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September 13, 2013 / staceyj

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Football season is in full effect!  And whether you are a rabid fan, a casual observer or a why-would-I-spend-my-beautiful-Saturday-watching-men-in-uniform-tackle-each-other-type…you still gotta eat!  And this deliciousness (thank you Midwest Living for the recipe!) is a perfect meal to enjoy at a tailgate or anywhere else for that matter.

These sandwiches are easy, quick, can be made ahead of time and contain bacon and cheese.  Can I get a Yes! and Amen!?

Here’s what you’ll need to enjoy these slammin’ sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small red onion, cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard
  • 2 12-inch loaves baguette-style French bread
  • 9 slices crisp-cooked bacon (crisp is code for nearly burnt, the best way to enjoy bacon in my slice of the world)
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
Here’s the game plan:
First you will need to rinse the chicken and sprinkle it with garlic salt and pepper.  (My package of chicken came with four pieces so in the spirit of keeping this poultry team together…I cooked all four.)

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Next, slice the red onion and remind yourself to have a copious amount of gum or mints available so your onion breath doesn’t destroy friendships at your tailgate or your table.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Coat both sides of the onion with olive oil.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Cook the onions and the chicken on medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F) and onion is tender, turning once halfway through.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

The recipe calls for this to be done on a grill or with a grill pan.  I originally made this recipe in March.  And I was too cold to go outside and grill so I just made it inside on my stove top.  Apparently I am a fair weather griller.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Meanwhile, combine the mayo…

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

…and the mustard.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Yum-o!

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Slice that bread in half horizontally,

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

and then hollow out each half, leaving a 3/4-inch shell.  Then try really hard not to be permanently scarred by my creepy looking hand in this picture.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Oh…and don’t forget to cook that bacon!  The crispier the better.  That applies to many areas of life really.  Well…except for sunbathing, hair styling and baking.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Once the chicken is done, remove it from your stove top or grill.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Thinly slice that chicken and separate the red onion into rings.  Caution: even though the words onion and rings were used in the same sentence above, it does NOT mean that breaded blessing of an appetizer is going to manifest.  We must all move on.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Spread the insides of the bread halves with the mayonnaise mixture.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Layer the bottom bread pieces with chicken, onion, bacon, and cheese. Replace the tops and press the sandwich together all nice and snug.  The bacon and cheese and chicken are becoming besties at this point in the process.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Slice each sandwich into serving size pieces and then…

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

…hold your sandwich up to admire all you’ve accomplished.  But don’t pat yourself on the back at the same time or I can’t be held responsible for what could happen.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Tightly wrap each sandwich in foil. If you like, chill up to 24 hours.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Or if you’re like me and rarely have your life planned 24 hours ahead of time…much less your meals…cook or grill straight away!

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Cook these babies in a 350 degrees oven for 10 minutes, or until heated through.  Melt-y awesomeness!

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Then leave to go answer the door, have a lovely but brief conversation with your friend at the door and then come back to find your dog enjoying your chicken, cheddar and bacon masterpiece too.  (Good thing I cooked that extra piece of chicken!)

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

I decided to round out the meal with some baked beans and BBQ potato chips and placed them all in some plastic baskets we have in our tailgating stash.  My kids get the biggest kick out of eating meals in baskets.  Oh, the simple things.

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Enjoy your weekend of cheering, eating and relaxing!  And remember…everything is better with bacon!

Chicken, Cheddar and Bacon Sandwiches

Go Team Go!

Stacey

P.S. Here is the link to Midwest Living’s original recipe.

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2 Comments

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  1. Teenie Bird / Sep 13 2013 3:02 pm

    My taste buds are making an executive decision. We’re eating these tomorrow! Yum! Go Cyclones!

    • staceyj / Sep 13 2013 10:36 pm

      I like the way your taste buds think!

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