Hardee's is an American restaurant chain, which predominantly operates in the South and Midwest states. It has evolved through several corporate ownerships since its establishment in 1960. It is currently owned and operated by CKE Restaurants. Along with its sibling restaurant chain, Carl's Jr., Hardee's is the fifth largest fast-food restaurant chain in the United States after Subway, McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's. It is headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.




Bacon Swiss Chicken Sandwich

Carl’s Jr. Copycat Recipe

Makes 4 Sandwiches

8 slices bacon, cooked
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 cup water
1 cup flour
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 skinless chicken breast fillets
vegetable oil
cooking spray
4 sesame seed hamburger buns
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
4 Swiss cheese slices

Prepare the ranch dressing by combining the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill.Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Cook bacon following directions on package. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Combine the egg substitute and water in a large, shallow bowl. Combine the flour, salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder in another shallow bowl.

Cut each chicken breast in half across the middle, and then wrap the halves, one at a time, in
plastic wrap. pound each one with a mallet until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Trim each fillet until it is
round. Working with one fillet at a time, first coat each fillet with the flour, then dredge it in the egg and water mixture. Coat the chicken once again in the flour, and set it aside until all of the fillets have been breaded.

Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with a generous coating of cooking oil.
Place the chicken fillets on the baking sheet, then coat each one with a coating of cooking spray.
Bake the fillets for 12 minutes, then crank the oven up to broil for 4 to 5 minutes, then flip the
chicken over and broil for another 2 to 4 minutes or until the chicken is browned and crispy on both sides.

As chicken is cooking, prepare each sandwich by grilling the face of the hamburger buns on a hot skillet over medium heat. Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the ranch dressing on the face of the top and bottom buns. On the bottom bun, stack a leaf of lettuce and tomato slice.

When the chicken is done cooking, place a fillet over the tomato onto the bottom of the sandwich, then stack a slice of the Swiss cheese onto the chicken. Arrange the bacon, crosswise, on top of the Swiss cheese, then top off the sandwich with the top bun. Repeat the stacking process for each of the remaining sandwiches.

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