Crispy Chicken Sandwich Topped with a Fried Egg, Prosciutto and Spinach-Garlic Aioli

by feastonthecheap on July 18, 2011

Mariel here. When I was little, an announcement of “breakfast-for-dinner” elicited unanimous cheers from me and my two bros who were certain that my mother’s fancy pants dinners were some sort of cosmic punishment for fibbing about brushing our teeth or walking McDuff. Scrambled eggs and bacon was the closest my mom got to serving us fast food; dad took us south of the border for a little Taco Bell from time to time, but for the most part, our childhood meals were plucked straight from a catering menu.

As a grownup, I now know that breakfast-for-dinner wasn’t a loving concession but a well-orchestrated cop-out. Most pre-10AM treats take a hot minute to prepare and they’re always crowd-pleasers. Show me the person who flips off Cinnamon French Toast or Apple Pie Pancakes; who thumbs her nose at Eggs Benedict or a plate piled high with Hash Browns. That person doesn’t exist…and if they do, we don’t need to meet.

For this month’s installment of Secret Recipe Club – SRC, as it’s known in the biz – I was sent to From the Bookshelf: a fantastic blog that plumbs the pages of classic cookbooks and adapts them into NYC-friendly creations. As I was perusing the site, I came across a recipe for a delightful breakfast sandwich that reworks this corner bodega favorite into something more gourmet by using pancetta in lieu of bacon, thick ciabatta bread and a zippy homemade aioli.

Inspired by From the Bookshelf‘s rendition, I decided to blow the doors off the thing and put the “dinner” back in “breakfast-for-dinner.” I topped Crispy Oven-Baked Panko Chicken with a fried egg, crackly prosciutto and a Spinach-Garlic Aioli that’ll knock your socks right out of your Tevas. If you grew up where I grew up, there used to be a local deli called Chubby’s that served something similar: the suspiciously-named “Chubber,” which was handcrafted to keep you full for hours. This won’t win any nutrition awards, but it’ll cure a hangover and slap the smirk right off your Monday blues….unless you’re a vegetarian that is. In that case, look away.

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Crispy Chicken Sandwich Topped with a Fried Egg, Prosciutto and Spinach-Garlic Aioli
Serves 2

Ingredients for the Aioli (makes about 2/3-cup worth, which is more than you need for this):
3 cloves of garlic – stock
Pinch of salt – stock
Handful of fresh spinach – $2.50
1 egg yolk at room temp – stock
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice – stock
2/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil – stock

Ingredients for the Crispy Chicken:
2 thin chicken cutlets, rinsed and patted dry – $3.00
2 big pinches of salt, divided – stock
2 big pinches of pepper, divided – stock
2 big pinches of chili powder, divided – stock
½ teaspoon of honey – stock
1 egg, lightly beaten – stock
1 garlic clove, smashed or minced – stock
¼ -cup whole wheat or white flour – stock
¾-cups Panko bread crumbs (or crushed corn flakes/Wheaties/Total) – $1.89

Rest of the Ingredients:
2 eggs – stock
2 pieces of thinly sliced proscuitto – $1.50
2 soft rolls – $1.00
Grand total assuming “well-stocked” kitchen: $9.89
Cost per sammie: $4.94

Directions for the Aioli:
1. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the spinach, garlic and salt. Pulse 5-6 times until diced. Add the yolk and lemon juice and pulse on and off until blended. Turn the food processor on, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until your aioli is thick and creamy, about 1 minute. Scoop into a small bowl and chill in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Directions for the Crispy Chicken:
1. Sprinkle the rinsed and dried cutlets with a pinch of pepper, salt and chili powder – season it evenly. Set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line the bottom of the oven with tinfoil to catch crumbs. You’ll see why.

3. Grab three shallow dishes. In one dish, place the flour sprinkled with a little chili powder, pepper and salt. In another dish, pour the panko crumbs and season with a dash of salt, pepper and chili powder. In a third dish, pour in the lightly beaten egg and mix with the honey and garlic clove.

5. Dredge each cutlet in flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip the cutlet in the egg and let it drip for a sec. Then roll the cutlet in the breadcrumb mixture and place the tenders on a clean plate.

6. Bake the cutlets directly on your oven rack – yep, really – for 15-18 minutes depending on thickness of the meat. If you’d rather not bake directly on your oven rack, cook on a wire rack used for baking. Either way, make sure the bottom is lined with tinfoil to catch crumbs (as I mentioned earlier). Set aside.

Directions for the Rest:
1. Place the prosciutto on a small baking sheet and bake at 450 for 7-8 minutes. Set aside.

2. In a large skillet, spritz a little Pam or smear on a little butter/olive oil and fry your eggs over a medium-high flame according to how you like your yolks. I suggest slightly runny, but that’s just me. Once they’re done, remove from heat immediately.

3. To assemble your sandwich (since layering is crucial and affects what hits your tongue first), slice your roll, smear the bottom half with 1-2 Tablespoons of Aioli, then pile on the crispy chicken followed by the prosciutto, your fried egg then the top of the roll. Enjoy!



{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa~~ July 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

That is one gorgeous looking sandwich.

I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

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Blog is the New Black July 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

Ladies- this looks amazing! And yours pics have been extra stunning lately, FYI! ;)

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feastonthecheap July 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Ooh, Thanks LIz!

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Andrea @ From the Bookshelf July 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Glad you found a recipe you liked! This was my first time and I was very nervous! Love the idea of the added chicken!

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cooking rookie July 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Wonderful sandwich! So msny layers, each and every one looking great and the combination must be super-yummy :-)

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amanda @ fake ginger July 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

That looks seriously delicious – like something you’d find in a restaurant!

I wish my family got excited about breakfast for dinner. My husband wants “real” food at night, not breakfast. What a party pooper!

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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray July 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Holy cow that looks good. Might make it for dinner tonight! ;)

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Shelby July 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Wow, I am not a big egg fan, but this looks absolutely amazing and I would even be willing to try it!

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Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } July 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

We use to have breakfast dinners when we were little, so I agree with your excitement. This sandwich looks absolutely divine. I just wish I had one in front of me right now. :-)

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Jennifer (Savor) July 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Dang, you picked a good one!! Lovin the SRC

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Trisha July 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm

You’ve got me hungry and longing for one of these sandwiches. This is my first time here and definitely wont be my last! Glad to visit here through SRC!

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feastonthecheap July 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

So glad you found us Trisha! Let us know if you ever have any questions. Cheers! M & M

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Cookin' Canuck July 19, 2011 at 12:25 am

Breakfast-for-dinner is a favorite in our house, too. I love everything about this sandwich, from the fried egg to the prosciutto.

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Melanie July 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

“it’ll cure a hangover” Love it! It absolutely is perfect hangover food. I love your writing style too! What a great post.

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SMITH BITES July 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

yeah, i’d be cheering if this was on my plate – breakfast, lunch or dinner!! wowzuh!

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Maria July 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

What a delish sandwich!

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Jeanette July 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

What a decadent sandwich – nice pick for SRC, what fun!

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Kate@Diethood July 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I.Love.IT! That is one amazing samwich!!!

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Kelly July 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

This looks fantastic! What a great blog you have! xoxo

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Rhonda July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Perfect summer fare, looks fabulous! If it has garlic & prosciutto, I’m hooked!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

fabulous! Great looking sandwich! I want a bite!

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Amanda July 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hey girl! This is a beautiful post! Love the pictures, can’t say I’ve ever had an egg sandwich with egg, but you make it look totally delish!

Also, I noticed that you have last month’s blog hop on here. Drop me an email and I will send you the correct code :) thanks!

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Amy @ A Little Nosh July 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

OMG, my mouth is watering!

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marla July 31, 2011 at 12:53 am

So many wonderful parts to this sandwich. That spinach garlic aioli has me so intrigued. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

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Elle August 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I’m all over the fried egg on this!

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Lean the drink August 15, 2011 at 6:17 am

Must make chicken and egg mmm

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Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy August 15, 2011 at 7:51 am

Sounds like an amazing sandwich!

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Heather Ellicott December 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Looks so good that if wasn’t almost 10PM, I might just make one

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Cheap Recipe Blog December 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Yum! I love fried egg on anything. I bet it tastes amazing with the spinach/garlic aioli. Thanks for posting!

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