Fall Fig and Chicken Sandwich

October  6, 2009
5 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Serves 2-4 sandwiches
Author Notes

I love sandwiches, as well as the combo of sweet and savory. One of my favorite sandwiches is based on the Chicken Charlie—a grilled chicken and pear sandwich—that a cafe in my hometown served when I was younger. My version of the Chicken Charlie has balsamic grilled chicken, caramelized onions, fruity-nutty blue cheese spread, and sautéed figs on chewy ciabatta bread. It's the perfect fall sandwich! (Fresh figs and dried figs both work great—use dried for a chewier texture). —Loves Food Loves to Eat

What You'll Need
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion—sliced in rings
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon peach or apricot jam
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 6-8 figs—stemmed and halved
  • 1 ciabatta loaf (or 2-4 rolls)
  • spring greens salad mix
  • 1 crisp pear—thinly sliced
  1. For Chicken: Mix together worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper- Marinate chicken in mixture for up to an hour. Grill chicken on medium-high grill until cooked. Slice thin.
  2. For Carmelized Onions: Heat 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil with 1 tablespoon butter. Add onions and cook over medium heat until golden and delicious. Remove onions from pan but leave remaining oil/butter on medium heat for figs.
  3. For Figs: Add figs face down to hot oil/butter mixture. sautee until golden and chewy (1-2 minutes).
  4. For Spread: Stir together cream cheese, blue cheese, nuts, jam, rosemary and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Assembly: Heavily spread the cream cheese mixture over both sides of bread. Pile high with chicken, pears, onions, and figs. Serve with spring salad on side. ENJOY!

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4 Reviews

Ms D. August 27, 2023
I found this kind of bland and disappointing - if I try this again I'll use a reduced balsamic glaze instead and skip the jam, as it gets too sweet. I might try the extra blue cheese suggested in another review too.
oregon C. October 12, 2012
Finally tried this yesterday as my fig tree in the yard is finally producing for the season. It was excellent! Only adjustment I made was added lots more blue cheese to the spread as I'm addicted to a local blue cheese. First time I served a sandwich for dinner (served with a roasted wild-mushroom soup) & my spoiled husband loved it didn't grumble a bit (he's a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to meals).
theicp December 11, 2009
This looks fantastic...love figs and onions together.
likestocooklovestoeat October 21, 2009
Great blend of flavors - worth the effort!