One of the perks of our new place is that we’ll be closer to Costco. Yes, I consider that a perk! We’re going to try heading over during the week after we move, in hopes that it will be less crazy than during the crowded weekends. I figure we can pick up a pizza on the way out for dinner too!
Speaking of Costco, it seems like torta roll samples are almost always up for grabs. No complaints here about that; they are pretty tasty! I particularly like toasting them up for breakfast sandwiches, but I also recently used them for these delicious sandwiches. The title of this recipe says it all. I nestled blackened spiced chicken pieces between crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, Swiss cheese, a dollop of pesto, and the toasted rolls. I don’t make sandwiches at home often, but these definitely hit the spot!
Blackened Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto, Tomato, Bacon, and Cheese
For the Blackened Chicken:
4 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise so you have 8 pieces of chicken
1/2 tablespoon ground thyme
3/4 teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 torta rolls, split and toasted
8 slices cooked applewood smoked bacon (I roasted mine in the oven!)
8 beefsteak tomato slices
8 tablespoons prepared pesto
Directions: To make the chicken, heat oven to 350°F. Mix thyme, allspice, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle chicken evenly with seasoning mix and rub into both sides of each chicken breast. Place chicken breasts on a large greased cookie sheet and bake at 350˚F for 13 to 17 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Place a slice of cheese on top of each chicken breast and heat for 1 additional minute or until cheese melts.
To assemble the sandwiches, place chicken pieces with cheese on top of the bottom buns and top with bacon and tomato. Spread pesto evenly on the cut side of the top half of the buns and top each sandwich with this bun. Makes 8 sandwiches.
Nutrition: 528 calories, 26.6g fat, 2.0g fiber, 43.3g protein per sandwich
Cost: $2.02 per sandwich