Paprika chicken ciabattas

Paprika chicken ciabattas

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Turn an open sandwich into a filling and easy meal, with this fast and flavoursome recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal520
  • fat22g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein42g
  • salt1.41g
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  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • olive oil, for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 8 romaine lettuces leaves, torn


  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally and lay each between two sheets of cling film. Bash with a rolling pin until about 1cm thick.

  2. Squeeze lemon juice over the chicken and dust with the paprika. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with a little olive oil. Lay on a hot griddle pan or barbecue and cook for 3-4 mins on each side until charred and cooked through.

  3. Halve the ciabatta horizontally and lay, cut side down, on the pan for 1 min. Mix the crushed garlic and mayonnaise, then spread over the cut side of each ciabatta half. Top with the lettuce and chicken, then season with a little salt and pepper. Cut in half to serve.

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22nd Aug, 2018
My family enjoyed this as much as a traditional beef burger which is praise indeed. I didn't add quite as much smoked paprika as the recipe stated and added spring onion and sliced tomato to the burger. Served with the Crispy New Potato bake.
19th Mar, 2013
Very easy and quick to make. Very tasty filling meal. Defo a new favorite.
3rd Sep, 2012
I made this in the oven and it was fantastic. I did exactly the same as described with the chicken, but then I wrapped it in tin foil to keep the moisture in and then cooked it on 180'C for 25 minutes. I also used 3 cloves of garlic instead of one (and I crushed it and then chopped it) because I love garlic!
23rd Aug, 2011
Was so quick and easy to do.
11th Jul, 2011
Great recipe! We usually use "Smoked paprika with sweet red pepper and thyme" from Marks and Spencer and it's really delicious!! Don't be afraid of using iceberg lettuce instead of romaine lettuce (I am not sure, how it's in UK, but in CZ is iceberg lettuce more accessible).
8th Jul, 2011
Easy to make and soo tasty,, made it with cauliflower soup from Good Food, my husband loved it call it the meal of the season !
2nd Jun, 2011
I did this recipe the other night and it was a real success with her indoors !!! So easy to make and so tasty / tangy / terriffic !!! I couldn't get full ciabattas but Tescos had ciabatta "cobs / buns / baps " whatever...a pack of 4 square ciabatta buns each roughly equal to half a real ciabatta. excellent recipe ! Well done BBC Good Food!
22nd Feb, 2011
This is absolutely gorgeous!! It is a firm favourite in our house and really easy to make! I use wholemeal baps and lighter than light mayo and I use lots of crushed garlic, I think its safe to say we never go out anywhere after eating this. I serve these with a mixture of sweet and white potato wedges and lots of salad, yummy!!!
28th Aug, 2010
Made these for a group of friends, cooked them on my George Foreman grill and they were absolutely great. Make more than you think because everybody will love them.
Frantic Flapjack
27th Jul, 2010
Very easy to make and looked very good too. Popular in our house.


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