Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

You know how I mentioned I’ve been on a sandwich kick lately?  And also how I love Caesar salad and eat it all the time?  Yeah, I loved this meal.  I’ve had chicken Caesar wraps and sandwiches at various restaurants (and several hospital cafeterias – blech).  None of them were ever worth ordering again, but this version will be making many reappearances in our house.  Ciabatta bread is always my favorite for sandwiches and it is brilliant here.  The original recipe calls for proscuitto but with the anchovy paste in the dressing, the proscuitto pushed the saltiness over the edge for me.  Next time I’ll just use regular or turkey bacon instead.  Also, Ina suggests arugula as the greens on the sandwich.  It seems that arugula and my tummy just do not agree, and every time I eat it I feel queasy almost immediately.  Needless to say, I won’t use that again.  Romaine lettuce makes more sense to me in this context – it is a Caesar sandwich after all.  Whatever personal adaptations you use to help this suit your tastes, give it a try.  If you like chicken Caesar salad, I think you’ll love this.

Chicken Caesar Club Sandwiches
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2 chicken breasts (whole or boneless, skinless)
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large clove garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-1½ tsp. anchovy paste
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1½ tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup mayonnaise
1 long loaf ciabatta bread, or 4 ciabatta sandwich rolls
Romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried (or baby spinach or arugula)
Shaved Parmesan cheese
Sliced bacon, cooked until partly crisp

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Lightly rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and season with kosher salt and pepper.  Roast for 30-40 minutes, until cooked through.  Let rest 10 minutes, then slice thickly.  Set aside.

To make the Caesar dressing, combine the garlic and parsley in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until finely minced, scraping down the sides as needed.  Add the anchovy paste, mustard, lemon juice and mayonnaise.  Process until smooth and well blended.  Adjust seasonings to taste if necessary.  Refrigerate the dressing if not using right away.

Slice the bread in half horizontally.   Toast if desired.  Spread both cut sides of the bread lightly with the Caesar dressing.  Layer the bottom half of the bread with the romaine leaves, then top with shaved Parmesan, cooked bacon slices, and sliced chicken.  Top with additional romaine if desired.  Place the top half of the bread on top, enclosing the sandwich fillings.  If using a loaf of ciabatta, slice the assembled sandwich into individual servings.  Serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten

31 Responses

  1. Yummy … Can’t wait to make this thanks for posting

  2. I’ve been wanting to try them since I flipped past them in the cookbook. They look great!

  3. I’m always on a sandwich kick, LOL. Those look amazing! I love Caesar salad, so I’m sure the sandwich version is even better. 🙂


  4. Fantastic sandwich! Chicken caesar is one of my all-time favorite salads (as long as the lettuce isn’t dripping with dressing) and I love almost all sandwiches, so this hybrid is right up my alley.

  5. OMG! I love Ceasar salad and the idea to make a sandwich with it is brilliant! I must to try this!

  6. This sandwich looks so tempting!

  7. I like your site. A friend just told me about it. Alison

  8. Gorgeous sandwich!! Perfect for summer.

  9. The bacon throws it over the top!!! This sandwich looks amazing!!! Who wouldn’t luv to see this for dinner! Will be giving it a try soon!

  10. I could use one of these right about now!
    looks DELISH!

    come to think of it
    everything on your blog looks SO YUMMY

  11. This looks delish! Have you ever tried a chicken caesar wrap from a Pita Pit? Not sure if there’s one where you live, but there’s is pretty good if so.

  12. I love the “club” part of it…never thought about adding bacon, but I will now!!!

  13. i totally agree with you on the changes you made for the prosciutto and arugula. the dressing recipe itself is awesome but a few changes are needed to make the sandwich (or salad like i made instead) perfect overall.

  14. My twin boys adore caesar wraps so, this would be a welcome weekend lunch for them. Thanks for passing along the recipe. Just need to track down some anchovy paste.

  15. I love to play around with recipes, but Romaine is definitely my green of choice for a chicken Caesar sandwich. It gives it that nice crunch you don’t get with arugula.

  16. Oh geez…these look incredible!

  17. Lovely presentation! I’m trying to add more salads and sandwiches into my diet, and I’m definitely gonna give this a go with some wholewheat ciabatta 🙂

  18. This inspired me to work with what I had, I used the same basic idea but put it in a pita.

    Next time I’m going to try it with the bacon and with breaded chicken, just to see the difference 🙂

  19. that sandwich is totally tasty!

  20. so, where can I find anchovy paste? These look SO good!

  21. This sandwich looks declicious! I think that Ciabatta bread also makes any sandwich SUPER spectacular!

  22. That is one nice looking sandwich!

  23. Funny, I thought Chicken Caesar Sandwiches, YUM!

    But as I read along the actual recipe, I had the exact same reactions as yours
    1) Even Chik-Fila can’t do a chicken caesar wrap right and I love Chik-Fila.
    2) Yeah, prosciutto would make it salty and
    3) Yep, stick with romaine.

    So sorry Ina, I’m sticking with Anne;)

  24. This looks delicious – your picture is gorgeous, too. I think I’m up for chicken caesar pretty much any time, too.

  25. Holy-wow-yum! These look SO good!

  26. this sandwich looks incredible. i wish i weren’t lazy or i’d make this asap. great photo, too!

  27. Making these this evening. I just tasted the dressing and, ohmy, I’m excited to eat the whole thing.

    By the way, I only found your blog a couple of weeks ago but I am 100% in love with it. I’ll probably be linking to it next week!

  28. Hi Annie:

    How important do you think the bacon is to the flavor? I’m not a huge bacon fan, but will eat it in some contexts – I also don’t want to compromise the flavor.

    • Not hugely important. I don’t think it makes the sandwich worse, but if you don’t like it then leave it out.

  29. Great, thank you! We just had these for lunch (minus the bacon) and they were fantastic.

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