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  • It really melds all the ingredient together to make one delicious sandwich

    • by sangwon

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      What attracted me to try this sandwich was not the chicken, or the applewood-smoked bacon, or the smoked cheddar, or even Panera’s tomato basil loaf bread. It was the ancho chipotle spread, which is a creamy, spicy and smoky spread that’s supposed to meld the components of the sandwich together. This is like an upgraded BLT…. Without the “L” and has the addition of chicken spiked with spices. Mmmm….

      This sandwich comes on Panera’s specialty French bread. This is not your ordinary supermarket mock “French bread”. This culinary hodgepodge of flour, water, and yeast has magically been transformed with skill into a crusty, chewy, and tangy vesicle for savory ingredients.

      The exterior crust of the bread is a thing of beauty: crunchy, golden shield that proudly displays its jewels of bubbles that can only occur when risen and baked properly in a well-built oven. And the inside of white glutinous strands of flour has baked into chewy tangy “meat” bread. Truly, the texture, taste, and sound of the bread plays a great contribution to the deliciousness of this sandwich. The chicken is real chicken, not some machine- processed minced meat. They were very generous with the chicken – hearty, thick slices of well-cooked and well-seasoned meat. The bacon is cooked to a crisp and it was a culmination of ...

      • sweet and salty – a classic partner with poultry deli meat. And the cheddar is wonderfully tangy as it is appetizing yellow in color. I would say the cheddar complemented the fresh tomato more than the chicken and bacon. Most importantly, the ancho-chipotle spread contributes the most in flavor. It’s smoky and creamy; there’s a heat kick that gets you at the end. It really melds all the ingredient together to make one delicious sandwich. It’s important not to omit the mayo because it is the “chipotle” component of the sandwich. The richness of this smoky, spicy mayo add richness and even more flavor to the healthy
        slices of chicken breast. As the final flavor bang, this sandwich also comes with a pickle spear, but you tend to neglect it to focus more on the sandwich. In fact, I didn’t realize I had a pickle until the last of the sandwich disappeared into my mouth.

        One thing I realized about good sandwiches is that it’s not so important what’s inside the sandwich. An important component is also the bread. This delicious French bread transformed the taste profile; had this sandwich been on some other bread, I don’t think my experience would have been as “spiritual” as I had described. Go to Panera, if not for this sandwich, at least for the bread.

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