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Grilled Chicken Sandwiches With Sage Pesto And Apples

Type: Chicken, Poultry
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

3/4 cup 30g / 1.1ozFresh sage leaves - (lightly packed)
  = (from 2 large bunches)
3/4 cup 177mlPine nuts - (abt 4 oz)
1/4 cup 10g / 0.4ozFresh Italian parsley leaves - (packed)
1   Garlic clove
3/4 cup 177mlOlive oil - plus
3 tablespoons 45mlOlive oil
6 tablespoons 90mlFreshly-grated Parmesan cheese
6   Skinless boneless chicken breast halves
6   Rectangles (4" by 5") focaccia, ciabatta,
  Or long French rolls, split horizontally
  Mayonnaise - as needed
3   Fuji apples - halved, cored, (medium)
  And thinly sliced

Recipe Instructions

Using on/off turns, blend sage leaves, pine nuts, parsley, and garlic in processor until mixture is finely chopped. With machine running, add 3/4 cup oil and blend until thick paste forms. Mix in cheese. Transfer to small bowl; season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Press plastic wrap onto surface of pesto and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using.)

Place each chicken breast between sheets of waxed paper. Using rolling pin or meat mallet, pound each to 1/2-inch thickness. Brush chicken with 3 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let chicken stand 30 minutes.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Grill chicken until firm to touch and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter. Grill focaccia until just beginning to brown, about 1 minute per side.

Arrange bottom halves of focaccia on work surface. Spread each with mayonnaise. Top each with overlapping layer of sliced apple, then 1 chicken breast. Drizzle each chicken breast with pesto. Spread pesto on cut side of bread tops. Place tops on chicken, pesto-side down. Cut sandwiches in half on diagonal. Transfer sandwiches to plates and serve.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Bon Appetit, July 2003


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