Rach's Chicken Spiedies with Sesame Sauce

Rach's Chicken Spiedies with Sesame Sauce
  • 4Servings


  • 5 - 6 large cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • A generous handful basil, thinly sliced or torn
  • A couple of palmfuls chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 fresh chile pepper, such as red cherry or fresno, seeded and finely chopped
  • A handful finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • About 1 tbsp. white balsamic or white wine vinegar
  • 4 pieces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 heart romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 4 crusty, foot-long rolls, split
  • 1 cup drained giardiniera (pickled vegetables), chopped


Preheat an outdoor grill, indoor griddle or grill pan to medium-high heat. In a bowl, whisk together the EVOO, garlic, basil, thyme, and the zest and juice of 2 lemons. Stir in the chile pepper and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Spoon 3 tbsp. of the dressing into a small bowl and stir in the tahini, vinegar and the juice of the remaining lemon; set aside this sesame sauce for dressing the subs (if its too thick for drizzling, thin with a little water).

Toss the chicken in the remaining marinade to coat well. Thread onto metal skewers or string onto grill wire. Grill, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Pile the lettuce on the rolls and top with the chicken, lots of sesame sauce and the giardiniera.