Sandwich with Chicken and Fresh Veggies, But Not Like You Expected.
This recipe, if you can call it that, was an idea I had for a Whole30 reintroduction lunch. It came to me from a memory of long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away when I was 18 years old working as a waitress. The restaurant had a similar sandwich on the menu and it was my FAVORITE dipped in some ranch dressing.
So like always, I had to make something similar up. This sandwich recipe is super easy. Aside, from the whole grilling thing a child could whip this up. Sometimes, the best meals are the ones that don’t take forever and are super easy but super tasty, right? Easy but tasty always saves the day.
I’m not sure why I never decided until now to recreate this sandwich… probably because of my unhealthy, sugar-laden, bogged down brain which was sabotaging my happiness! (sorry brain, Iloveyoudon’tbemad)
I ♥ Bread
I really do love bread. It baffles me when people don’t like bread; kinda like bacon – like, what is WRONG with you people!?!?
My best friend actually can’t even stand the smell of bread that’s how much she doesn’t like it… she’s so weird… I love her none the less, and who am I to judge someone else’s tastes?
I don’t eat bread a lot because I am picky about the way it’s made, and I have also become more focused on my health (hence the Whole30). The pickiness for bread came from my one year stint as a bread baker (a disappointingly short window of my life). I would honestly still be working as a bread baker if I had my way but alas – nothing lasts forever and everything happens for a reason.
Now? I bake bread at home when I want to and my co-workers get to partake in my lovely home-made, best-ever rolls every year at the Thanksgiving and Christmas pitch-in parties. That, and pie…
mmmm apple pie
::drools all over keyboard::
Get Back to the sandwich won’t ya?!
So, because this sandwich was for a Whole30 Gluten Grains reintroduction – I made my own sugar-free bread (super easy – I may even tell you how later).
I was avoiding sugar to know if it is gluten or sugar that bothers my belly if you know what I mean… ehem….
BUT, if you aren’t worried about that then you can use whatever bread your heart desires.
The bread that the restaurant I worked at used a focaccia I believe. My memory is good but that WAS almost 15 years ago.
(Oh Noooos! now you know how old I am if you were paying attention!)
Chicken and Roasted Veggie Sandwich
15-30minutes? (that seems a bit long... probably not that long)
aslice ofCheesewhy not? cheese is always a good option... I think a pepperjack, or a light flavored cheese would go well with this
Now, put it all together and eat it....
yea yea... I know... I gotta go more into detail...
I made my bread first - toasted it in the toaster because I don't have a panini press
(literally just gave away my mini grill because I had never used it. ::sigh::
I cut the chicken into small thin pieces and pan fried it in my cast iron skillet
added a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil, S&P and a touch of steak seasoning (we put that sh*t on everything-for serious)
I had a jar of roasted red peppers and took out one big pepper- however much is needed to cover a slice of bread.
I sliced my zucchini and squash into long, thin, wide slices - lengthwise.
I had my husband grill them for me since the grill is his THING.
(I actually don't know how to use the grill... maybe I can post something about that in the future? I see it now..." Home Chef learns to use a grill for the first time, but she never expected THIS!"... or something).
Layer all of those veggies together on top of the bread, then put the chicken on top of that and sliced up tomato goes on top of there. Then, put a few leaves of spinach on and top it with another piece of toasted bread.
Dip it in some ranch, serve with some fries or chips and you've got one heckofagood sammich!
I poured my (homemade dairy-free) ranch in a dipping cup because I didn’t want the sandwich to be too soggy before I could eat it all. That ranch just soaks right in there and makes for messy hands, and not-so-crispy bread anymore. Aaaand, the sammie was already gonna be messy anyway so dipping just helps minimize the number of napkins needed.
Well, that’s that – hope you try it out and play around with some other veggies and what-not. This sandwich is very versatile.