Grilled Chicken Ciabatta


½ red onion, thinly sliced
6 rashers of streaky bacon
2 skinless chicken breasts
1 tomato, sliced
4 slices of buffalo mozzarella
cos lettuce
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. paprika
salt and black pepper, to taste
1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
a drizzle of olive oil
2 tbsp. wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 ciabatta rolls

Grilled Chicken Ciabatta

This is Guy Food – the kind of sandwich you make when your best mate comes over for lunch.


  • Place the skinless chicken breasts in a bowl.
  • Add a small glug of olive oil, lemon juice, paprika and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Combine with your hands, making sure that the chicken is completely covered.
  • Pop in the fridge and leave for about an hour.
  • Heat a non-stick pan, add the marinated chicken, and fry until cooked through – about 10 minutes a side.
  • While the chicken is cooking, put the bacon on a baking tray and grill in a hot oven until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  • Keep the chicken and bacon warm.
  • Slice the ciabatta rolls in half.
  • Heat a griddle pan and add a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Once the griddle pan is hot, place the ciabattas inside and toast the insides until griddle lines have formed – do these in batches if necessary.
  • While the bread is still hot, take the halved garlic and rub it onto the insides of the rolls.
  • Grab two plates and put half a garlicky ciabatta onto each, then build your sandwich.
  • Start with a layer of cos lettuce, followed by mozzarella, red onion and sliced tomato.
  • Next, cut the grilled chicken into strips and place on top of the tomato.
  • Combine the mayonnaise and mustard and generously drizzle it over the chicken.
  • Season to taste, and then place the crispy bacon on top.
  • Close them up with the other two halved ciabattas, cut in half and serve with ice-cold beer.


For the health conscious guy, replace the ciabatta with rye bread and leave out the bacon.