Hot and Spicy Cookbook - Super-Duper Chicken Sandwich

Book: Hot and Spicy
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781863960489
ASIN: 1863960481
Release Date: 31st May 1996
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Zowie! This sandwich, a main dinner in itself, is a mouth-watering melange of taste sensations! True, it takes longer to construct than a bog standard cheese and tomato, but the efforts (somewhat fiddly at times) are well worth it in the long run.

The recipe comes with guacamole and hot caramelised red onion accompaniments, both of which can be made beforehand, and in addition the red pepper needs first grilling, then skinning, then frying. So the final result requires a modicum of planning and timing but persevere with it and you will be rewarded.

The guacamole recipe is somewhat unconventional. No lime (lemon used instead), no tomato and no onion. Fresh parsley is added to add a little bitterness and plenty of Tabasco to provide its sharpness. However, since there is intrinsic sweetness in the red onions (along with a whole red chilli!) it all works together.

The build goes like this: bread, guacamole (used instead of butter), watercress, chicken, red pepper, red onions caramelised, and if you can manage it, another thick slice of bread on top. Scrummy!

The full recipe is available online on the Australian Women's Weekly web site

Changes from Published Recipe

I halved the ingredients for the chicken and the marinade and it worked well - hardly surprising since no cooking was involved :) I did however elect to make the full quantities of the guacamole and the caramelised red onions since I thought they'd get used up some time during the week! The recipe suggests white bread. Nay, nay and thrice nay! Being a white bread free zone, I switched to Tesco Farmhouse loaf which I thought suited the recipe better anyway.

One item in the marinade was 'seasoned pepper' - a concept new to me! This is something not available off the shelf in the UK, and since I didn't fancy making it from scratch, I ground some mixed peppercorns using a pestle and mortar.