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This Green Goddess chicken sandwich is a delicious way to use up leftover chicken (or leftover turkey!). Homemade Green Goddess dressing, smoky bacon, avocado, and crisp salad greens complete this tasty sandwich.

green goddess chicken sandwich on a wooden cutting board

Not sure if Green Goddess dressing is making some sort of comeback or what (it was invented in the 1920s and really popular in the ’70s), but I keep seeing it. It’s a fairly basic recipe, and as always, I played with the ingredients until I achieved a taste that I liked. I fancied it on a sandwich, so that’s how this whole idea came about.

At first I envisioned a solely plant-based sandwich, but then I realized that the anchovies in the dressing would rule it out for vegetarians, so I went back to the drawing board. Leftover chicken is practically made for sandwiches, and bacon goes with everything… so the rest is history. 😉

homemade green goddess chicken sandwich on a cutting board with bacon, avocado, and salad greens

The dressing is very herby, and the tarragon is definitely the predominant flavor. The anchovies provide the umami taste. Just like in Caesar dressing, you’re not left with something fishy tasting if it’s done right.

I suggest making this dressing a few hours ahead so the flavors have some time to settle and the dressing can thicken up in the fridge so it’s more easily spreadable. The recipe makes quite a bit of dressing – enough for several sandwiches and a salad or two you can enjoy later on in the week.

I used butter leaf lettuce and arugula for the greens in this Green Goddess chicken sandwich.

Avocado adds more moisture and creaminess, and it just makes most sandwiches that much better in my opinion. You can always play with the sandwich toppings to suit your tastes, of course.

homemade green goddess chicken sandwich with bacon and avocado cut in half on a cutting board

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This Green Goddess chicken sandwich is a delicious way to use up leftover chicken (or leftover turkey!). Homemade Green Goddess dressing, smoky bacon, avocado, and crisp salad greens complete this tasty sandwich.
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Green Goddess Chicken Sandwich

A delicious sandwich with homemade green goddess dressing, bacon, and leftover chicken.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 1



  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Sandwich/toppings, to taste:

  • Bread toasted
  • Avocado
  • Arugula
  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • Leftover or rotisserie chicken (or turkey)
  • Bacon


  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture is smooth. Anchovy paste is fairly salty, so keep that in mind when adding extra salt. Add to a jar and refrigerate until needed (best if refrigerated for at least a couple of hours).
  • Fry bacon until crispy, toast the bread, spread the green goddess dressing on, and add desired toppings. Enjoy!


  • I didn't put sandwich topping quantities because it's so subjective. Use as little or as much as you like. šŸ™‚
  • Makes about 1.5 cups dressing that can be kept in the fridge for several days.

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  1. Anna Wright says:

    Sandwich are relatively easy to make and are healthy as well. The chicken twist with green goddess dressing is amazing!!!

  2. Meg @ Meg is Well says:

    Green Goddess dressing is my favorite but I almost never have it. Can’t wait to start making this and putting it on everything. Also this sandwich is amazing!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Meg!!

  3. Sally @ Good Dinner Mom says:

    Wow Natasha, what a great post/recipe! I love Green Goddess dressing when done right and I’m with you about the anchovies.They do add that needed and almost mysterious unami taste. Cannot wait to try this. Beautiful, mouth-watering pictures, too.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Sally! ????

  4. Cathy | says:

    What a fabulous use of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey! I’m an anchovy lover so I love that you included it in that herby dressing. This makes me want to skip right over Thanksgiving and straight to the leftovers!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Cathy! Let me know if you make it šŸ™‚ hope you have a great thanksgiving even if it’s not for a while yet ????

  5. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says:

    I love a good sandwich and totally agree that leftover chicken is made for sandwiches! That dressing sounds delicious. Predominant tarragon flavour? Sign me up! One of my favourite herbs for sure šŸ™‚ This would be a perfect lunch right now with a big cup o coffee šŸ˜‰

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks, Dawn!! I love tarragon too, but don’t use it nearly often enough!