BBQ Chicken on Ciabatta with Muenster and Hot Candied Bacon

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.

IMGP9427Ok, 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.

IMGP9462I now have a new obsession. Just look at all that crispy, sweet and spicy goodness.

IMGP9442This definitely is not for the faint of heart.

Here’s your printable –

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta with Hot Candied Bacon

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.
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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 17 Comments

    1. Shea

      Thanks so much Kristi!!

  1. Corina

    That’s got to be one of the most amazing sandwiches I’ve ever seen! I also love to make my own bread but don’t do it very often these days.

  2. I love sandwiches! I haven’t met many that I didn’t like. This one looks A-mazing! I wanted to let you know that I featured your recipe on this week’s Party in Your PJs link party. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I hope you have a great weekend. I’m so glad I found your blog. I’ve subscribed 🙂

  3. Well, if this sandwich is so good it makes you want to cuss, I feel like I need to try it for myself! It sounds divine, truly, and like you, I’m a bread baker for stress relief. 🙂

    This is one of my favorite recipes from last week’s #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I’ll be sharing it on my blog tomorrow evening, and I hope to see you back there again this week sharing again. Happy (early) July 4th, and keep up the great work!

  4. Jann Olson

    Oh my does this ever look delicious! I have never candied bacon and wasn’t sure how you did it. Now I see that it is so easy. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC. Pinning.

  5. Just pinned and will be sharing on FB!! Love this awesome sandwich!!!

    HUgs from Freedom Fridays

  6. Anna Can Do It!

    Thank you for linking up to the #2 National Saturdal likparty! I really love this recipe and the bacon makes everything better! 😀

  7. Drooling! The chicken sounds amazing! Love that it is made in the slow cooker. Then the slaw – crazy good!

    1. Shea

      Thanks Stephanie 🙂

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