Chicken Slice Sandwich

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I am out  of town accompanying my husband on his office trip. We will be returning home today so we decided to check out and I am waiting for him to pick me up at the Destiny USA / Carousel Mall in Syracuse, NY. Already done with the window shopping and now lunching at the Panera Bread with a Napa Almond Chicken Sandwich and plenty of time to kill. No I am not shopping anything for myself, however hard that might be to believe, I am not. We both had been buying stuff a little extravagantly last couple of days telling each other its our Puja shopping but seriously who are we kidding!!!

Anyways my Panera Sandwich reminds me of  the post that has been lying in my drafts waiting to be edited and submitted, so I decide to do this right away. No stories today.. no pouring out emotions. Just a quick post on an equally quick recipe. Actually no recipe at all its mainly assembling that needs to  be done. On those days when you wanna grab something for a light lunch or dinner without any elaborate preparations/cooking/cleaning – a sandwich can always come to your rescue.

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I made this last week and used whatever was available in my fridge. There can be number of alterations / additions to this, so do it your way and make it your signature dish.

The first picture has been edited by my loving husband… he wanted to give it a feel of a restaurant style menu. I loved it and decided to use it as my landing pic for this post.

Ingredients: As required for one sandwich

  • Bread – 2 slices; I used white bread, but you can use any variety of your preference.
  • Tomato slices – 2 small slices or one big slice
  • Lettuce – 1 leaf, washed, dried and folded.
  • Onions – 2 rounds or slices
  • Chicken Slice – 3-4. I used the this variety from Target – Hormel Natural Choice Sliced Rotisserie Style Deli Chicken Breast. It is cooked and needs minimum preparation. Use any type of chicken / meat you want.
  • Any sauce/dressing of your choice – as required. I use either a dash of hot sauce, honey mustard or lemon dill
  • Butter or spread for the toast – I like using the Irish butter that is available in BJs.
  • Oil / butter.
  • Any seasoning of your choice – Salt and Pepper (for sure), sometimes I also add a little of the Cajun spice.

Method:

  • Heat a pan on high heat with very little oil/butter. I use the spray oil can for this purpose.
  • Add the onion rings/slices and the chicken slices.
  • Sprinkle some seasoning and saute on both the sides for a minute or two. This adds flavor to the chicken.
  • Meanwhile toast the bread and coat it lightly on one side with butter / spread.
  • Assembly: Place the tomato slices on the butter side of one of the bread slice. Top it with the lettuce leaf. Then add the sauteed chicken slices along with the sauteed onions. Add sauce of your choice. Top it with the remaining slice of bread, buttered side down.
  • Press the sandwich a bit and slice it in halves. Secure it with a toothpick (optional).

Serve it as a lunch, brunch or even dinner. This time I added some grapes and a mango smoothie to make it a complete lunch meal.

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Chicken Sandwich

Life has been pretty busy these days… either that or I have been in my perennial state of laziness. I am yet to decide which has been the cause for the infrequent visits to my blog, whichever has been the case my readers deserve to know that I tend to disappear once in a while like this. Though I come back pretty soon, well recharged and hopefully with some more recipes.

Talking of laziness reminds me of Subways 🙂 . Days when we (includes BBC as well) don’t feel like cooking, or  we are on a trip and don’t have much time for a proper meal, Subway turns out to be my/our favorite. At walking distance from home, easily available at almost all places, Subway foot-long is very much affordable, yummy and filling. Be it the Italian bread with tuna salad and honey mustard or chicken teriyaki, I am always nodding a yes for Subway. So while I was longing for a foot-long in one of these lazy afternoon, I decided to make a proper chicken sandwich at home with our new purchases. We had bought the Ranch dressing for our salads and cheese the other day, something which we rarely do, and I wanted to put it into use. So here comes my attempt to make a Subway-like sandwich ‘minus’ the Italian bread (which is Subway special), ‘minus’ the honey mustard sauce and ‘minus’ almost everything that Subway uses, since I do not have so many ingredients at home. Never mind, after all we both loved it and I hope you do too!

Ingredients:

  • Plain white bread – 4 slices (2 slice for one sandwich. Can use any other variety of bread)
  • Cheese, shredded or grated – 1-2 tbsp (as desired)
  • Green capsicum, finely chopped – 1 tbsp
  • Onions, finely chopped – 1 tbsp
  • Cucumber, finely chopped – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Green chillies, finely chopped – to taste
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken breast – 1
  • Ranch Dressing – 3-4 tbsp or as required
  • Lettuce, chopped – 1 leaf (optional)
  • Tomato ketchup – as desired
  • Mustard sauce –  as desired

Method:

  • Wash the chicken breast, cut into small pieces and boil it in a pressure cooker till 4-5 whistles so that it is completely cooked. Let it cool. If you have Grilled chicken strips, that works best for this recipe.
  • Grind the boiled chicken pieces (once cooled) or the grilled chicken strips (once thawed).
  • Add chopped capsicum, onion, chillies, and the Ranch dressing to the ground chicken. Mix well.
  • Spread the shredded or grated cheese on the bread slices and warm it in a microwave or oven. Keep aside some of the cheese for garnishing.
  • Take out the bread slices and on the side where the cheese has melted evenly spread the chicken mixture on one slice of each of the sandwiches.
  • Add the chopped cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce on top of it.
  • Garnish with Mustard sauce, Tomato ketchup and cheese.
  • Top it with the other slice, with the plain side on top and serve.

Note:

You can prepare the chicken mixture before hand and refrigerate it. While making the sandwich. add all the ingredients as described above to the bread and then grill it before serving.