Monday, March 1, 2010

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Last night we wanted to do something really simple and light, since we had been eating out for the past couple of days. So, we made grilled chicken breasts and a nice chopped salad and put it all on a yummy ciabatta roll with some herb mayo. I have to say it was pretty delicious!
To make the chicken breast:
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
4 ciabatta sandwich rolls, toasted
Take the chicken breast and slice in half lengthwise, that way you have a thinner piece of meat and you get more bang for your buck! Pound the chicken until about 1/4" thick. Rub the chicken breast on both sides with the spices. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat, until the butter is bubbling. Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 6 min. on one side until it forms a nice browned crust. Turn the chicken over and cook for another 6 minutes.
Set aside to cool. Slice the breast on the bias to get flatter pieces for your sandwich.

For the salad: (we used a similar salad in the Valentine's dinner entry)
1/2 head of red leaf lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/2 English cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon of capers, chopped
For the dressing:
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 lemon juiced
2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
4 to 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
In a large salad bowl combine the lettuce,tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, and capers. In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss the salad until all combined.

For the herb mayo:
1/4 cup of mayo
1/2 lemon juiced
1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme chopped
1/2 teaspoon of fresh marjoram chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

To put the sandwich together, take the toasted ciabatta rolls and slather the herb mayo on one side. Take the sliced chicken and place on the roll, then top the chicken with the chopped salad. Put the other side of the roll on top and slice in half. And it is ready to eat!

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