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Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese came about when I was reading a menu in a bar. I love reading menus; I can't for the life of me read a book of any description unless of course, it has something to do with food. I can sit and read cookery books and menus all day long.

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

Oh and maps! Yes maps, I LOVE reading maps. Possibly I could be the next brain of Britain when it comes to knowing where most places are; very bothering I know 😐

Anyway, never mind all that! The other week I went out for lunch with some good friends to the Novello Lounge in Southwater, Telford and the menu had so many delicious sounding dishes to choose from so we all took a while to decide what to have.

But then I spied with my little eye; Chicken and Chorizo Panini with red peppers, spinach and pimento soft cheese, and that's just my kind of thing. Yes, yes, I know it's probably not the healthiest thing to eat but hey ho it sounded good!

Well as sure as eggs are eggs it arrived and yep it was excellent. So after telling Paul (the husband) about it when I got home, I made my version a few days later. Oh yes indeed, a double dose of Chicken and Chorizo goodness for me that week 😋

Now I didn't have any panini but I did have ciabatta and I didn't have any soft cheese but I had Cheddar and so there my version happened. Another good this is coleslaw. Do you like coleslaw? If you don't (I never used to) until I made my own. So much better than the shop-bought version.

Top Tips!

You can use either Focaccia or Ciabatta, they both work well. 

Nando's Hot Peri Peri seasoning is brilliant, plus they do sell a medium-hot version if that's more your thing. If you can't get the same one I used, just buy another brand. 

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

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Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

Cheese and chorizo heaven! It's worth getting good quality tinned tomatoes. I use the brand Cirio, they really are the best.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M


  • olive oil
  • 2 ciabatta rolls - halved
  • 200g tin of good quality tinned tomatoes - so half a regular-sized tin; drained well from their juice
  • a few roasted red pepper slices from a jar and drained from oil
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar - or a teaspoon of sugar if you don't have balsamic
  • 1 or 2 chicken fillets 
  • nando's hot peri peri seasoning rub 
  • some diced chorizo - skin removed
  • a pinch of smoked paprika
  • a handful of grated Cheddar cheese
  • a few spinach leaves - for good health!


How to cook Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

  1. Put the sliced chicken into a small bowl and add about half the packet of peri peri rub. Mix together so coat the chicken well and then make the sauce.
  2. Sauce:
  3. Drain the tomatoes from their juice and squish between your fingers putting to remove more of the juice and put the tomatoes into a small bowl.
  4. Take a few roasted peppers from a jar and chop before adding them to the tomatoes.
  5. Add a drizzle of balsamic or sugar to sweeten the sauce and mix it all together and set aside.
  6. Heat up a small frying pan and add the chorizo. Cook for a few minutes until it releases its lovely orange oil. Add a teaspoon of paprika and stir. 
  7. Remove the chorizo and set aside. Don't wash the pan! 
  8. Using the same frying pan add the chicken; you can add a tiny amount of olive oil if you think you need to. Cook the chicken for a few minutes turning to evenly cook through; it won't take long as it's thinly sliced. Turn the heat off.
  9. Lightly toast the ciabatta halves under a hot grill then wrap the top halves in foil to keep warm.
  10. Spread the pepper sauce over the bottom two halves and add cheese, a few spinach leaves and the chicken and chorizo. 
  11. Pop back under the grill till the cheese is bubbling and it's heated through. Put the ciabatta tops back on and dive in.
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