Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jalapeno Chicken Sandwiches

What does summer mean?  LOTS of grilling!  I like these sandwiches.  To switch it up a bit I'll omit the chipolte mayo, grill some onions and add some cheddar cheese and bbq sauce to each.  Also, I don't always include the jalapenos on the sandwiches.  It depends on how crazy hot the marinade is.  Our jalapenos from the garden are wicked hot.  The store ones not so much. 

Don't forget to grill the roll--spread some butter/butter spray and a dash of garlic powder on each...mmmm!

Jalapeno Chicken Sandwiches
adapted from Sherry's Jalapeno Steak Sandwiches (from the Cooking Light board)
serves 6

 6 cloves Garlic, minced
3 Jalapeno Peppers, cut into rings (seed if desired)
1/3 c. Olive Oil
1/3 c. Lime Juice
3 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
4-5 medium Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into strips or cubed
6 Whole Wheat Sub Rolls, cut in half lengthwise
1/3 c. Low Fat Mayo or Sour Cream
1 tbsp. Ground Chipotle Powder*
*or 1/2 tsp. of cumin & chili powder, 1/4 tsp. cayenne
Sliced Red Onion
6 slices Cheese, optional (I use whatever cheese I have in the fridge - provolone, cheddar, colby, swiss, etc)

In a large ziplock bag combine garlic, jalapeno, oil, lime juce, mustard & salt. Add chicken, seal bag, turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Stovetop:  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat (I add a bit of olive oil). Remove chicken & jalapenos from marinade, discard marinade and cook chicken/jalapenos over medium-high heat until chicken is done, stir occasionally. When chicken is done, remove it from the pan to a serving bowl.  (I just scoop the chicken & jalapenos out of the bag, you get some sauce/marinade and that's ok. Sometimes I pour a bit of marinade in the pan to give it some extra sauce).

To Grill:  Heat your grill over medium-high heat.  Cook the chicken breasts until done.  If you choose, place the jalapenos (and onions if you wish) in a grill pan and cook those on the grill too.  Or you can cook the peppers on the stove.

While meat is cooking, combine mayo or sour cream with seasonings. Toast the sandwich rolls (either in the oven, the stove top or on the grill). 

To assemble the sandwiches - spread mayo/sour cream thinly on both sides of the cut rolls. On the bottom half, place cheese then divide onion among rolls. Top with chicken & jalapeno, replace tops & serve.

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