Low Nickel Chicken and Pear Sandwich

Seasoned chicken, on top of melted brie cheese with balsamic vinegar soaked pear slices in between warm ciabatta bread truly makes this recipe taste gourmet. Believe me, you’ll definitely need a napkin when you bite into this sandwich!

Ciabatta bread’s simple ingredients of white flour, yeast, water and salt make it one of the better bread options if you eat a low nickel diet. Personally I’m able to eat white flour, but I do avoid eating anything whole wheat, as whole wheat is higher in nickel. Whereas I know some individuals on the low nickel diet avoid all flour and also eat gluten free diet. If you’re purchasing ciabatta bread loaves at a bakery, I recommend reading the ingredients to ensure it contains no soy or soybean oil. Ciabatta really shouldn’t include soy, but you can never predict what is or isn’t included in processed goods.This quick to make recipe makes it great for lunch or a weekday dinner meal after a long day at work. President brie cheese is one of my favorite types of cheese. Unfortunately many of their cheeses are wrapped in foil, which I would believe could contain nickel. However, they do offer spreadable brie without any rind sold in a plastic container that works great.

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Low Nickel Chicken and Pear Sandwich

Christy Cushing at https://nickelfoodallergy.com/
Seasoned chicken, on top of melted brie cheese with balsamic vinegar soaked pear slices in between warm ciabatta bread truly makes this recipe taste gourmet.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


  • 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 chicken breasts
  • 1-3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons of brie cheese
  • 1 pear green or red, that's soft
  • 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 medium sized ciabatta bread loaves that don't contain soy


  • First pour the oil in a medium saucepan placed on medium heat on the stove. Cut the chicken lengthwise in half so it's thin for the sandwich. Lightly season the chicken with the Italian seasoning on both sides and place it in the oiled saucepan. Thoroughly cook the chicken.
  • While the chicken is cooking, cut the ciabatta bread loaves in half, length wise. Toast or heat the centers of the ciabatta bread. When the bread is warm, liberally spread the brie cheese over it on both sides and place it aside.
  • Next thinly slice up the pear and sprinkle balsamic vinegar on it.
  • When the chicken is thoroughly cooked, place it on top of half of the ciabatta bread loaf. Put the pears over the chicken and the top your sandwich with the other half of the ciabatta bread and enjoy!


From time to time, I'll also add fresh basil leaves on top of the pear.
  1. Hi Christy,
    I was recently diagnosed with a nickel allergy. I have found the website very helpful. I am curious. What brand of white flour do you use? Thank you! Christine

    1. Hi Christine,
      Thanks for your comment and appreciation of my website! I’m glad it’s been useful for you. I typically use Gold Medal All Purpose Flour or Kroger Unbleached All Purpose Enriched Flour.
      Warm regards,

  2. Hello! My dermatologist said to avoid pears. But you’ve got them in this sandwich. Do they ever give you trouble?

    1. Hi Lara,
      Thanks for your comment. Raw or cooked fresh pears have never bothered me. Do you know if your dermatologist was referring to canned pears?
      Warm regards,

  3. Hi Christy,
    How did you find out that you had nickel allergy syndrome? Did you have any other symptoms in addition to the rash?
    Thank you so much!

  4. Christy,
    Thanks so much for your website with so much valuable info. I’m recently diagnosed with nickel allergy. I called the Dr.’s nurse on a different question. She was the one to mention a possible nickel food allergy, not the Dr..
    I tried the pear & chicken sandwich for dinner last night. Quite yummy and I will be making it again!!! I sent pics to my grown kids and they are going to try it as well. The only local foccacia bread I could find said it may contain traces of tree nuts & soy. Do you recommend a certain brand?
    Thanks for all you’re providing us!!!

    1. Hi Carol,
      Thanks for your comment and appreciation for my website. It’s wonderful when medical professions of any kind understand systemic nickel allergy syndrome and how some people like ourselves can react to nickel when we eat foods higher in nickel.
      I purchase all my bread, including ciabatta bread for this recipe, from a local grocery store bakery department where I live. They include all the ingredients on their receipts and only use water, flour, olive oil and salt in their french bread. Trying to find low-nickel processed foods takes time. I found it helps to keep and open mind and ask a lot of questions to try to ensure the foods are truly lower in nickel.
      Warm regards,

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