Mozzarella chicken sandwich
Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
I saw this ciabatta loaf on the “clearance” rack in the bakery section and picked it up for something totally different than this sandwich. Turns out I didn’t have all the ingredients for the first recipe, so I put it to use on a really delicious lunch instead.
While Jim grilled two chicken breasts, I made some basil mayonnaise by adding julianned basil leaves to the mayo, along with a little garlic oil. I returned that to the fridge to meld a little while the rest was assembled. Then I sliced some mozzarella and a perfect beefsteak tomato. When the chicken came off the grill, I sliced that very thinly, then put the whole thing together. I spread the basil mayo on both sides of the ciabatta, then added a layer of chicken, tomato, and mozzarella. I wrapped the sandwich in foil and returned it to the grill for a bit, checking on it now and then to see how the cheese was melting. I turned it over so it didn’t burn, and got a wonderful color and crunch to the outside. The inside just melted together in the most amazing way. We loved this. I know it isn’t terribly fussy or complicated, but the flavors really go perfectly together and kind of turned our lunch into something special. (It dosn’t take much to make us happy, really. We’re simple folk.)
Recipe: Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. thinly sliced basil leaves
1/4 tsp. garlic oil, or to taste
beefsteak tomato, sliced
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill until no longer pink. In the meantime, assemble the rest of the ingredients. Mix mayonnaise with basil and garlic oil and return to refrigerator until ready to use. Slice mozzarella and tomato. When chicken is cooked, slice thinly. Assemble sandwich by cutting ciabatta, then spreading mayo on both sides of bread. Add layer of chicken on bottom, then tomato, and mozzarella; and top with second slice of bread. Wrap in foil and return to grill until cheese melts and sandwich is thoroughly heated. Turn at least once during heating to avoid burning.