Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches

Kentucky Hot Brown. This delicious - albeit unfortunately named (just…why?) - Kentucky classic officially ranks high on my list of favorite sandwiches.

Bready, meaty, cheesy, meltyyyy- how could you not love it? It’s the sandwich of my dreams. And probably yours, too. This variation of the Kentucky Hot Brown features hearty sourdough bread instead of white, thickly sliced chicken breast instead of turkey (apparently turkey is only a Thanksgiving thing here in Singapore - who knew?!), and the addition of dijon mustard and sharp aged white cheddar in the mornay sauce, which adds the perfect bite. No pun intended.

kentucky hot brown
kentucky hot brown
kentucky hot brown

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Makes 4 sandwiches
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes


1 cup plus 2 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp hot sauce
1-1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
8 slices thick-cut bacon
4 1/2-inch slices sourdough bread
1 lb. roast chicken or turkey breast, thickly sliced
8 slices tomato, about 1/4-inch thick


1.) Slightly warm milk on the stovetop or in the microwave. In a saucepan, melt your butter. Add the flour and whisk over medium heat for about 1 minute, or until the flour mixture begins to turn golden brown. Slowly whisk in warm milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue simmering, whisking frequently, for another 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in dijon mustard, hot sauce, 1 cup shredded white cheddar and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Meanwhile, prepare your bacon per your favorite method - frying pan, oven, whatever!

3. Preheat your broiler. To assemble your Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches, arrange your bread slices on a nonstick or lined baking sheet. Top each slice of bread with 4 ounces of chicken breast and 2 slices of tomato. Generously spoon the cheese sauce over each piece of bread and top with the remaining cheese. Broil in the oven for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese is melted, bubbly and golden brown. Top each sandwich with 2 slices of bacon and garnish with fresh herbs, if desired. Enjoy!