Chicken, Brie & Pear Sandwich with Balsamic Onions

For years fat was vilified. Since the general population’s average weight and waistline crept up steadily over the decades, a new culprit has been sought out. Carbs.

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Admittedly, there are days that I shake my head in despair at the sheer information overload I experience when looking for some secret to long lasting weight loss. Every Tom, Dick and Harry have devised his own faddish diet and very few yield permanent results. If you want to understand why carbs are being the scapegoat at the moment, this book explains why.

The Atkins diet gave me great results but left me somewhat depressed. These days I eat Paleo around 80% of the time and I don’t fear carbohydrates as much as I used to. Why? Exercise. Since I started weight lifting and swimming I’ve been overcome by a ravenous hunger afterwards. People who want to increase their lean mass have to eat carbs straight after a workout for best results. Eating the correct macronutrients at the correct times makes all the difference.

Which brings me to this sandwich. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy this kind of food, more information here, after a leisurely stroll in the woods or vigorous exercise at the gym. Don’t forget to cook up a big batch of balsamic onions first – in this household it doesn’t last very long. Put all the different elements together, this is simply the best sandwich on this little blue planet of ours. Try it – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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4.3 from 3 reviews
Chicken, Brie & Pear Sandwich with Balsamic Onions
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Serving size: 239g
  • Calories: 524
  • Fat: 27.1g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0
  • Trans fat: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.4g
  • Sugar: 18.5g
  • Sodium: 640mg
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Protein: 26.7g
  • Cholesterol: 72mg
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Prep time: 
Total time: 
One of the most spectacular sandwiches you'll ever consume.
  • 4 thick slices bread
  • 10ml (2 tsp) mayonnaise [one per sandwich]
  • 10ml (2 tsp) fig or apricot jam
  • sliced cooked chicken breast
  • Brie cheese (3 to 4 slices per sandwich)
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) balsamic onions [one per sandwich]
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • salad leaves
  1. Arrange the slices of bread on the work surface.
  2. Spread the mayo lightly on one slice and the jam on the other.
  3. Place the chicken slices on the mayo side of each pair, covering the bread. Top with the Brie slices.
  4. Spread out the balsamic onions over the layer of Brie. Top with pear slices. Add a layer of salad leaves per sandwich.
  5. Put the jam-covered bread slice on the sandwich, jam side down. Slice into two triangles.
Serve with a beverage for a simple lunch or with a salad for a light dinner.
In a pinch, use a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket rather than cooking the chicken breast beforehand.
Toasting the bread gives a little extra flavour and crunch.

P.S. I’m not a nutritionist and all views are my own. This post was sponsored by Federation of Bakers and the Flour Advisory Bureau.

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  1. Corrinne says

    This does look like the BEST CHICKEN SANDWICH EVER! I love it! I will be sharing it today with my fellow foodies. I work with Alouette cheese and our baby brie would go wonderful with this recipe. Great photos as well!

  2. says

    Sounds absolutely divine as it includes most of my favourite ingredients! I’ll definitely be making it for lunch this week some time. Do you take the photos yourself? They’re awesome!

  3. Hayley Atkins says

    Cheese and pickle is my all time favourite but I am partial to a nice brie and grape sarnie too!

  4. says

    I’ve never been a guy that likes cheese with fruit, although I wish I was, I may give this a go and see if my tastes have changed. Im also struggling to find something, I tried atkins but made me seriously weird…plus no wine…

    I’m going for some kind of nordic almost paelo thing….ish

  5. Kimberley Giles says

    My all-time favourite sandwich is a New York deli-style sandwich with pastrami, gherkin and mustard mayo. Delicious!

  6. says

    Yum yum Michelle! Love the look of this sandwich. What I can also recommend – if you want a better protein to carbohydrate ratio have an open sandwich. :)

    • Michelle says

      Thanks, Rosemary. When I’m on the Paleo diet, I don’t eat any kind of bread. You get used to it. :-)


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