One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to take some of our favorite dishes and make them into something else. A pie into a cookie, a cookie into a crème brûlée, or a pasta into a sandwich. My husband, Jake has been asking me to make Chicken Carbonara. While I like this dish, there are other pasta dishes I prefer. So I decided to please us both and turn it into a sandwich.
The result: my favorite sandwich ever. Literally I was so in love with this I called my husband, dad and sister to see if I could bring them lunch. While my dad was the only one who could come over and try it I made one for my husband that evening. I was so excited, it was a perfect melody of flavors.
A traditional Carbonara is made with an egg based sauce with garlic, pancetta or bacon and parmesan cheese.
Using the egg and garlic I made a homemade aioli to spread on inside of the sandwich. I then used the parmesan element of the dish by using it to crust the outside of the sandwich, this turned out beautiful. I layered the pancetta with a chicken breast, making the duo the “meat” of the sandwich.
Layering the parmesan crusted Italian bread, aioli, chicken breast, pancetta, cheese and a touch of lemon zest brought this sandwich to a whole new level of A-M-AZING!
I literally can’t wait to make this again. It was easy to prepare, has a stunning presentation and eating it was more than incredible.
Experience A Dash of Sanity original, Grilled Chicken Carbonara Sandwich.
A twist on an Italian classic Carbonara dish that is transformed into a sandwich. Delicious layers of flavors with homemade garlic aioli, pancetta, grilled chicken and parmesan-crusted bread!
- 8 slices Italian bread, I used Udi’s Artisan Bakery Italian Wheat
- ¼ cup of butter
- 4 slices pancetta
- 2 large chicken breast
- 1 recipe of Garlic Basil Aioli, recipe below
- I cup parmesan or asiago cheese, shredded
- 8 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 small lemon, zested
Cut the chicken breast in half horizontally, so that you have 4 pieces of chicken. Place them in a Ziplock bag and proceed to pound the chicken breast so that you have 4 thin pieces of chicken. Season with salt and pepper and grill until completely cooked through. My grill took about 7 minutes.
While chicken is grilling make aioli. Place the egg, crushed garlic cloves, and parsley into a blender, I used my Ninja and use the single serving cup to blend. Blend until mixed and there are no garlic chunks, add the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, a sprinkle of lemon juice may also be added. Blend until thickened. Set aside.
Once chicken is done, heat medium skillet on stove over medium-high heat. Use 2 teaspoons of butter and let it melt in pan. Meanwhile generously butter 8 slices of bread, just on one side. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese on each slice of bread and sprinkle 1 tablespoon – 1 ½ tablespoons of grated parmesan or asiago cheese on each slice of bread as well. Push down cheese to make it stick to the buttered bread. Reduce heat to medium-low. Place 2 slices of bread in skillet pan, cheese-butter side down. Immediately spread aioli on the bread, then top with chicken, pancetta, about ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese, touch of the left over parmesan and a pinch of lemon zest top with slice of bread with the parmesan butter side up. After cooking for a few minutes and until the cheese is a golden brown flip over sandwich and bake until cheese in the sandwich is melted and the bread is a golden brown. Remove from heat and repeat process with remaining ingredients.
Cut sandwiches in half and serve with a green salad. If you have extra aioli, have it on the side for those who want more.
Note the aioli by itself has a bite to it, but once in the sandwich the flavors mellow out, so don’t hesitate to spread it on thick.
Dads Review: When I called my dad about the sandwich he headed right over there was no hesitation. When he walked in he remarked how amazing the plate looked. He loved this sandwich and thought a tomato would pair well with it. The next time I have my parents over for a lunch, this will be on the menu.