This Chicken Club Sandwich is a timeless classic, bursting with flavors from crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, and juicy chicken, all layered between soft and toasted bread. Perfect for a quick lunch or a hearty snack.
I'm a big sandwich person. I think sandwiches are an obvious choice for an easy lunch, but also one of my favorite easy dinner ideas.
And each bite of this classic Chicken Club Sandwich offers a delicious blend of textures and tastes, from the creamy mayonnaise to the crispy bacon and tender chicken. Perfect for a satisfying yet easy-to-make meal.
This easy chicken club sandwich recipe uses deli sliced chicken breast and layered with classic sandwich toppings like American cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato.
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What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Versatility: Perfect for any meal, whether it's lunch, dinner, or a hearty snack.
- Easy to Make: It really doesn't get any easier than this recipe.
- Customizable: Easily adaptable to suit different tastes and preferences.
- Delicious Layers: A perfect balance of flavors with each ingredient complementing the others.
- Great for Sharing: Makes two servings, ideal for sharing with a friend or loved one.
White Bread: Choose a high-quality, soft yet firm white bread. The texture should be dense enough to support the fillings without getting soggy. Artisanal or bakery-fresh bread can add an extra touch of quality.
Mayonnaise: Opt for a full-flavored mayonnaise, either store-bought or homemade. A rich and creamy variety enhances the overall taste of the sandwich.
Lettuce Leaves: Fresh, crisp lettuce like Romaine or Iceberg is ideal. They add a refreshing crunch and a slight bitterness that balances the richness of the other ingredients.
Deli Chicken Breast: Select high-quality, thinly sliced chicken breast for a tender and flavorful bite. Roasted or smoked varieties can add an additional layer of flavor.
American Cheese: This cheese is known for its excellent melting qualities and mild flavor, which complements the chicken and bacon. You can also consider mild cheddar or provolone for a different taste.
Bacon: Choose thick-cut bacon for a meatier texture. Ensure it's cooked until crispy to add a smoky crunch to the sandwich.
Tomato: Look for ripe, firm tomatoes. Heirloom varieties can add a unique flavor and color. Slice them thinly so they add moisture and acidity without overpowering the sandwich.
- Toaster or Grill Pan: For toasting the bread to golden perfection. If you don't have a toaster, a pan works just fine.
- Knife: A sharp knife for slicing tomatoes and cutting the sandwich.
- Cutting Board: For preparing and assembling the ingredients.
- Spatula: Useful for flipping the bacon and pressing the sandwich together.
Toast the Bread: Start by toasting the slices of white bread until they reach a golden brown color. Toasting not only enhances the flavor but also provides a crunchy texture that contrasts nicely with the soft fillings. Ensure the toaster is set to a medium setting to avoid burning the bread.
Apply Mayonnaise: Once the bread is toasted, spread a layer of mayonnaise on one side of each slice. The mayonnaise acts as a flavor enhancer and helps to create a moisture barrier, keeping the bread from getting too soggy from the other ingredients.
Add Lettuce: Place a lettuce leaf on top of the mayonnaise on each slice. Pat the lettuce dry before placing it on the bread to prevent any excess moisture from seeping into the bread.
Layer with Chicken: Add a slice of deli chicken breast on top of the lettuce on each slice. Arrange the chicken evenly to cover the bread, ensuring every bite includes all the flavors.
Cheese Next: Now, place a slice of American cheese over the chicken on each slice. The cheese will melt slightly from the warmth of the toasted bread, helping to bind the sandwich layers together.
Bacon Time: Layer two slices of cooked bacon on each sandwich. For an extra crispy texture, cook the bacon until it's just shy of your desired crispiness - it will continue to crisp up a bit after being removed from the heat.
Add Tomatoes: Top with half of the sliced tomato on each sandwich. If the tomato slices have a lot of seeds or juice, gently pat them with a paper towel before adding them to avoid making the sandwich soggy.
Next Bread Layer: Next, place a layer of toasted bread on the sandwich and spread mayonaise.
Repeat the process: On the toasted bread you just layed down, you are going to add the exact same steps, repeated. Lettuce, chicken, cheese. Then top with your final piece of toast.
Press and Serve: Gently press down on the sandwiches to meld the layers together, making them easier to eat. For a classic club sandwich presentation, cut each sandwich diagonally into triangles.
Serving Suggestion: If you're serving these sandwiches to guests, consider skewering each half with a toothpick to help hold them together, especially if they're filled generously. This makes them easier to handle and adds a nice touch to the presentation.
*The club sandwich classically has 3 layers of bread. If you find this is just too thick of a sandwich, feel free to leave out the middle layer of bread. It'll taste just as good.
For the best sandwich, ensure your bacon is crispy and your lettuce is crisp and dry. This will add the necessary texture and prevent your sandwich from becoming soggy.
- Turkey Bacon: A leaner alternative to traditional bacon.
- Swiss Cheese: For a different cheese flavor and melt.
- Whole Wheat Bread: For a healthier bread option.
- Avocado Club: Add slices of avocado for a creamy, rich layer.
- Spicy Club: Include spicy mayonnaise or a few jalapeños for a kick.
- Triple Meat Club: Add a layer of sliced turkey or ham for an extra meaty sandwich.
- Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich: Don't toast the outside bread pieces, instead butter them and grill the whole sandwich for a delicious twist.
Want to store your leftover chicken club sandwich?
Fridge Storing Option: If you need to store the sandwich, it's best to do so before adding the tomato, as it can make the bread soggy. Wrap the sandwich tightly in cling film or aluminum foil and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Add fresh tomato slices when you're ready to eat.
Freezer Storing Option: Freezing is not recommended for this sandwich. The bread can become mushy, and the lettuce will lose its crispness when thawed.
Reheating: If the sandwich has been refrigerated and you prefer it warm, reheat it in a toaster oven or on a skillet over medium heat. This method helps to retain the crispiness of the bacon and bread. Avoid using a microwave, as it can make the bread soggy and the lettuce wilted.
Alternative Storage: If you must prepare the sandwich in advance and are concerned about sogginess, consider packing the ingredients separately and assembling the sandwich when you're ready to eat. This ensures that each component retains its intended texture and flavor.
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Chicken Club Sandwich
- 3 slices of white bread
- 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 lettuce leaves
- 2 slices deli chicken breast
- 2 slices of American cheese
- 4 slices of cooked bacon
- 1 tomato sliced
- Cook bacon in medium frying pan according to the package directions.
- Toast white bread until golden brown and crispy.
- Spread a layer of mayonnaise on one side of the toast.
- Place a lettuce leaf on top of the mayonnaise.
- Add deli chicken breast slices on top of the lettuce.
- Place American cheese slices over the chicken.
- Layer with cooked bacon slices.
- Add sliced tomatoes on top of the bacon.
- Top the sandwich with a slice of toast.
- Repeat the layers of mayonaise, lettuce, chicken breast and American cheese.
- To with remaining slice of toast.
- Press the sandwiches together gently to secure the layers.
- Optionally, cut the sandwiches diagonally for serving.
Absolutely! While white bread is traditional for its soft texture and mild flavor, feel free to experiment with other types. Whole grain or sourdough bread can add a nutty or tangy flavor, respectively. Just ensure the bread you choose is sturdy enough to hold the fillings without getting soggy.
To prevent sogginess, toast the bread until it's golden brown. This creates a barrier that helps to keep the moisture from the fillings at bay. Also, make sure your lettuce and tomato are as dry as possible. Placing the lettuce right after the mayonnaise can also create a barrier between the wetter ingredients and the bread.
For the best texture, cook the bacon until it's crispy. This can be done in a frying pan over medium heat, in the oven, or even in the microwave. Crispy bacon adds a delightful crunch and holds up well against the other moist ingredients. Make sure to drain it on paper towels to remove excess grease.
While it's best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare some components ahead of time. Cook the bacon and slice the chicken, cheese, and tomatoes beforehand. Assemble the sandwich closer to serving time to maintain the best texture. If you must store it, wrap it tightly and keep it in the fridge, but try to avoid adding tomatoes until you're ready to eat.
Yes, for a vegetarian version, you can substitute the chicken and bacon with grilled vegetables, like bell peppers and zucchini, or use a plant-based chicken and bacon alternative. You can also add more cheese or avocado for extra richness and creaminess.