Smoked Mozzarella and Chicken Sandwiches with Italian Barbecue Sauce

December 2009
Smoked Mozzarella and Chicken Sandwiches with Italian Barbecue Sauce

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pieces skinless, boneless chicken breast, each halved horizontally into 2 cutlets
  • 12 thin slices smoked mozzarella cheese (1-pound ball)
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves (10 to 12), shredded or torn
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, split lengthwise and cut into 4 pieces
Directions
  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. In a medium saucepan, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock and heat through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and lots of pepper. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. Drizzle the chicken with EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Cook on the grill pan, turning once, for 6 minutes. Remove from the pan and layer 1 chicken piece with 2 mozzarella slices, another chicken piece and another mozzarella slice. Repeat 3 more times to make 4 double-decker chicken stacks. Tent with foil for 1 minute to soften the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Combine the arugula and basil. Pile one-quarter of the greens on each of the 4 bottom pieces of ciabatta. Pile the chicken stacks on top, then cover with the barbecue sauce and bread tops.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Spezial Rauchbier (Germany)
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