Friday, September 23, 2011

The Sandwich Queen: Chicken Caprese Sandwich

Sometimes cooking an entire chicken can be daunting for beginner cooks. That's why I like to use chicken breasts. They are quick and easy, and the bonus part is there is no chance of encountering giblets. 

My family has always been big into sandwiches. When there are so many people at family gatherings (my mom is from a family of 8 and my dad is from a family of 9), sandwiches are easy because they are so basic. Everyone can find something they like whether it be ham, turkey, roast beef etc.  

Even at immediate family dinners, we love our sandwiches. Back in the day, my mom specifically MADE sure that my dad got her a panini maker for Christmas. One of my favorite dinners would be when my mom would come home from work with the most amazing sandwich ingredients. She would stop on her way to the train at a fancy deli and buy imported prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and bread. She would then use the panini maker and serve us homemade deli sandwiches with fresh mozzarella, basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Delish! 

I love that panini maker, but unfortunately I couldn't sneak it into the car back to school. I also don't have a beautiful deli with my favorite imported prosciutto. However, you have to make it work! I decided to be creative and make my own sandwich at school. You don't need a panini maker to make a good quality sandwich. You just have to be creative (and scared) and test out your broiler setting on your oven.  

This sandwich is inspired by a caprese salad. You can change the meat if you aren't a chicken fan, to whatever you want. Good bread really helps the quality of the sandwich as well. I bought a small loaf at a local bakehouse. You can usually ask them to slice if for you. 

Ryan and I were obsessed with the Next Food Network Star this summer. I was inspired by Jeff Mauro's (the Sandwich King) creativity with sandwiches. Maybe I'll become the Sandwich Queen?

Chicken Caprese Salad 

Tomato- Sun-dried or freshly sliced 
Mozzarella Ball
Chicken Breast 
Balsamic Vinegar

1. Preheat oven to broiler setting. Pan sear the chicken breast on the stove until cooked through. 
2. On baking sheet, take a slice of bread and sparingly put some balsamic vinegar on one slice of bread. On the other slice, place sliced mozzarella. 
3. Put the bake sheet in the oven and cook for about 1 minute 30 seconds. Watch carefully because it will cook very fast! When the mozzarella is melting, you should be good. 
4. Start building your sandwich. Put the chicken breast on the bottom of the sandwich (bread with balsamic vinegar). Place your basil and chopped tomato on top of the mozzarella. 
5. Close your sandwich. 
6. Slice and eat! 
cook in a little olive oil. Also season with salt and pepper 

Bon App├ętit!

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