Holy Mother of God. This sandwich.
I’m kinda at a loss for words. (Ok, not really). I know I said in my last post that the next one wouldn’t be a burger or slider, or sandwich, but just hear me out.
This is off the charts fantastic. Like, it makes you wanna cuss.
Ok, so first things first.
This Ciabatta is soooo good. You can find the recipe here. Keep in mind that you don’t have to make the bread homemade, you could always pick up some Ciabatta from the bakery at your local grocery store. I love to make bread; I know it sounds crazy but it’s a stress reliever for me. Don’t judge.
When I first made this sandwich, I started out with Ciabatta, chicken, slaw and cheese. I decided it was going to be a grilled cheese, kinda/sorta.
It was good, and I knew there was definitely potential there, but it was missing something. Initially I was thinking thinking bacon, maybe candied bacon, but I didn’t really want to go there because it seemed too cliche, and since I put bacon on a lot of things I didn’t want to do something so expected.
Then it hit me. Ok, fine, I’ll succumb to the bacon, damnit. I’ll candy it.
No, I’m gonna candy it and make it hot! Sweet and spicy bacon.
Bacon on crack.
I now have a new obsession. Just look at all that crispy, sweet and spicy goodness.
This definitely is not for the faint of heart.
Here’s your printable –
BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta with Hot Candied Bacon
- This Ciabatta Recipe
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 12 oz Coca Cola
- 1 bottle barbecue sauce (I used KC Masterpiece Hickory)
- 1 bag angel hair slaw
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1 cup mayo (give or take depending on your preference)
- Salt and pepper to taste (For the slaw)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp cayenne pepper (give or take depending on your tolerance for heat)
- 1 lb bacon
- 16 oz. Muenster cheese, sliced thin
- Add the chicken, coca cola and barbecue sauce to a slow cooker on low. Cook for 6-8 hours, until done. (You could alternatively pour the soda and sauce over the breasts in a baking dish, cover and bake for 35-35 minutes on 375).
- Combine the slaw, tomato, onion, jalapeno, mayo and salt and pepper; cover and refrigerate.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Arrange bacon on a foil lined baking sheet.
- Combine the brown sugar and cayenne in a small bowl; sprinkle over bacon and bake for 12-15 minutes, until done and crispy.
- Assemble the sandwiches by cutting the Ciabatta into sandwich sized pieces, then slicing in two.
- Pile on the BBQ chicken, cheese, slaw and bacon.
- Heat in a skillet over medium heat until the cheese is melted.