Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

While watching Food Network one day a few years ago (ahh those nice college days), Ina Garten made this fantastic Chicken Caesar sandwich that I just had to try.  After my first attempt, my roommates requested it many times for picnics on the beach and lazy afternoons (and same-day dinners).

I’ve used this same Caesar dressing for salads and other dishes as well – it’s one of the yummiest I’ve come across.

Tokyo is the city of French bakeries.  I picked up a ciabatta from Maison Kayser.

Ingredients:
2 split chicken breasts (bone in tastes better, but boneless is ok too; skin on)
Olive oil
Salt
Fresh ground black pepper
6 ounces thinly sliced pancetta
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large ciabatta bread
4 ounces arugula or mixed greens
15 sun-dried tomatoes
3 ounces Parmesan, shaved

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

2. Wash and dry the chicken breasts. Rub it with olive oil, salt, and pepper and place it on a sheet pan skin side up. Cook for 30-40 minutes until it’s fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the oven and cool it down enough so that you can discard the bones and skin and slice the meat about 1/2 inches thick.

3. While the chicken is cooking, place the pancetta on another sheet pan in a single layer. Roast about 15 minutes until it’s crispy. Absorb oil with paper towels.

4. Make the dressing: Place garlic and parsley in a food processor and mince. Add anchovy paste, mustard, lemon juice, and mayo and blend until it’s smooth.

5. Slice the ciabatta horizontally and toast it for a few minutes, cut side up.

6. Assemble: Spread the dressing on the cut sides of the ciabatta. Place half of the greens on the bottom piece of bread, lay (in order) the sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, pancetta, Parmesan, and remainder of greens. Finish with salt and pepper and the top slice of ciabatta. Cut and serve.

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