I was more than pleased with how this little chicken sandwich turned out. It made me want to have a lunch truck and make variations on them all day long.
It is a nice change to have a sandwich for dinner, but if you don’t want it to be boring, you must have lots of tidbits on hand, which means a bit of planning is necessary.
I was in the mood for something fresh and happened to have lots of apples, and so thought about an apple salad of sorts? But then, I didn’t want to go to all that trouble, and what would I put in my chicken sandwich if I used all the pertinent ingredients for a side-salad?
Problem solved; put the salad on the sandwich, and hey presto, this sandwich was created. It was dreamy, you have to put this on your menu for dinner one night this week!
You will need: 1 lb chicken breast, sliced into 3 or 4 thin pieces (most meat counters stock thinly sliced chicken breast), 3 tsp cumin seeds, 2 or 3 tbs extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, 1 ripe Haas avocado, pith removed, halved, large dice, 1 crisp, juicy apple, cored & diced, 2 or 3 tbs fresh lime juice, 2 cups wild greens (like arugula, mixed with other lettuces), 4 to 6 slices good quality bread (I used a lovely french-style loaf – *type A diet use sprouted bread*), sour cream (optional – *not for type A), sea-salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste.
1 – Sprinkle 1/2 of the cumin seeds on a big plate and lay the chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle the rest of the seeds on top.
2 – Put saute pan on med/high heat and add the oil when the pan is hot. Lay the chicken pieces in an even layer and fry for about 4 minutes. Turn heat down to just above the low setting and turn chicken. Put lid on pan, and cook chicken for a further 8 minutes (until chicken is cooked through and tender). Turn off pan.
3 – Gently mix the avocado, apple, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl.
4 – Toast the bread and smear with a dollop of sour cream on each slice (if using). Place a chicken piece on bread and mound with salsa and wild greens, with a dash of sea-salt and pepper. Top with slice of bread and cut in half diagonally (for a more dramatic presentation!)
Feel free to add more fillings, such as, cheese, tomatoes or diced red onions. Makes it difficult to eat in a lady-like fashion, but the taste is worth it!