A Texas-sized sandwich is must at any football game. This Chicken Stack Sandwich is, of course, a Houston favorite at football games.
Almost every stadium has a signature dish. Some are crazy like the Churro Dog for the Arizona Diamondbacks (not football, I know), the Pack & Cheese for the Green Bay Packers, Seafood Nachos for the New Orleans Saints, or the Chicken Stack Sandwich for the Houston Texans.
This is my copycat version of the Chicken Stack Sandwich and it is to-die-for!! Let me just say for the record that candied bacon should be on every single burger PERIOD! It is probably the best thing ever, so don’t skip it. No regular bacon won’t work. No maple bacon won’t work. Take the extra 2-3 minutes and make the darn bacon.
Chicken Stack Sandwich
- 8 slices thick bacon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tsps garlic powder
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 1 cup baby arugula
- 4 ciabatta rolls
- salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F and grill to medium high heat. Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with tin foil and set aside.
- On a large plate, place brown sugar and spread across the whole plate. Take one slice of bacon and dip both sides into the brown sugar and then place on the prepared cookie sheet. Continue until all bacon is fully coated in brown sugar. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Watch it closely around the 15 minute mark as the sugar will burn fast if you aren't careful.
- Season each chicken breast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Grill for about 6 minutes per side , add a slice of cheese to each piece of chicken and let melt for a minute before removing from heat and keep warm under a tin foil tent.
- Meanwhile, prepare the cranberry mayonnaise by mixing the dried cranberries and mayonnaise in a small bowl.
- To assemble the sandwiches, smear the cranberry mayonnaise on the top slice of the roll. Then place the chicken with cheese on the bottom half, 2 slices of bacon, a small handful of arugula, and then replace the top of the roll.
Football season is here! In celebration, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month we shared our favorite tailgating recipes, and now we are sharing more than 60 recipes ideas for celebrating on game day. Click on their links below to join in!
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Chicago-Style Deep Dish Breadsticks by Honey & Birch
Italian Beef by Bread Booze Bacon
Welcome to the Jungle Cocktail by Love & Flour
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Polish Boy Potato Skins by A Mind Full Mom
Sweet and Salty Brownies by The Secret Ingredient Is
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Cowboy Chili by See Aimee Cook
Green Chili Pulled Pork Cheese Fries by Cake ‘n Knife
Blue and Orange Jello Shot Gummies by Sustaining the Powers
Greek Town Loaded Potato Skins by The Mexitalian
Marbled Scotcharoos by Club Narwhal
Beer Cheese Fondue by Off the Eaten Path
Easy Beer Cheese Soup by Hello Little Home
Chicken Stack Sandwich by Around My Family Table
Spicy Pub Mustard by What A Girl Eats
Game Day Cupcakes by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Brownie Batter Dip by The Crumby Cupcake
Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes by Two Places at Once
Spicy Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Real Cheese by Simplify, Live, Love
Game Day Snack Tray by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Mac n Cheese Cups by West via Midwest
South Beach Punch by 2 Cookin Mamas
Miami Mahi Mahi Sandwich by foodbyjonister
Swedish Meatball Dip with Tater Tot Dunkers by Peanut Blossom
Fruity Dessert Pizza with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze by Bucket List Tummy
New England Rum Punch by Order in the Kitchen
Crawfish Etouffee by The Speckled Palate
Cajun Crawfish and Corn Fritters with Remoulade Dipping Sauce by For the Love of Food
Reuben Sliders with Homemade Russian Dressing by A Dish of Daily Life
Big Blue Cheese Steak Stromboli by Simple and Savory
Spinach & Artichoke Bites by Lauren’s Kitchen
Herb Pesto Arancini by A Little Gathering
Beluga Lentil Hummus by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Philly Cheesesteak Nachos by And She Cooks
Philly Cheesesteak Cheesecake by Nik Snacks
Game Day Cookie Cups by Me and My Pink Mixer
Primanti Style Sliders by Macheesmo
Pineapple Salsa by Living Well Kitchen
Tex Mex Cream Cheese Wontons with Bacon by Shaws Simple Swaps
Blue Cheese Blitz Dip by Cafe Terra
Chicken Adobo Fries by Brunch-n-Bites
Game Day Candy Bark by Life’s Ambrosia
Chicken Teriyaki Pizza (aka Seattle SeaChicken TeriHawki Pizza) by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
High Seas Sour Cherry Slush by Lizzy is Dizzy
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by Casa de Crews
Game Day Sriracha-Honey Nut Mix by An Oregon Cottage
Double-Stuffed Potato Skins by A Simpler Grace
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