The Most Incredible Club Sandwich

  • serves 2
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

You can buy saffron at upscale grocery stores and spice shops. It's quite expensive but you only need a tiny amount. Keep it in an airtight container in your spice drawer or cupboard. Regular side bacon can be substituted for the pancetta. This is a great recipe to use up leftover roasted chicken breasts. Yield is 2 servings.

9 Ratings
Directions for: The Most Incredible Club Sandwich


Saffron Aioli

1 to 2 cloves garlic

pinch salt

1 egg yolk

2 tsp lemon juice

pinch saffron

pinch cayenne

½ cup vegetable oil


4 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

Coarse salt

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

4 thin slices pancetta

6 slices good-quality, whole grain bread, grilled

Saffron Aioli

2 roasted chicken breasts, halved lengthwise

Several leaves arugula


Saffron Aioli

1. Crush garlic and place in a food processor.

2. Add salt, egg yolk, lemon juice, saffron and cayenne.

3. Pulse to combine ingredients.

4. With the machine on add the vegetable oil in a steady stream through spout of the food processor until mixture is smooth and thickened.

5. Store, covered in the refrigerator, until ready to use.


1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. In a medium bowl, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil and garlic.

4. Put tomatoes, skin side down, on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

5. Sprinkle them with salt.

6. Roast them in the oven until the tomatoes have a dark brown colour but should not be burnt, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

7. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme and set aside to cool.

8. Heat a grill on medium heat.

9. Lightly grill the pancetta until golden and only slightly crisp, about 1 minute per side.

10. Assemble each sandwich by spreading some aioli on a slice of bread, then stacking on top a piece of chicken, 2 slices pancetta, another slice of bread, 2 tomato halves, another piece of chicken, some arugula and a final slice of bread.

11. Cut the sandwich into diagonal quarters.

See more: Rice/Grain, North American, Vegetables, Roast, Poultry, Lunch, Eggs/Dairy, Pork, Chicken, Dinner


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