Manwaring Cheese – Smolderin’ Chipotle Cluckin-A Ciabatta

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • 16 slices Manwaring Smoked Chipotle Cheese
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2” strips
  • 3/4 of a large yellow onion, cut into small chunks
  • 6 medium portabella mushrooms, sliced into 1/4” pieces
  • 2 roasted red peppers, sliced into 1/4” strips
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter, plus more for the buns
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 6” Ciabatta buns


  1. Place the strips of chicken on a plate and season with smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Gently combine and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. While you’re waiting, slice the buns in half lengthwise and butter the insides (about 2 teaspoon per side).
  4. Place the buns on a cookie tray, buttered sides facing up.
  5. minutes before you’re ready to cook the chicken, place the oil and butter in a large stainless steel skillet and heat over medium-high.
  6. When the butter starts to bubble add in the onions.
  7. Cook for 2 minutes and add in the sugar, stirring to incorporate. This will help cook the onion down and give it an amazing flavor.
  8. Cook until just soft (about 5 more minutes) and add in the mushrooms.
  9. Stir the onions and mushrooms around until the mushrooms have released their juices, about 3-5 minutes.
  10. Add the chicken and mix with the onion and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. At this point the chicken is almost done.
  11. Add in the roasted peppers and cook for until the chicken is done. ~3 minutes.
  12. Place the buttered buns in the oven to crisp up (about 2-3 minutes).
  13. Add in the spinach, stir and turn of the heat.
  14. Remove the buns from the oven, top one half of the bun with the chicken and veggies and then top with 2 slices of cheese per side.
  15. Pop them back in the oven for a minute just to melt the cheese.
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