Try my version of the TikTok viral chopped Italian sandwich; it pairs chicken and bacon with classic chopped vegetables in a toasted baguette. It’s simple to make while being incredibly satisfying to eat!
Step by Step Recipe Instructions
- Chicken Breast: Opt for butterflied chicken breast to ensure even marination and cooking. The marination infuses the chicken with robust flavors, essential for the overall taste of the sandwich.
- Olive Oil: A key component of the marinade, olive oil helps to infuse the flavors of the other ingredients.
- Red Wine Vinegar: Adds depth to the chicken marinade, balancing the richness of the olive oil and mustard.
- Mustard: A tablespoon of mustard in the marinade introduces a sharp and piquant taste, enhancing the chicken’s flavor profile.
- Seasonings: Oregano, salt, and pepper are classic seasonings that give the chicken an aromatic and savory quality.
- Bacon: Streaky bacon provides a crispy, smoky element to the sandwich, adding both texture and flavor.
- Baguettes: Sliced baguettes serve as the sturdy and crusty base of the sandwich, perfect for holding all the ingredients together.
- Vegetables: Sliced onion, tomato, and lettuce add freshness, crunch, and nutritional balance to the sandwich.
- Cheddar Cheese: The slices of cheddar cheese offer a creamy to the sandwich filling. Feel free to use whichever cheese you have on hand.
- Crispy Chili and Fried Onion Butter (Staples Brand): This specialty butter adds a unique twist with its spicy and savory notes, elevating the sandwich’s overall taste.
- Honey Mustard (Staples Brand): Brings a sweet and tangy flavor, complementing the other components of the sandwich perfectly.
- Mayo: Adds creaminess and helps to bind all the chopped ingredients together, enriching the sandwich’s texture.
Preparing the Baguettes: Hollowing out the baguettes helps to create more space for filling without making the sandwich too bulky. Toasting them in the oven adds a delightful crunch that contrasts well with the soft interior.
Marinating the Chicken: If time allows, let the chicken sit for 30 minutes or longer in the marinate. This will tenderize the chicken and add more flavor.
Adjusting Filling Consistency: After mixing the chopped ingredients with sauces, assess the filling. Add more mayo or mustard if it seems dry, or a bit more chopped veggies if it’s too wet.
Storage and Leftovers
Storing the Prepared Sandwich: If you have any leftover assembled sandwich, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator. It’s best consumed within 24 hours to maintain the freshness and texture.
Storing the Chopped Chicken Mixture: In case you have extra chopped chicken mixture, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. This mixture typically stays fresh for up to 2-3 days.
If you prefer an alternative to baguettes, soft sandwich bread, Italian sub rolls, or ciabatta are excellent options. Each bread type offers a unique texture and flavor. Soft sandwich bread will give a more classic sandwich feel, Italian subs provide a chewy and crusty texture, and ciabatta offers a rustic touch with its airy crumb and crisp crust.
Yes, you can. Bell peppers, cucumber slices, or arugula make great additions or substitutions for added crunch and flavor.
Yes, you can. Instead of cooking the chicken and bacon, simply add cold cuts to the cutting board and chop them along with the vegetables.
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- Chicken and Bacon Sandwich
- Choripan Sandwich
- Osso Bucco Sandwich
- Junglee Chicken Sandwich
- My Mom’s Cheese Toastie
TikTok Viral Italian Chopped Sandwich
For the chicken
- 500 g chicken breast butterflied
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp mustard
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tsp oregano
For the sandwich
- Baguettes sliced
- 5 slices Streaky Bacon
- Onion sliced
- Tomato sliced
- Lettuce sliced
- 3 slices cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp crispy chili and fried onion butter
- 2 tbsp staples honey mustard
- 2 tbsp mayo
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 390°F (200°C).
- In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, oregano, salt, and pepper. Marinate the chicken breast in this mixture.
- Place bacon in a cold sauté pan. Turn the heat to medium and cook until the bacon is crispy to your liking. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel to drain.
- Pour the rendered bacon fat into another sauté pan over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken breast and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Once cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
- Hollow out the top slice of the baguette, leaving the crust intact. This creates more space for the filling. Spread crispy chili and fried onion butter on the bottom slice of the baguette.
- Toast the prepared baguettes in the oven at 390°F (200°C) for 5-6 minutes.
- On a large chopping board, combine the onion, tomato, lettuce, cooked chicken, cheese, and bacon. Chop everything together until well mixed. Stir in the honey mustard and mayo until everything is evenly coated.
- Fill the toasted baguette with the chicken mixture. Slice the sandwich in half and serve. Enjoy your delicious viral chopped Italian sandwich!