Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches

Part of the reason behind redoing the focaccia bread recipe was so I could make this sandwich. For some reason, its really hard to find focaccia bread in the bakeries around here. So if I want a focaccia bread sandwich, I better make my own bread.

But if I'm going to make the bread from scratch, I want a relatively simple recipe that I can use with it. Granted, making bread really isn't all that much work if you have a stand mixer and dough hook, but it is somewhat time consuming.



Chicken Focaccia Sandwich
Inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens, Quick-Fix Family Favorites
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 tbsp. dried Italian seasonings
    • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 7 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
    • 4 slices fresh mozarella
    • 4 slices focaccia bread, homemade or store-bought
    • olive oil
    • salt and pepper

Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil.
2. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season the chicken with the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Place into a ziplock bag and drizzle olive oil in. Seal the bag and toss to coat the chicken.
3. In a small bowl add the mayonnaise and basil leaves. Stir until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
4. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through. Toss the cooked chicken in a bowl with the sliced red peppers. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Slice each piece of focaccia bread in half. Spread the basil-mayo on both sides of the bread. Add the chicken and red pepper mixture to one slice. Add the mozzarella to the other. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
6. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake open-faced for 5 minutes or until the mozzarella has melted. Remove from the oven and place one slice of the bread on the other, creating a sandwich. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes more.



I really, really liked this sandwich. The fresh flavors of the basil paired really nicely with the chicken and roasted red peppers. And nothing is better than eating a sandwich on fresh homemade bread!

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