Saturday, February 5, 2011

February 5: Warm Lemon Chicken Sandwich with Arugula and Pears

2 lemons
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, stripped and chopped
   Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
4 kaiser rolls, split
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 ripe Bartlett, Anjou, or Bosc pear
8 slices prosciutto di Parma
1 large bunch of arugula, cleaned and trimmed (2 to 2 1/2 cups)

In a shallow bowl, combine the juice of 1 1/2 lemons, the thyme, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken breasts and toss to coat. Marinate the chicken for 5 to 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard with the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the EVOO, then the Parmigiano.

Toast the rolls. Rub the toasted cut sides with the garlic clove.

Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of EVOO. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove to a cutting board and tent with foil.

Thinly slice the pear, and toss in a salad bowl with the juice of the remaining half lemon.

Slice the prosciutto into strips. Add the arugula leaves and prosciutto to the salad bowl and toss with the vinaigrette.

Thinly slice the cooked chicken. Layer half of the chicken slices onto the rolls and top with the arugula-pear salad. Add the remaining chicken and roll tops.


I was surprised how good this combination was. I thought the chicken would be too dry, but when you add in the salad - especially with the prosciutto and pears - it makes for a deliciously moist, sweet and salty dinner. I wouldn't change anything in the recipe, but here are some things I did differently: I used dried thyme instead of fresh. Fresh would probably be better in this one. I used a spring mix instead of arugula because I had to make a grocery run today and that's all they had a Sam's. I used Parmesan instead of Parmigiano. If you're trying this recipe, I would make it as written - no changes for a change.

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