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Look no further, we’ve found a chicken sandwich so incredible that all other sandwiches have just been put to shame. Taste of Toronto‘s chef Rob Bragagnolo knows that you’ve been on the hunt for that perfect sandwich, and he has the answer: the most beautiful roasted chicken sandwich ever to be made.

Imagine taking a bite of some chicken with the perfect seasoning, complemented by tomato pesto, basil and lemon sauce, all held intimately between two slices of grilled bread. And we’re about to tell you exactly how to make this mythical sandwich:

CARVER’S ROASTED CHICKEN SANDWICH

What you need for chicken

    • 2 pound chicken, whole
    • 2 pinches salt
    • 1 tablespoon pepper
    • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes
    • 1/2 lemon
    • 1 bunch thyme

What you need for pesto

    • 2 tomatoes, sliced into wedges
    • 1/2 bunch basil, plus extra for sandwich
    • 3 tablespoons sundried tomatoes
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon pepper
    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic

What you need for sauce

    • 4 whole lemons
    • 5 tablespoons cold water
    • Mayonnaise, to taste

What you do

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Season top of bird with pepper, 1 pinch salt, paprika and chilli flakes.
  3. Stuff bird wth 1/2 lemon, 1 pinch salt and thyme. Roast bird in oven for 25 minutes or until fully cooked.
  4. While bird cooks, grind tomatoes, basil, sundried tomatoes, salt, pepper, olive oil and garlic in pestle. Set aside.
  5. Roast whole lemons at 500F for 12 minutes. Blend lemons with 5 tablespoons cold water on high for 4 minutes.
  6. Let mixture cool to room temperature. Then, fold into mayonnaise.
  7. Take bread of your choosing and spread pesto on it.
  8. Carve chicken and add a slice to sandwich. Cover with some more basil leaves.
  9. Spread sauce on other slice of bread and finish assembling sandwich.
  10. Grill sandwich for 90 seconds on 450F.
  11. Try the sandwich for yourself… if you can live with getting rid of such a beautiful thing.

Recipe adapted from Rob Bragagnolo with the Taste of Toronto.

Catch Rob Bragagnolo along with Toronto’s top chefs at Taste of Toronto from June 23 to June 26 in Fort York. Tickets sell for $19 per adult, $10 for youths and are free for kids under 12 (get them here).