Captain James T. Kirk once ordered a chicken sandwich and coffee from a food synthesizer. Kirk was quite dismayed, however, when he found that tribbles had infested the system. Mr. Spock found the process fascinating. (TOS episode: "The Trouble With Tribbles"; DS9 episode & novelization: Trials and Tribble-ations)
- The chicken sandwich scene was omitted from the earlier James Blish novelization of "The Trouble with Tribbles" in Star Trek 3.
In order to appear inconspicuous among Human Starfleet cadets, Data learned to order a chicken sandwich, apple and glass of milk when eating in company. Tasha Yar referred to the meal as "misfit camouflage". (TNG novel: Survivors)