Aug 3, 2008

Kay’s Chicken BLT

Filed under: Lunch,Recipes,sandwiches — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Kay @ 2:45 pm

I love a good chicken BLT for lunch, always make mine with a little Italian twist. Technically it’s not a BLT without bacon, but I just borrowed the name, the B stands for bread now :)

Ingredients:

Bread
Tomatoes (I used roma)
Cheese
Onion
Bell pepper
Basil
Butter
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Pesto Rosso
Thinly sliced chicken or turkey

Directions:

Even though I’m sure you could use all the ingredients raw, I prefer to lightly sautee the onions and bell pepper in a drop of olive oil before adding them to the sandwich, so I didn’t bother slicing them too thin. Don’t sautee them for too long, they should still be somewhat crispy.

Well, being from Gouda I mostly use Gouda cheese. I never buy cheese pre-sliced or pre-packaged (unless it’s cheddar, it’s easier to freeze that way) so I get to do some slicing first, while trying hard not to eat every other slice. I like a bit of cheese in my sandwich, but it really doesn’t have to ooze out, so I use a moderate amount.

My dirty little secret! Pesto rosso in a 1 euro jar. Sure I could make it myself, but why go through all the trouble? I even admit that, though it’s terribly cheap, it turns out to be one of the best pesto rosso I’ve ever had.

Another dirty little secret. I used pre-packaged chicken slices. It’s Sunday, you should always take it easy on Sunday!!

Whoever packed this had issues!

Spread a thin layer of pesto rosso on both bread slices. Make sure it’s really thin.

Divide the cheese over both bread slices and top one of them with the tomato. For some strange reason I always seem to put the topping on the right side. Weird. Anyway, I have this thing for roma tomatoes, but use whatever you have on hand. Crack some black pepper and sprinkle a little salt on top.

Do the same with the onion/bell pepper mixture and top one of them with coarsely chopped basil.

I only used 2 thin chicken fillet slices, one on each side. Gently fold the bread together and press the sandwich down a little.

Now you can lather the bread with real dairy butter, but since I’m keen on my arteries and really, it’s only to get the outside crispy during cooking, I prefer using something with less fat and more omega.

Butter both sides and place the sandwich in a hot skillet, turn the heat to low and bake on both sides for 5 minutes.

Been on a health binge lately, want to lose some weight and am always looking around for new things. This one caught my eye at the store, the package just has something fresh and fruity about it. Even though I usually dislike soya, I was really curious what it would taste like, so I bought it. They claim its dairy free, cholesterol free, has added fiber, no preservatives and is fat-free. It also says that one 250ml serving contains 1 portion of fruit or veg. Ok, sounds good, but how does it taste?

I expected a really horrible looking liquid, but it’s not too bad. Then I tasted it and was sold. I really like it. When I was younger I was always told not to drink milk when eating bread because milk stops the body from absorbing the iron in bread, fruit on the other hand is supposed to stimulate the process. It just stuck with me and resulted in me only drinking juice when I eat bread, this seems like a good middle ground.

Anyway, in the mean time the sandwich was done, cut in triangles and served on a bed of rocket with some extra tomatoes and the juice. Made for a pretty good lunch!


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    6 Comments »

    1. 1

      Wow, this looks amazing!

      Donna on Aug 4, 2008 @ 5:53 pm Reply
    2. 2

      What gorgeous photos!

      PaniniKathy on Aug 8, 2008 @ 5:01 am Reply
    3. 3

      Thanks! I try my best!

      Kay on Aug 8, 2008 @ 9:32 am Reply
    4. 4

      That is one tasty looking sandwich!

      Kevin on Aug 12, 2008 @ 3:32 am Reply
    5. 5

      Just prior to seeing your sandwich I had seen a pork loin in panceta that I was going to make tonight. I think I will have a snack before I start cooking and since I have all the ingredients to hand ;-)

      Love the photos too.

      Ossi on Sep 22, 2008 @ 3:12 pm Reply
    6. 6

      I really enjoy reading your blog! I always learn something new.

      Randyh @ Weight Loss and Diet Tips on Sep 10, 2009 @ 3:47 am Reply

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