Ciabatta Melts with Chicken, Bacon & Pepper Jack are delicious sandwiches that are easy to make and are sure to be a hit!  It’s a classic sandwich you could get at your local bistro or café style restaurant, and I thought, why not try making it at home?  It has warm, crusty ciabatta bread that is filled with juicy chicken, crispy bacon, spicy, melted cheese, and tender veggies.  The sandwich tastes light and won’t leave you feeling too full.  You can’t go wrong with a warm sandwich on ciabatta!

The recipe can be found here.

Start by baking the ciabatta bread according to package instructions.  Set the bread aside to cool.  Also prepare the bacon according to package instructions and remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the grease.  Set the bacon aside.

Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.  Use a grill or grill pan to cook the chicken on each side for 7-8 minutes or until cooked through and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

While the chicken cooks, prepare the bell pepper and onion by slicing into thin strips.  Use a nonstick pan to cook the vegetables over low heat until soft, about 7-8 minutes.  I like to use nonstick, so I don’t have to add butter or oil and make the sandwich greasier.  Set the cooked veggies aside.

Slice the ciabatta in half, both across and lengthwise, to create 2 sandwiches.  If you double the recipe, use a full loaf of ciabatta vs a half loaf.  Spread mayo on each slice (use as much or as little as you like).

Add one slice of pepper jack cheese to each piece of bread (use a total of 4 slices).  Fold and tear the cheese so it fits on the bread as needed.  I’d rather have the extra cheese on the sandwich and not the pan!  Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 250-degree F oven for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese and re-warm the bread.

Remove from the oven and top with bacon, chicken, and a scoop of veggies.  Top each sandwich and serve warm.  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

You could make this sandwich in a panini press as well.  Or perhaps assemble the sandwich, wrap in foil, and reheat in the oven to warm all ingredients through, mostly because the bacon and ciabatta will have cooled a bit while you prepared the other ingredients.  You can also customize the ingredients to your liking, try adding some lettuce or spinach, substitute cheddar or gouda cheese, add a slice of Canadian bacon, etc.  You won’t be disappointed with this sandwich!

Happy Cooking!

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