Have you ever done the same thing over and over again, without knowing why? Once upon a time, in a prior life, Hubby, Kiddo and I traveled. We traveled state side. We traveled abroad. We were roaming the country side. When traveling state side, it really didn’t seem to matter the destination or hotel chain, I was a creature of habit.
Touch down, retrieve the luggage and head for the hotel to settle in. Be it the Hilton, Hyatt, Four Seasons or the Ritz Carlton, it really didn’t seem to matter. Most hotels with room service usually include a Chicken Club on the menu. Some offered sprouts, others avocados, depending upon local demands and tastes. Some came with fries, others something a bit more healthy (yeah, like serving a healthy side of cottage cheese off-set the bacon on the sandwich). First things first – order room service, then unpack. By the time room service arrived, we were ready to relax, eat and let the vacation begin. While Hubby varied his selection and Kiddo picked something from the child’s menu, I always had the chicken club. Don’t ask me why – it’s just one of those creature of habit deals. (So was rearranging the furniture in the hotel room, but that’s a whole other issue).
Now that we are home-bodies, I still like a good Chicken Club every now and again. Sometimes I’ll stick one of those frilly toothpick into the sandwich, just to give it that “room service” touch. The addition of a spicy mayo and warm chicken meat seasoned with smokey Mesquite seasoning elevates my home version to a whole new dimension.
Chicken Club Sandwich with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Ingredients – Chipotle Mayo
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Chipotle Seasoning
¼ Teaspoon Lime Juice
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, whisk to blend well. Chill until ready to use. The longer the mixture is allowed to chill, the more the flavors will blend for a delicious spread. Save any remaining spread for later use – it’s great on burgers or just about any sandwich for a bit of flair.
Ingredients – Chicken Club Sandwich
1 Rotisserie Chicken from the deli
Mesquite Seasoning to taste
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 Cup Chicken Stock
1 Cup Mayonnaise or Chipotle Mayo (recipe above)
12 Thick Slices of Bacon, cooked crisp
12 Slices of Italian bread or Soft Sour Dough Bread
Pick up your chicken a few days in advance. It’s easier to work with a cold chicken. Place the Rotisserie Chicken on a cutting board. Remove all the skin from the breast. Remove and discard the wings. With a knife, cut chicken breast meat from the bone and set aside. Cut the thighs and legs from the body, then break them apart. Remove the skin from the dark meat. Chop all the chicken meat into chunks. Spread out on the cutting board and sprinkle with Mesquite Seasoning. Using your hands, rub the seasoning into the meat.
Place a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Melt a little butter into the skillet. Add the chicken meat. Moisten with Chicken Stock and heat until just warm. Keep warm until ready to assemble sandwiches.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Cut strips in half. Divide for 4 sandwiches and set aside.
Toast 4 slices of bread, place on individual plates. Place 4 more slices of bread into toaster.
Spread mayonnaise or Chipotle Mayo on first slices of toasted bread. Top with chicken.
Spread mayonnaise or Chipotle Mayo on second slices of toast and place spread side down on top of chicken.
Place remaining 4 slices of bread into toaster. Spread additional mayonnaise or Chipotle Mayo on second slice of bread (both sides are coated). Place bacon on top of second slice.
Top bacon with sliced tomato and lettuce leaf. Spread mayonnaise or Chipotle Mayo on final slice of toast, place on top of sandwich. Press down LIGHTLY and cut sandwich in half diagonally. If desired, secure each half with a toothpick.
Serve with a dill pickle spear, a side of fries or a scoop of deli potato salad.
Note: For less bread, simply eliminate the center slice. Pile on the chicken, the bacon, lettuce and tomato – it’s still a filling sandwich!