A club sandwich (or clubhouse sandwich as they are often also called) is my absolute favorite. They are usually served as a double decker sandwich, that is, one made with three slices of bread and two layers of goodies in between. If you don’t want that third piece of bread, simply make the sandwich with two slices.
I hesitate to call this a club sandwich “recipe”, because it is really just a listing of what you need to make the sandwich. But I guess that’s what a recipe is, isn’t it?
This is a great recipe for using up leftover roasted or baked chicken. You can use the white or dark meat, although white meat is traditionally used in a clubhouse sandwich. You can also use left over turkey if you have it. Another great way to use leftovers from that holiday bird.
If you don’t have chicken leftovers, you can use purchased rotisserie chicken or just quickly cook up a chicken breast. Slice it in half lengthwise, so it is thin and cooks quickly. I just fry it up, but you can bake it too.
The grand finale? A club sandwich just HAS to have mayonnaise in my opinion. Or Miracle Whip if you prefer. Either one, it is the one thing that brings this whole sandwich together and blends all the flavors together miraculously. Maybe that’s why they call it Miracle Whip.
Anyway, if you haven’t ever given eaten a club sandwich, it is a must try in my humble opinion. It’s one of the best sandwich recipes ever.
For each sandwich you will need:
Club Sandwich Recipe
- 3 slices bread, choose your favorite
- 3 ounces cooked chicken, sliced
- 3 slices bacon
- 2 slices tomato
- 1 leaf lettuce
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- If you are using raw chicken, fry or bake the chicken breast. Fry the bacon. Toast the bread.
- To assemble the sandwich, lay the lettuce and chicken on one slice of bread. Spread with mayonnaise. Add a second slice of bread. Lay the tomato slices and bacon slices on this bread slice. Add more mayonnaise if you want.
That’s it. Enjoy.
- Sometimes this sandwich becomes quite thick and difficult to hold and keep all the ingredients inside. That’s why it is usually served with a toothpick in each piece. You can insert a toothpick into each piece if you find that the filling is trying to come out.
- Use less bacon if you want. Most of the calories in this recipe are from the bacon.
- This recipe tells you how to make one sandwich, but is easily multiplied to serve as many as you want.
- To vary the taste of this recipe, try different breads. Whole grain, rye bread or artisan breads with seeds would be fantastic.
Add-Ons Take it to Another Level
Use your imagination and taste buds and add on your favorite foods to take this classic bacon and tomato sandwich to another level. Here are some suggestions:
- I love thinly sliced cucumbers added to a classic club sandwich.
- Homemade guacamole is a fantastic add on.
- Sliced pickles – either dill or bread and butter pickles – add a bit of tang and fantastic crunch.
- Spread homemade chili sauce over your club sandwich.
- Thinly sliced hot peppers are a great addition if you like it spicy.
- Other spicy add ons to consider are chipotle sauce or harissa sauce.
- Try peameal bacon (a Canadian staple) in place of the regular bacon.
You can use either cold cut type chicken breast or fresh cooked chicken. I think the fresh cooked chicken makes a much more delicious sandwich, but if you are in a hurry and the cold cut version is what you have on hand, go for it.
Remember that the calorie, protein and fiber counts for this recipe depend on a few things: they type of bread you use (whole wheat has more fiber), plus how much bacon and chicken you use etc.
There are a lot of ways to change up a club sandwich. One way is to use chicken salad instead of plain chicken. Here is a great recipe for the chicken salad.
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