Mertzie's Smoky Ranch CCBLT's

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Michelle Koletar/Mertz
from Harrisburg, PA

Grilled Cheesy Chicken Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches. Serve on your favorite rolls. Use pepperjack cheese if you want more kick. I've been on a smoked paprika fix and wanted to include it as the main flavor for the condiment on this sandwich. Turned out really yummers! My son and I both have full bellies. This would be a nice switch from (or addition to) burgers and dogs for picnics. Sorry for blurry pic -- we were hungry & ready to EAT. :)

serves Any
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients

  • one chicken breast per sandwich (i made 3)
  • packet of ranch seasoning mix
  • colby jack (or your preference flavor) slice of cheese for each breast (or more)
  • 2-3
    slices of bacon per sandwich
  • 2
    slices tomato per sandwich
  • 1
    large leaf of lettuce per sandwich
  • scallions (diced) or 1 red onion slice per sandwich
  • optional: garlic chili sauce (found w/ asian condiments)
  • FOR THE SAUCE TO SPREAD (THIS MAKES FOR 2-3 SANDWICHES):
  • 3 Tbsp
    ranch dressing (creamy, like hidden valley)
  • 1
    heaping tsp., smoked spanish paprika
  • 1/2
    tsp. ancho chili powder (or chipolte for more kick)
  • splash of lemon juice
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How To Make

  • 1
    I whisked milk with packet of ranch seasoning mix. (If you're making for a crowd, use more mixes for flavor -- enough to cover chicken). Marinate in a bag overnight, and turn every so often.
  • 2
    A few hours before grilling, I took chicken from bag & discarded milk ranch mix. I rubbed garlic chili sauce on each breast lightly and refrigerated for a few more hours.
  • 3
    Heat your grill (or you could use broiler). Meanwhile, mix up the sauce for spreading on the sandwich. Mix 3 TBS ranch dressing with the paprika and chili powder. Mix well & taste, and then adjust to your liking. I added probably another tsp. of smoked paprika, because we love it. Add a splash of lemon juice. Set aside.
  • 4
    As chicken grills, crisp bacon to your liking and set aside. Get chicken to where it is just done (don't overcook it) & then add the cheese slices on top and melt.
  • 5
    Now you just assemble! Spread sauce on each roll. Then add your lettuce, tomatoes, chicken (I sprinkled scallions on top of the chicken), and the bacon.
  • 6
    This is a hunky big sandwich! I used large potato rolls, but next time I shall use a sturdier/crustier roll or serve it as an open face sandwich. Enjoy!

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