The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich | Cooking In Stilettos

Have you ever read a recipe or seen one made on a show and obsessed over it until you absolutely HAD to make that recipe?  When Alex Guarnaschelli said that she had the Ultimate Chicken Cutlet Sandwich on The Best Thing I Ever Made, I  was intrigued.  I knew the sandwich would take a bit of prep and, quite frankly, I didn’t feel like whipping out the frying pan and getting oil splatter everywhere.  However, the thought of that sandwich had me obsessed.  Finally, I took the plunge and, if we must be honest, Chef Guarnaschelli is no joke -this is The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich. 

I switched up the recipe a bit, removing the sage and adding some Monterey Jack cheese to the mix along with one of my faves, Aleppo pepper (which – interesting sidenote, I never tried it until Chef Guarnaschelli said it was the perfect addition to a grilled cheese and it is now a pantry staple in my house – I use it in many dishes).  I went with arugula because I love that peppery bite and lightened up the mayo schmear a bit.  Yes, the recipe is a bit complicated.  Yes, it’s not low in calories.  Yes, it’s worth the effort.

This Ultimate Chicken Sandwich is a tried and true – and this, my friends, is the best chicken sandwich I ever made.

On to the recipe:

Gather your ingredients

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich - Ingredients | Cooking In Stilettos

Crisping up the prosciutto

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich - Crisping Up The Prosciutto | Cooking In Stilettos

Look at that chicken bubble away

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich - Frying the Chicken Cutlets | Cooking In Stilettos

Nothing wrong with toasting a bit of cheese, right?

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich - Melting the Cheese | Cooking In Stilettos

Don’t you want a bite now?

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 to 1½ pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of canola oil
  • 8 slices of prosciutto
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup of light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (I used Mexican oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon of Aleppo pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup of grated Parmesan
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of arugula
  • ½ – ⅔ cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 large soft Kaiser rolls, split
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. On a large cutting board, butterfly the chicken breasts in half. Pound each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap until it is very thin.
  3. Preheat the canola oil in a heavy bottomed pan until it starts to lightly smoke.
  4. Lightly fry the prosciutto slices until they get crisp. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and sherry vinegar. Season with a bit of salt and pepper (to taste) and set aside.
  6. In a large baking dish, mix together the plain breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs, dried oregano, Aleppo pepper (if using), and grated Parmesan
  7. In another baking dish, whisk together the eggs and season with a touch of salt and pepper.
  8. Dip the thin chicken cutlets in the egg mixture and then dredge the chicken cutlets in the breadcrumb mixture.
  9. Fry the chicken cutlets in the canola oil until brown on the first side – about 5 minutes or so. Flip the chicken cutlets and fry for another 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  10. Remove the browned and crispy chicken cutlets to a baking sheet. Sprinkle the chicken cutlets with the Monterey Jack cheese and bake for about 10 minutes or so, until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
  11. Spread each roll with a bit of the mayonnaise mixture. Top with some arugula, followed by the chicken cutlet and top with the prosciutto. Coat the other side of the roll with a light spread of the mayonnaise mixture and top the sandwich.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
Adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli

 

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  1. says

    Oh my, yes, that definitely looks like the world’s greatest chicken sandwich. Next time, be sure to make me one too, ok? I keep Aleppo pepper in my pantry too. I grew up with it in our house and love the stuff (in small doses … It’s strong).

  2. says

    Oh yes I do that ALL the time! I’ve had to hunt down some recipes in order to get an idea of what was in it. The downside of watching cooking tv…haha! I do really get inspired by Alex Guarnaschelli. If she taught a class, I would fly anywhere and take it.

    I’ll have to do some (ahem) market research and give this sandwich a try. Bring on the calories! It’s totally worth it. Thanks for sharing this. :-)

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