How to make the ultimate club sandwich – A double decker toasted sandwich with crispy bacon, succulent chicken, lettuce, tomato and delicious homemade mayonnaise.
I’ve decided that in future I really should check the weather forecast before I decide what I’m going to post. It’s currently 27ºC outside (which I know isn’t high compared to some places but it definitely feels hot to me) and all I can think about is ice cream. However, at the weekend when I planned out this post and took the pictures it wasn’t nearly as warm and this ultimate club sandwich was the perfect indulgent lunch. If all you’re in the mood for is a lolly or ice cold drink then make sure you bookmark/pin this for when the weather changes and you need an amazing sandwich to cheer you up 🙂
What makes the perfect club sandwich?
A traditional club sandwich consists of toasted bread, filled with mayonnaise, chicken breast, bacon, lettuce and tomato. There’s usually an extra slice of toast in the middle to make it double-decker (and therefore a bit more fancy and indulgent).
I’ve seen (and tried) a lot of different variations on the club sandwich over the years and I guess opinions will differ about what makes the best, but here’s my thoughts…
- You must use toast – it’s just not the same with bread.
- Don’t bother with fancy, crusty bread – in my opinion the soft, supermarket bread (thick sliced) works best. Eating a triple decker sandwich can be tricky enough (especially for someone dainty like me), crusty bread presents an unnecessary additional challenge. Also, the fact that the bread is toasted gives it a lovely crunchy texture, hard crusts are just unnecessary.
- Just bacon, chicken, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise – I’ve see people trying to sneak all sort of other bits and pieces in before like cheese or a fried egg. Not for me.
- It must be served warm – Freshly made toast and hot chicken and bacon (no need to heat the lettuce though!).
- Use large pieces of chicken and bacon – otherwise it’ll end up falling out into your lap rather than staying in your sandwich where it should be.
- Use homemade mayonnaise – because it just tastes nicer.
I know some people have an opinion about how to make up each of the layers and which should go where. In my opinion go for whatever you think looks prettiest. I choose to put the chicken and lettuce on one layer and the bacon and tomato on the other, but that’s just me.
What do you think?
The Ultimate Club Sandwich
Makes 1 delicious double decker sandwich.
- >Three slices thick sliced white bread
- Three rashers unsmoked streaky bacon
- Three chicken breast mini fillets (or half a chicken breast cut into strips)
- 1 tomato (I use vine tomatoes as I find they are juicier and have more flavour)
- 2 lettuce leaves (I use round lettuce)
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise – I prefer to make my own but you can also use ready made.
The exact method you choose to make this sandwich is up to you. The only important thing to remember is to time it so that the chicken, bacon and toast are hot and ready to eat at the same time.
- Make your mayonnaise (if you’re not using ready-made)
- Cook your chicken and bacon – I like to bake mine at 220ºC/200ºC for about 15 minutes until the bacon is crisp and the chicken is thoroughly cooked. The cooking time for the chicken will vary according to how thick the pieces are. If you’re oven cooking, check it after 10 minutes and put if back in for longer until it is piping hot all the way through. You can also grill or fry the chicken and bacon if you prefer.
- Toast your bread.
- Slice the tomato.
- Build your sandwich – Spread mayonnaise on a slice of toast, add two of your fillings (I go for the chicken and lettuce), add another slice of toast, spread with mayonnaise, add the remaining fillings, top with the final slice of toast.
Calories: 812 kcal (41%), Fat: 34.7g (50%), Saturated Fat: 7.4g (37%), Carbohydrates: 68.7g (26%), Sugar: 8.0g (9%), Fibre: 4.8g (20%), Protein: 55.1g (110%), Salt: 3.1g (51%)
OK, so it’s not the healthiest sandwich on the planet. If you’re trying to cut the calories, fat or salt then consider one of these options…
- Scrap the double decker and only use two slices of toast.
- Cut down on the amount of chicken and bacon (if you switch to a single decker then you won’t need as much meat to fill it).
- Use ready-made low fat mayonnaise
If you’d like to know the estimated nutritional information making one of these adjustments (or similar) then let me know in the comments and I’ll work it out for you.
This is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.