Roasted Chicken Sandwich

October 20, 2017


As much as I cook the only thing I truly want to eat is a sandwich. It doesn't even have to be an elaborate sandwich with all the fixings. I'd be satisfied with just ham and cheese sandwich. But here's an elaborate sandwich! And I'm sad to say that I've already consumed it but maybe, just maybe, I'll make it again real soon. 

The best part about this gourmet, roasty, toasty, blessed creation isn't the aromatic basil pesto that mingles with the sweet tomato-onion jam or the steamed broccoli that provides just the right amount of moisture and crunch. Rather, it's the ease of it all. Make up a batch of jam and pesto for the week, roast off your thighs in advance, and all your left doing is steaming the broccolini and shoving this bad boy into the oven. 

If you love a good sandwich this is the one for you. Heck, you can even eat a ham and cheese while you make this one up. I know I did. 


Roasted Chicken Sandwich

“Roasty, toasty, and good!”


Prep Time: 15 minutes                                             Total Time: 30 minutes                                             Servings: 8 servings   



Roasted Chicken  


  • 8 chicken thighs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1.5 teaspoon paprika 

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder 

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 bunches broccolini

  • 2 French loaves

Basil Pesto  

  • 2 cups fresh basil

  • 1 cup arugula 

  • 1/2 cup pistachios 

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Tomato Onion Jam 

  • 1 yellow onion (diced)

  • 4 beef steak tomatoes (large dice)

  • 4 garlic cloves 

  • Salt and pepper to taste 




1. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Season chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. Place the chicken in the hot oil, then immediately turn the heat down to medium high. Allow the chicken to sear for 1-2 minutes until the skin turns dark golden brown.

2. Flip the chicken, then transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Roast for an additional 8 minutes until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached. 

3. Remove the chicken from the pan, and replace with the broccoli rabe. Toss in the oil and return to the over for 5 minutes until roasted and soft. 
4. For the basil pesto: Combine all ingredients in a  food processor and blend until smooth. 
5. For the tomato onion jam: Heat oil in a sauce pot over high heat. Add onion and sauté until brown and caramelized.

6. Add the tomatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper. 

7. Reduce the jam until the released water from the tomatoes has evaporated, stir occasionally to prevent burning. Reduce heat if needed. 
8. For one sandwich: spread the pesto on one side of the French loaf and the onion tomato jam on the other. Top with diced roasted chicken thigh and broccolini.



  *Add shaved parmesan or gruyere cheese for an extra layer of flavor!


Nutrition Information                                       %Daily Value       

  Serving Size: 1/4 French loaf                                                                        *Based on a 2000 calorie diet 

Calories: 565                                      Added Sugars: 0g                 Vitamin A                                          19%

Total Fat:                                                                       31g                 Vitamin B6                                       69%

    Saturated Fat:                                                            7g                 Vitamin B12                                       18%

Cholesterol:                                                              87mg                 Vitamin C                                      244%

Sodium:                                                                 1023mg                 Vitamin D                                            1%

Potassium:                                                            1295mg                 Iron                                                    58%

Total Carbohydrates:                                                 46g                 Calcium                                             28%

    Dietary Fiber:                                                           10g                Riboflavin                                          47%

Protein:                                                                          31g                Folate                                                 62%

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