Chicken Melt - Fridge Clean Out Recipe

A great way to use any bits and bobs when having a fridge clear out.  Every week I make up some sort of mad dish or other from things like an odd bell pepper, a piece of cheese or a chilli pepper that's escaped me all week!

Chicken Melt on plate

Yes it all gets used to make either a pizza or as a topping for chicken fillets, to make a sort of chicken pizza melt. 

Of course you can top your chicken with whatever takes your fancy.  Just use whatever you have that's leftover.  Since the odds and sods in my fridge consisted from making Prosciutto and Salami Pizza here's what I did.

There is no real recipe, but this is how to do it:
Use 1 skinless chicken fillet per person.
Bash the chicken fillet between two sheets of cling film till they are of even thickness - don't get too excitable you don't want them too thin.
Why are we bashing them? Because they will cook evenly and much quicker without drying out.

Get a large frying pan and add a glug of olive oil.  Fry things first such raw bacon, sliced raw onion, sliced peppers and chillies, season with a little black pepper and depending on your chosen topping you probably wont want to add salt since bacon and things like Parma ham are already salty.

Allow anything you've just had to cook to cool before continuing.  
Add the chicken to a shallow glass or stoneware dish and top the chicken with anything that takes your fancy.

I used bell peppers, onion, and sliced chilli pepper.  I then topped with Prosciutto (Parma Ham) and Salami which of course doesn't need cooking.
Whatever you do, finish with nice layer of grated cheese, I used a mixture of Mozzarella and Extra Matured Cheddar and sliced tomato.

Cover the dish with kitchen foil and pop into a pre-heated oven 200C/400F or Gas 6 for about 20 minutes.  Remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes or until the top is lovely and golden and the chicken is cooked through.  

Chicken Melt

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