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Can I let you in on a little secret? Just between you and I? Oh good, I knew I could trust you. :) Sometimes I cheat. Yes, I cheat. Sometimes, instead of cooking my own chicken, I buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store instead. This cheating usually only occurs after a trip to Costco, after I’ve walked by their display of fresh ginormous rotisserie chickens that smell amazing. Somehow a chicken always ends up in my cart! But that’s okay, because there are a million bazillion things you can do with a rotisserie chicken…. like these Chipotle Chicken Club Sandwiches.
So what makes this sandwich a “chipotle” flavored sandwich? It’s all in the mayo, my friends. I decided to whip up some homemade chipotle mayo which turned out just perfect. And it’s quick. Just a few ingredients thrown in the blender and mixed for a few seconds yields tremendous flavor. The spicy chipotle mayo combined with rotisserie chicken, crisp bacon, leaf lettuce, and tomato, then grilled = one super-de-dooper sandwich, ideal for a quick meal!
One additional element that really helped make this a standout sandwich is the bread. I’m all about homemade bread, but sometimes there’s just not time for that. For this sandwich you’ll want to use a crusty type bread, one that stands up well to grilling. I found these amazing Torta rolls while I was at Costco and they were absolutely perfect for this sandwich! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, like I said, perfect!
Let’s talk for a minute about the chipotle mayo. To make this tasty sandwich spread, you’ll need to purchase chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It’s a mouthful, but found quite easily in your grocery store, usually in the same aisle where they sell hispanic foods. They typically come in a small can. For this recipe, you just need one of the little peppers, maybe even less. I used one pepper and some of the sauce and it was just the perfect amount of heat for me, but I like heat! If you don’t like things too spicy, I’d err on the side of caution, and use 1/2 of a pepper, taste it, and then add more if you’d like it a little spicier.
So what could possibly make these sandwiches better? Avocado slices would be a no-brainer addition to this sandwich, however, my grocery store didn’t have any that were perfectly ripe and ready to eat. :( Next time I’m going to try making the chipotle sauce with greek yogurt, instead of mayo, to lighten things up. It’s definitely beyond delicious as-is, but sometimes it’s also fun to try and lighten up a recipe.
CHIPOTLE MAYO INGREDIENTS
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (not the whole can- just 1 pepper from the can!)
- 1/2-1 tablespoon sauce from the can
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Dash of salt
- Dash of pepper
- Rotisserie chicken
- Leaf lettuce
- Tomato slices
- Chipotle Mayo
- 2 pieces of crisp, cooked bacon per sandwich
- Crusty bread (I used Torta Rolls made by LaBrea Bakery and sold at Costco)
- Pepper-jack cheese (optional)
- Avocado slices (optional)
- Sliced red onion (optional)
- Begin by making the chipotle mayo. In a food processor or blender (I used my blender) combine 1 chipotle pepper (less if you don’t like things too spicy), and about 1/2-1 tablespoon of sauce from the can with 1/2 cup mayo, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and a dash each of salt and pepper. Blend until you have a smooth consistency.
- Heat a griddle or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- Spread about 1/2 tablespoon chipotle mayo on the top and bottom portion of the roll. Add as much chicken as you’d like, two slices of cooked bacon, and cheese (optional).
- Place the sandwich on the heated griddle or grill pan and toast the sandwich for a few minutes on each side, or until the bread is toasted well.
- Remove the sandwich from the grill pan and add fresh lettuce and tomato.
- To make the sandwich look fancy, cut the sandwich in half on an angle and serve immediately.