Topless chicken and Parma ham sandwich

To reduce the calorie count but not the satisfaction factor of your sandwiches, try going topless! We've been using dense rye pumpernickel-style bread, which takes a bit of getting used to but makes brilliant open-topped sandwiches. It contains no wheat and is very satisfying - and slightly lower in calories than thick-sliced wholegrain bread.

Topless chicken and Parma ham sandwich

Photographer: Andrew Hayes-Watkins


Prep time
5 minutes
331 per serving


  • Slice of rye bread
  • 1/2 teaspoon of softened butter
  • 2 slices of Tomato
  • A slice of skinless roast chicken breast
  • 2 slices of Parma Ham

For the condiment

  • 1 teaspoon light mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cold water


  1. Spread a slice of rye bread with ½ teaspoon of softened butter. Top with a sliced tomato, then slice half a skinless roast chicken breast and arrange it over the tomato. Top with 2 slices of Parma ham. Toss some shredded lettuce and sliced cucumber and place alongside the bread.

  2. Mix 1 teaspoon of light mayonnaise with ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and ½ teaspoon cold water until smooth and spoon over the salad. Season with black pepper.