Caprese Sandwich

by Jen on July 23, 2012

Last week, I told you how to use the fresh basil from your garden in the Chicken Pesto Pizza.  The next day, I told you how to make Chocolate Zucchini Brownies with the zucchini that is multiplying in your garden.  Today, I’m telling you how to use the fresh tomatoes that will soon be ready for picking off your tomato plants!

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I’ll admit, I’m not really a huge fan of fresh tomatoes.  They taste a little sour to me.  And I hate when I bite down into a cherry tomato and it explodes everywhere.

But, cover a tomato with fresh basil and melted cheese, I’m all over it!

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I love the idea of sandwiches for dinner.  But sometimes it’s hard to come up with a sandwich that will fill us up but still be healthy.  Which is why I love these Caprese Sandwiches.  It’s like all the food groups in one meal:

  • Lean protein from the chicken breast
  • Whole grain carbs from the multigrain bread
  • Vegetables from the tomatoes
  • Dairy from the low-fat mozzarella cheese

We all love these sandwiches.  Even the kids.  They love anything with melted cheese on it though!

Caprese Sandwich

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Serving Size: 2 open-faced sandwiches

Recipe slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 wholegrain french loaf
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil leaves, cut into small pieces
  • fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray chicken with olive oil cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken in a grill pan or on the BBQ until no longer pink, approximately 18 minutes. Remove from grill and slice.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together butter and garlic. Spread some garlic-butter on each slice of bread.
  3. Top bread with chicken, tomato, cheese, and basil. Place under the broiler in oven and broil until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown around the edges.
  4. Remove sandwiches from oven and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper before serving.
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You could make these entire sandwiches on the grill.  Just grill the chicken and then use the BBQ to melt the cheese.  Easy, peasy.

If you don’t like to eat a lot of carbs at dinner (like me), I’ll eat one open-face sandwich and then just eat the chicken, tomato, cheese, and basil from the other sandwich.  That way I’m only eating one slice of bread instead of two.

Enjoy the bounty of summer with these Caprese Sandwiches!

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