’s peppery flavor pairs perfectly with the chicken.

3 bagels on the counter
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In our house, this recipe is a lunchtime staple. My husband and I work from home, meaning, lunchtime needs to be efficient. That’s how this sandwich was born. It’s the perfect quick and easy meal. The arugula gives it a delicious peppery taste that you’ll love!

Arugula Chicken Bagel Sandwich Ingredients

  • 1 plain bagel cut in half
  • 2 Tbsp plain cream cheese (or spread of choice)
  • 1 Handful organic arugula (baby or regular)
  • 2-4 slices shaved deli chicken

How to Make a Arugula Chicken Bagel Sandwich

  1. First, toast the bagel in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes or in the toaster for 2 minutes.
  2. Second, grab the cream cheese, or spread of choice, and apply it to one-half of the bagel.
  3. Third, add the arugula on top of the cream cheese.
  4. Now, add your chicken on top of the arugula folded in half to easily fit on the bagel. Add the top half of the bagel and enjoy!

Best Bagels for a Chicken Bagel Sandwich

The bagel texture pairs well with the sandwich contents. The best bagels for this recipe are plain. You can make them homemade, out of sourdough, or grab a package of them at the grocery store.

arugula on a bagel on a plate
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Regular vs Baby Arugula

If you’ve not tried arugula I 100% recommend using baby arugula. The flavor is mild and delicious. I use baby arugula for a soft, subtle peppery flavor and it always turns out delicious.

arugula chicken on a bagel on a plate
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Best Chicken To Use

The chicken you use matters. It’s the center stage of this sandwich which means the taste and texture play a huge roll. To keep this recipe healthy, try a shaved deli chicken fresh from the grocery store’s deli counter.

Not all deli meat is the same. Don’t use the packages over in the refrigerated section. It will not taste the same. Look for a organic chicken at the deli counter with no added colors, nitrates, or sugars.

Alternative Spreads To Try

For this recipe, use plain cream cheese for a creamy flavor. Or for a tangy flavor add mustard or for heat add avocado chipotle mayonnaise.

Or try avocado mayonnaise or hummus for a dairy-free option. My personal favorite is the original cream cheese or chipotle mayo. The Primal Kitchen brand is my favorite, there’s zero additives, chemicals, or GMOs. It’s super good and healthy for you too!

Best Tips For Building This Sandwich

If you put the arugula on top of the chicken, you’ll have it falling out of your sandwich and onto your lap. Always put cream cheese on the top half of the bagel to prevent this from happening.

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Arugula Chicken Bagel Sandwich

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
This fast and healthy 4-ingredient sandwich will have your mouth watering for lunch time! The arugula's peppery flavor pairs perfectly with the chicken.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • 1 toaster or oven
  • 1 knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 plain bagel cut in half
  • 2 Tbsp plain cream cheese (or spread of choice)
  • 1 Handful organic arugula (baby or regular)
  • 2-4 slices shaved deli chicken

Instructions
 

  • First, toast the bagel in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes or in the toaster for 2 minutes.
  • Second, grab the cream cheese, or spread of choice, and apply it to one-half of the bagel.
  • Third, add the arugula on top of the cream cheese.
  • Now, add your chicken on top of the arugula folded in half to easily fit on the bagel. Add the top half of the bagel and enjoy!

Notes

*instead of using cream cheese for the spread, you could use hummus, cashew cream cheese, mustard, or avocado mayo as a dairy-free option. 
*baby arugula is less bitter and in my opinion tastes better on this sandwich
*keep the deli chicken cold, it gives the sandwich the perfect temperature
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