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It is always nice when the unexpected visit melds into an unplanned moment resulting in a divine lunch for two.

This particular recipe is a classic and makes a good, light but satisfying meal. The added bonus is that it can be made and assembled in no time at all.

Serves 2


Some cold chicken, a couple of pieces

2 Panini or whatever bread is at hand

2 rasher of grilled bacon per person

2 tomatoes thickly sliced and  lightly pan fried in the bacon juices

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Balsamic vinegar

Some lettuce washed and shredded or some fresh watercress

Aioli or mayonnaise


Roughly shred the chicken flesh. Cut the Panini in half. Put the shredded chicken on the bread, add the warm bacon rashers, the roast tomatoes and season. Drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, top with the lettuce and a dollop of aioli or mayonnaise on top. Place on a plate with the top half of the Panini placed at an angle on the bottom piece.