Saturday, January 19, 2013

Recreating restaurant food - Yummy Chicken Sandwich with Sweet Potato fries

I love recreating food that I like at a restaurant. I have tried grilled vegetable skewers , calamari and chicken fajitas. A few months back I tried a farm style chicken sandwich at a neighborhood breakfast place and loved it. I tried to recreate it at home and it was fun making it from scratch. Though I had to get the bread twice as the first one was a baguette and one was not wide enough for a sandwich. So we made some bruschetta instead. I decided to go with some home style bread for the sandwich. Sweet potato fries is one of the sides available at most restaurants. They are more sweet than savory. So I decided to add my own twist to it. We usually have them with baked salmon or any other fish dish. It was a great accompaniment to a farm style sandwich.

Ingredients for the chicken sandwich
Ciabatta Bread- 2 big long ones cut into half
Boneless chicken - 4 pieces
Rosemary - 1 tbsp
Spinach (from a washed bag)- 2cups
White Mushrooms- 1 cup
Provolone cheese-4 slices
Butter- 4 tsp
Salt and pepper - to taste
Oil - to shallow fry

Ingredients for sweet potato fries
Sweet potato- 1 large
Chilli powder- 1tsp
Ground cumin- 1 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil - to deep fry

For the sandwich
  • Wash the chicken pieces and marinate with salt, pepper and rosemary for 30 minutes.
  • Wash the mushrooms and slice them.
  • Slice the ciabatta bread length wise and apply the butter.
  • Heat a griddle and toast the insides of the bread till they are golden brown.
  • Heat some oil in the griddle and saute the mushrooms with salt and pepper,
  • Heat some more oil in the griddle and brown the marinated chicken on both sides. Make sure they are fully cooked inside.
  • Add a slice of provolone on top of the chicken breasts and shut the griddle and let the cheese melt on its own.
  • On a bottom slice of the bread, arrange a bed of fresh green spinach and place the chicken with cheese on it. Top it with the sauted mushrooms and the top of the bread.
For the sweet potato fries
  • Peel the sweet potato  and slice it in fry size pieces.
  • Add salt, pepper , chilli powder and cumin and mix it with your hands.
  • Heat oil in a wok and fry the sweet potato till they turn a little brown and crunchy.
If you want to go the healthy way, add some olive oil to the sweet potato and bake it in the oven on a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 400 Degrees F. The sandwich is delicious and is a quick meal on a week night.
PS: It has been a while that I have updated this blog. This is not a new year resolution but I will be posting a bit more frequently. I am hoping to become a regular here if I can get away from chauffeuring and number crunching.

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