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Skill Shop #4: How to Jazz Up a Chicken Sandwich

Ok, two things before i start. 1: yes, you read that correctly, i used the word “jazz” in my title. How very old of me. 2: yes, i know, chicken again? Well it’s your fault, i keep getting messages asking for Chicken recipes, i guess because it is probably one of the most accessible meats; so if you’ve been paying attention (you probably haven’t -  i don’t blame you), the last 3 recipes used Chicken as the main ingredient, because i like things to come in Threes. Yes i am OC.

I promise not to mention, type, write or talk about Chicken for the next 2 weeks at least!

Moving on, after my Salad rant, the logical progression was a rant about Sandwiches. It’s simple really, sandwiches are probably the most portable, convenient food to eat, but when done wrong, they are terrible and unappealing. Take the old chicken club sandwich, how many times have you ordered it in different restaurants and get fantastic to mediocre results? Sandwiches are easy, and just like a blank canvass, allow you to be creative with it. Add some fruits, veggies, cooking techinques, egg (it changes everything), etc.. Choose the perfect bread texture and most importantly HAVE THE PERFECT BALANCE OF BREAD AND FILLING. 70-60% FILLING. 30-40% BREAD.

Pound the chicken breast until its the same size all round, wrap in thin bacon or pancetta, salt and pepper. Fry in Filippo Berrio Olive oil and garlic. Stew down some Figs and Onions on low heat with 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar. Mix some yogurt with lots of chopped dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper, Filippo Berrio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Fry an egg. Empty out your bread until your happy that there is not too much bread. Combine it all together, using cream cheese as the base sauce, then stacking all the other ingredients, finishing up with some lettuce and the egg.

74 COMMENTS

    1. glenz June 7, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Wahaaww!

      I love this Chicken sandwich. I’ll try this one, promissee! :)

      Thanks for this. :)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

        please do!

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    1. Danielle Alamares June 7, 2012 at 5:24 am

      “Nakakalaway” as usual!! Can you share a salmon recipe next time? Please? :-)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

        i will soon!

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        1. Danielle Alamares June 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

          Excited for that! Can’t wait!! :-)

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          1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

            yay!

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    1. Danielle Alamares June 7, 2012 at 5:28 am

      Shouldn’t this be Skill Shop # 4? Your # 3 was the salad. :-)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

        thanks ;)

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    1. abbyfusilero June 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

      Erwan, can you “jazz” up some of our Filipino dishes e.g. adobo, tinola, isda na paksiw and the likes! Thank you :-)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

        i’d only do that if i think i can do it better. I’m not a fan of fusion.

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        1. abbyfusilero June 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

          I see! Anyway, I made this one last night but used my left-over chicken adobo instead! Thanks for the recipe :-)

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    1. Chabangbang June 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Hi Erwan, do you have alternatives for the fig? :) This looks so good by the way. :)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

        apples?

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    1. Fats Catacutan June 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Can’t wait to try this out of the box chicken sandwich!! :) thanks!

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

        yay!!!

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    1. pauline June 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      hi there! uhm i was wondering where i can buy the figs? i cant wait to try this sandwich! thanks! :)

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

        a supermarket?

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    1. Josephine McIver June 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Erwan! I stumbled upon your blog and I must say, I am now a HUGE fan! I’ve been posting links to your videos on my FB wall because I want everyone I know to “discover” you as I have. I’m a bit of a foodie and you are a breath of fresh air! So unpretentious and your love and understanding of food is so apparent. Your tagline says it all “Sometimes healthy. Sometimes fatty. Always happy.” I really dig that. BTW, tried your Garbanzo Stew early this week and it was a hit with the fam and my FB friends. Going to try the chicken sandwich for brunch this weekend. And oh yes – let’s not forget the Tres Leches cake!

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:00 am

        Hi Josephine, thank you so much for reading and watching! im so glad you tried my recipe! i’ll work on some more! what else would you like to see! Best!

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    1. Mich June 9, 2012 at 5:42 am

      Hi Erwan! Can you share some healthy noodle soup recipes? (like chicken noodle soup, beef wanton noodle soup, etc) I really love those but I don’t know how to make them. Thank you! :)

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:01 am

        i’ll make a Pho soon!!!!

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    1. cath ocampo June 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Checking your blog everyday! :”) Looking forward for more cooking recipe and sessions.Thank you for inspiring people to have a healthy lifestyle :))

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:02 am

        haha thanks! i post every 2-3 days :)

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    1. cath ocampo June 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Checking your blog everyday! :”)Looking forward for more cooking recipe and sessions. Thank you for inspiring people to have a healthy lifestyle.:D

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    1. Venice Naval June 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

      This looks so YUMMY! Surely gonna try this one :D

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

        let me know how it turns out!

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        1. Venice Naval June 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

          I’ve tried it already, and it turned out really delicious. My friends liked it very much. Thanks for the recipe :) Oh! Can I just ask, when is Ms. Anne getting back here in the Philippines? I really miss seeing her on it’s showtime hehe

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          1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

            That’s great. Tomorrow!

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    1. Luigi June 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      This meal is hefty. I’ll try this soon. Great recipe! (Thumbs up) :)

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

        yup its a big boy meal

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        1. Luigi June 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

          I’m a big boy though :))

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    1. josh June 10, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Ugh, will make one but without the bacon!!!! haha

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      1. Jake Idris June 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        I was also kind of baffled with the bacon because I thought it was supposed to be a really healthy snack. But then he admitted towards the end that its not really super healthy. So I guess, it can be a cheat food. Haha

        BTW, Erwan, will mustard sauce ruin the overall taste? I’m wondering if I could add some. I love mustard on sandwiches.

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        1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:56 am

          bacon is actually not too bad for you :) especially after a tough workout, it has a good fat/protein mix. But make sure you get quality bacon, not that the frozen crap you find in supermarkets

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:04 am

        haha bacon isnt bad for you, just dont buy the supermarket one, buy it straight from the butcher

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        1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:04 am

          and make sure its after a hard workout! great protein

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          1. josh June 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

            Oh, cool! NOTED! Thanks

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    1. guillermojose June 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Geez, Erwan. I wonder how you manage to enjoy great food while you stay fit. Well, actually I know how. But I personally find it quite challenging. Being a food blogger has its own downside, I must say. Haha! Happy blogging! :-)

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:50 am

        i love your blog!
        i know what you mean, thats why i kill myself on the fitness side haha!

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    1. bethflores0126 June 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Hello! If I’m going to try this with apples, should I caramelized it also with the onions? & where did you buy the bread? Thank u

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:56 am

        yup do it all together :)
        L’Artizan

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    1. bethflores0126 June 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Hello!
      If I’m going to use apples, should I caramelized it also with onions? & where do you buy those bread?

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    1. Chris Belison June 14, 2012 at 5:51 am

      Tried this for lunch today and all I can say is WOW. I definitely have a new favorite sandwich! Thanks for this recipe and for being one of my inspirations for getting into shape. From 310lbs (November 2011), I’m down to 248lbs. No shortcuts; just discipline and hard work! I feel great and I can’t wait to shed off more weight!

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    1. JayLOferrer June 14, 2012 at 6:38 am

      u can give Jaime Oliver a run for his money!.. can u feature a nice tuna sandwich naman?..

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    1. robie cruz June 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

      hi erwan! your sandwich is a one complete meal.. tried it minus the sour cream-dill dressing (instead i put yogurt-mayo-etc), still tastes good.. you should have your own show on tv.. keep it up! :)

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      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Thanks bud yup that works too

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    1. Inez June 26, 2012 at 4:22 am

      Hi!

      Sorry, i didn’t get the brand of cream cheese you like. What was it again?

      Thanks :) nice site by the way :)

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

        kiri

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    1. bethflores0126 June 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Hello chef!
      Done with this recipe! It’s so good & sobrang nakakabusog! even my son liked it, Thank u very much, next will be the super easy burger…

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

        im so glad, thank you!

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    1. MARIELLA S, BRIZUELA July 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

      HI, Good day ERWAN! Can you please do a healthier genre of cheesecake for sometime or any pastry. Your website motivates me to change my lifestyle in a healthier way and go back into track to become slim again.
      THANKS GREAT HELP!

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:55 am

        im not a fan of cheesecake and any kind of pastry is quite vague haha

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    1. elvira July 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      looks yummy! my problem is, finding the ingredients (esp. the fig), like most of your recipes. where do you go for groceries ba?

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:18 am

        rustans :)

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    1. G-net July 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

      Hi Erwan!

      Love your recipes but I loooooooooovvvvvee your music!!! Who’s the artist and what album?

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:00 am

        ill start posting them soon

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    1. jared August 8, 2012 at 4:31 am

      Erwan, If you can also show some pesto recipes… Thanks… continue cooking and blogging man!

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      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

        pretty simple basil + pine nuts + olive oil + garlic + mash together. have a look online :)

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    1. Rachel September 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Whoaaa.. Yummy!

      I’ll try this one!

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    1. Mia September 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      I just tried cooking this dish kanina and we love it!! Omg! I wish you’d do more breakfast dishes, the easy to prepare ones but healthy and yummy!
      Thanks! You’re such an inspiration to a healthy way of eating!

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      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:03 am

        I’m so happy thanks!

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    1. Joyce October 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Just recently, I fell inlove with your blog.
      And I’m also dying to know the background song here in this video… :)

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      1. Erwan October 3, 2012 at 2:00 am

        Sooooo long ago haha :)

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    1. Jake October 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I’ll be doing this tomorrow for my baon! :)
      With some modifications because I can’t find some of the ingredients in the grocery.

      - no figs
      - onions chives instead of dill
      - prepared sour cream instead of yogurt + lemon

      I hope this works out fine…

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      1. Erwan October 31, 2012 at 7:54 am

        how was it?

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    1. Jake October 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Failed. Focaccia’s too soft. :/

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      1. Erwan October 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

        amen

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    1. @FakeJakeShakes November 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Tried it again… still couldn’t find that firm sourdough rye bread I always use for sandwiches. But this lechon baboy bread from our neighborhood bakery was ok. Figs and dill were still not available in major groceries that I’ve been to today. The yogurt-lemon-olive oil-onion springs sauce was nice considering I really don’t like yogurt.

      Here’s a pic. I hope you like it. Haha!http://instagram.com/p/RkO37KTC_M/

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      1. Erwan November 20, 2012 at 2:57 am

        awesome thanks for that!

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    1. jan November 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Im sure that im gona try this one after runa n swim!!!! Thank God i visited ths site.. Was just actually reading your tweets! Thanks for sharing, erwan!!!! Seriously thisll help

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      1. Erwan November 20, 2012 at 3:28 am

        thank you!

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    1. Cess December 16, 2012 at 5:06 am

      Thank you for this recipe, Erwan! This is something I could prepare for my boyfriend… :))) Can’t wait for other awesome recipes!

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    1. JACQUELINE February 23, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Thank you, Erwan! This looks yummy! I will try to do this. A definite step up to the typical chicken sandwich.

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      1. Erwan February 28, 2014 at 6:45 am

        Awesome

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