Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chicken Sandwich in Puff Pastry

When I made the ham and turkey in puff pastry, I was thinking it was a nice alternative it was to a regular sandwich. Then later in the week I saw Giada make a napolean using puff pastry and I knew I wasn't the only one with the idea. Giada made hers with three layers and some avocado and peppered mayo. I don't eat much avocado (it makes me sick, literally) so I wanted to find an alternative. Last week, Mark Bittman posted a video with Jamie Oliver making a really simple chicken breast. He didn't even use a recipe. It was just chicken, season, herbs, lemon zest, Parmesan, prosciutto...pound, pound, pound, cook and done. You can see the video here. I thought it would be nice to do that chicken recipe in the puff pastry sandwich, plus it was fun to pound and get out some aggression!! This was such an easy and fast chicken recipe. I loved the freshness from the lemon and parsley and you really can't go wrong with salty prosciutto and Parmesan. My "corner store" only had puff pastry rounds so I just rolled them out a bit to get to sandwich size. This was a really easy sandwich to put together and it all tasted wonderful. Can you believe it is only Tuesday? The long weekend cannot come fast enough!!

Chicken Sandwich in Puff Pastry
(Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis and chicken recipe from Jamie Oliver)

2 rounds of puff pastry
1 chicken breast
Kosher salt
Flat leaf parsley
Lemon zest
Parmesan cheese
1 slice prosciutto
Olive oil
Baby Spinach

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured board, roll out the puff pastry rounds to desired length and width. Place the rounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a fork, prick holes all over the puff pastry rounds. Top the rounds with another sheet of parchment paper and then another cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the top cookie sheet and top parchment and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the chicken. Season one side of the chicken with salt. Top with roughly torn parsley, then a layer of lemon zest, and then a layer of freshly shredded Parmesan. Lay a slice of prosciutto over the chicken and top with plastic wrap. Pound the chicken until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Heat some olive oil in a small pan and add the chicken, prosciutto side down. Season the exposed side with salt and cook 4-5 minutes per side until the prosciutto is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.

To assemble the sandwiches, spread a thin layer of spinach over the bottom of the puff pastry. Add the sliced chicken and top with the second sheet of puff pastry.

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Sara said...

This sounds simple and delicious!

Erica said...

mmm I bet that pastry just melts in your mouth! Perfect!

I wish I had a long weekend :( We have to work Monday- booo

Diana said...

I totally saw that Giada episode! I remember thinking it odd that she referred to the sandwich as a "light and healthy lunch" as she was slathering each pastry layer with mayo. Yep, healthy my hiney!

But yours looks wonderful!

Esi said...

Erica, boo for having to work on Monday!

Diana, I know, right?! And puff pastry isn't exactly what I think of in a light recipe considering it has vats of butter. It sure tastes good though!

Dawn said...

girl, this is the perfect lunch!
holy friggin sandwich! Serious yum factor here.

Ben said...

Anything in puff pastry is good, I am loving this post!

The Blonde Duck said...

This is my favorite thing you've made! Yum!

Heather said...

mmm. puff pastry sounds quite delicious! it looks so golden and yummy!!

ttfn300 said...

hehe, i think we're two peas from the same pod, i saw her make the "bread" from puff pastry and loved the idea:)

The Duo Dishes said...

We could use this for lunch any day.

Reeni♥ said...

This does look really delicious. I love all of those flavors together!

Hayley said...

I love anything by Giada...she seems so nice. About those cookies, I noticed you had a lemon ricotta cookie, would you mind if I linked to that? Let me know, and thanks for always stopping by!

Tartelette said...

OK, this has got to be the most decadent chicken sandwich!! Bookmarked!! Love it :)

Foodycat said...

It looks good, but didn't the puff pastry explode all over you when you ate it? I would have been bathed in crumbs.

Esi said...

Foodycat, it's definitely not the cleanest sandwich to eat, but I managed :)