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Monster brunch open sambal sandwich

by Ben Ford September 28, 2017

Monster brunch open sambal sandwich

We’ve all woken up on a weekend somewhere between breakfast and not quite late enough to go back to the pub lunch. Hungry, tired, in need of something that will bridge the gap of two meals adequately. If you are feeling a little bit naughty then may I suggest a Monster Brunch Toasted Sambal Sandwich as the perfect stop between late morning and learning that your team has been hammered 5 – 0. When you are full of despair and regret for pledging your allegiances to a bunch of overpaid, over preened millionaires late on Saturday afternoon you will always be able to think back to better, tastier times when you remember how only this morning you got away with eating this bad boy….

You can use either Sambal Ulek for real fire or our signature sambal for a mild blast of Asian flavour.

Ingredients for 2

1 large chicken breast, diced into bite size chunks
4 to 5 chestnut mushrooms, washed thoroughly and sliced
2 slices of ciabatta (substitute favourite bread here)
50g grated mature cheddar
4 tbsp Olive oil if using ciabatta
1 ½ tbsp of signature sambal / sambal ulek



Put the diced chicken in a bowl with the sambal of your choice and give it a good coating. If you can wait, allow to marinade for 30 minutes before cooking.

When ready to cook heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.  When the oil has warmed up place the ciabatta in the pan and toast it on both sides for about 1 minute each side (it will go golden). Add more olive oil if necessary. Remove from pan and set aside.

If using regular bread you can still pan fry in olive oil or just pop it in your toaster.

Turn your grill on.

Still on a medium heat cook the diced chicken in a little oil for about 7 minutes, until the chicken has taken colour on all sides. When it has coloured, add the mushrooms to the pan, and cook for a further 3 – 4 minutes turning once or twice. Check the chicken is cooed through. 

chicken with sambal ulek

Whilst the mushrooms are cooking spread mayo over one side of each ciabatta piece. You can add more sambal to the mayo if you really want to.

toasted ciabatta

Assemble your monster. A little cheese at the base, a few mushrooms, chicken pieces, few more mushrooms, grated cheese on top. Pop it under the grill until the cheese has melted. Eat with no immediate regrets. 


Ben Ford
Ben Ford


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