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Pesto Presto Chicken Sandwich

Pesto Presto Chicken Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pesto Presto Chicken Sandwich
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Despite being armed with the information about bread being the body’s kryptonite, I love it. Perfectly thick sliced chewy, toothy sourdough and some cheese and I am fine. Jill loves for me to make special sandwiches. I saw some recipes around chicken and pesto and thought I would make a sandwich around it.

I also had finished off a jar of dill pickles and had some left over pickle juice so decided to use that as my chicken marinade. The pickle brine really makes a great marinade. It doesn’t come across as too “pickely”. I also wanted to use goat cheese for tang. To play on that tang I added some jarred sun-dried tomato pesto sauce to my goat cheese.

Also I broiled the sourdough to get a nice crust on the inside while keeping the other side pillow soft. So many things going on with this sandwich. Two pestos in play give an herbaceous main note. The pickle juice brine, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes bring acid and tang. Really delicious sandwich. A slice of crispy bacon would also be a nice addition.

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts (free range, air chilled)
Sourdough loaf of bread
I small package of goat cheese
1 Jar of sun dried tomato pesto
1 jar of basil pesto
Olive oil
Arugula lettuce
Pickle juice
Mont Jack cheese (not necessary but we had some shredded leftovers)

Directions
1. Marinate your chicken breasts in pickle juice for as long as you can. Pound it to be the same thickness so that it cooks evenly. IMG_0049

2. Grill your chicken until cooked through. Get some nice grill marks on both sides. Set aside to rest.

3. With oven on broil. Slice your bread and add a little olive oil and a pinch of salt. Broil until brown and crusty on one side. IMG_0050

4. Take your goat cheese at room temperature and add the tomato pesto until you enjoy the taste. I probably used 2 tablespoons. IMG_0052

5. When bread is toasted add to one side (top) the goat cheese spread. To the other side, add your chicken after you sliced it on the bias. Spread it on the bread and top with the basil pesto. About a tablespoon. Top with arugula and then your tomato pesto bread topper. Slice and enjoy.
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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roasted Chicken Pasta

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roasted Chicken Pasta

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Roasted Chicken Pasta
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Still cleaning out the Thanksgiving items and had some heavy cream that I needed to use. Earlier this week we had the mushroom asiago pasta dish. Today I wanted to pivot and punch it with some bright acidic tomato tastes. As I mentioned before, Jill is funny with chicken so I have to cut it up or butterfly it.

This turned out really well. The sun dried tomato and basil spread gives it a rich tomato flavor beyond what canned tomatoes can do. It’s much more concentrated but the cream really balances it out. The herbs make it fresh and lively. Really good dish that was simple to make and different from your typical sauce. We cleaned our bowls.
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Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
Italian dressing

Sauce:
2 shallots sliced and diced
4 garlic cloves
6.5 oz Sun Dried Tomato & Basil spread (Mezzetta)
1 cup of chicken broth
½ heavy cream

Pinch of thyme
Pinch of basil
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of Red Pepper flakes
Pasta cooked in brined water

Top with fresh thyme and basil and Parmesan and/or Asiago cheese.
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Directions:
1. Heat your oven to a roasting temp of 400. Trim your chicken and salt and pepper your breasts. Rub Italian dressing on your chicken breasts and roast them for about 40mins. (175 degrees internal).

2. Sauce: Butter in the skillet with shallots and cook until translucent and add minced garlic. Add your herbs and seasoning and stir for a minute and then add your chicken broth. Bring to a boil and let is reduce by half. Turn down the heat and add your cream stirring.

3. Cook your pasta while your chicken is roasting.

4. Finally bring it all together by adding your roasted chicken and pasta and stir until well combined. Add your cheese and fresh herbs before serving.
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