Club sandwich

Club sandwich

30 min
The club sandwich is a satisfying American classic, served at pubs, diners, and delis around the world. This version is made with freshly cooked chicken breast, bacon and sour cream.


  • Slightly flatten the chicken fillets. Season with salt and pepper and fry in butter in a frying pan, about 6 minutes on each side.
  • Cut the bacon slices and fry until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cut the chicken and tomatoes into thin slices.
  • Lightly toast the bread and leave to cool. Spread the sour cream on the slices of bread. Place the slices of bread three by three with the lettuce, chicken, bacon and tomato in between.
  • Press the bread slices together and cut them diagonally into triangles. Stick in toothpicks.
  • Ready!

Club sandwich

What usually goes in a club sandwich?
In a classic club or clubhouse sandwich, you often find three kinds of meat: ham, turkey, and bacon. The meats are layered with lettuce and tomato between two slices of toast, often with a third slice in the middle. Butter and/or mayonnaise adds moisture and sometimes cheese is included. The sandwich is often stacked high, with a sandwich pick holding the layers together. Approach the club sandwich as a canvas for your own enjoyment. Feel free to add sliced avocado, a fried egg, some Dijon mustard, and pickled onion – whatever pleases your palate.
What dressing should I use?
Some kind of sauce or dressing should be used in the club sandwich to add texture and flavour. As with every ingredient, the options are vast. In this recipe we use sour cream instead of the classic mayonnaise to add a bit of creamy freshness. A Caesar dressing will add heaps of flavour to your sandwich, almost turning it into a hand-held version of the iconic Caesar salad. Try adding some Dijon mustard to your sour cream or mayo before spreading it, for added punch. Or why not flout every convention and reach for your favourite curry or chilli-flavoured sauce? This is your club sandwich, after all.
Where does the club sandwich come from?
There can be no doubt that the club sandwich is an American classic. However, its exact origins aren't known. An early mention credits the Union Club in New York city with inventing the sandwich: "Two toasted pieces of Graham bread, with a layer of turkey or chicken and ham between them, served warm". (The Evening World, November 18, 1889). In any case, we know that the sandwich became a mainstay of American delis, country clubs, and restaurants during the 20th century – its popularity spreading far and wide, continuing to this day.
A hot or cold club sandwich?
We don't recommend serving a club sandwich cold. Our recipe includes warm, freshly cooked chicken and bacon. But you can use sliced chicken or turkey, or even leftover chicken from the fridge. Either way, the meat is best served warm or at room temperature to make sure that the rich flavours come through. Similarly, the toast should be served warm and crispy. However, if the meat and toast are too hot, your lettuce will wilt and lose its crisp. So: avoid serving fridge-cold meat but let any freshly cooked ingredients cool down a bit before assembling the sandwich.


Chicken breasts fillet
300 g
½ tsp
Black pepper
1 pinch
Sour cream, light, tomato and basil
200 ml

Club sandwich without chicken – a vegetarian alternative

There is no reason why a vegetarian or vegan shouldn't enjoy a club sandwich. The trick is to replace the rich flavour combo of chicken and bacon with equally satisfying veggies. You can of course use plant-based meat alternatives. Or try swapping the chicken for thoroughly grilled aubergine or portobello mushrooms. This way, you get deep flavours to complement the fresh lettuce and tomato. As for the salty bacon, substitute it with freshly made hummus or a vegan olive tapenade. Finally, spread vegan mayonnaise on your toast and get ready for a truly gratifying bite.

Club sandwich serving suggestions

A club sandwich can hold its own as a complete meal, depending on how hungry you are. Simply adjust the fillings and stack your sandwich as high as you need it to be. In restaurants and gastro pubs, a club sandwich is often served with a side of chips (fries if you're in America). If you want to avoid deep-fried carbs, go for oven-roasted potatoes or a fresh potato salad to ensure that no one leaves the table hungry. And of course, a green salad with your favourite ingredients will work just fine.

What to drink with a club sandwich

With deep roots in US bar and diner culture, the club sandwich was originally designed to accompany chilled beverages. A crisp lager or ale of your choice, with or without alcohol, will almost certainly heighten the enjoyment of your club sandwich. If wine is more to your taste, a fuller-style white such as Californian Chardonnay will be a great choice. A medium-bodied red, perhaps a Pinot Noir or Grenache, will also do the trick. If you are catering to a younger crowd, freshly made ice-cold lemonade or cola are sure bets.