Spicy Chicken Club Sandwich

Spicy Chicken Club Sandwich

Serves 4

For the marinade
4 chicken thighs
6g Thai bird chilli, seeds removed and finely chopped
60g sagyejeol ssamjang
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
50g white wine vinegar
2g salt
½ Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil

For the gochujang mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
10g white soy
50g gochujang
5g rice wine vinegar
200g grapeseed oil

To cook and finish
reserved marinated chicken thighs
16 rashers streaky bacon
12 slices whole wheat bread
unsalted butter
16 slices tomato
round lettuce
reserved gochujang mayonnaise
reserved crispy chicken skins
toothpicks, to assist in assembling

Carefully remove the chicken skin from the thighs, reserving the skins for use later in the recipe.
Combine the remaining ingredients of the marinade in a bowl and pour over the chicken thighs. Place in the fridge to marinate overnight.

In the meantime, preheat an oven to 165°C. Place the two reserved chicken skins between two flat oven trays and cook for 10 – 20 minutes until the skins are crispy and brown. Set aside.

To make the mayonnaise, whisk the egg yolks, soy, gochujang and vinegar together in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the grapeseed while continuing to whisk until the mixture has thickened and fully emulsified. Add a dash more of the white soy to thin it out, if necessary. Set aside.

Preheat the coals of a BBQ. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade, allowing most of the marinade to drain off. Season with salt and place on the BBQ until cooked through. Remove and set aside for 10 minutes before slicing at an angle into 3 or 4 smaller pieces.

Place the bacon rashers on the BBQ and cook until all the fat has rendered, and the bacon is crispy. Remove and set aside.

Toast the bread slices while the chickean is resting. Butter 8 of the 12 slices of toast on one side and on both sides of the remaining 4 slices of toast. (These will be the centre toast of each sandwich.)

To assemble each sandwich, place one piece of toast buttered-side up and top with the rashers of bacon followed by the grilled chicken thigh pieces. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of the gochujang mayonnaise onto both sides of the centre toast and place this on top of the chicken thighs. Lay the slices of tomatoes on top of the centre toast, followed by the lettuce and then the crispy chicken skins. Finish with the final piece of toast, buttered side-down. Slice the sandwich in half diagonally and use a toothpick or two to secure the sandwich and hold it in place.