Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Recipe: Spicy Chicken Sandwiches


Spicy Chicken Sandwiches
Source: Cooking Light
Yields: 4 Sandwiches

Ingredients:
Mayo:
1/4     cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2        Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1        teaspoon fresh lime juice
1        garlic clove, minced

Chicken:
1/4     cup egg substitute
3        Tablespoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Frank's)
1        teaspoon dried oregano
1/4     teaspoon salt
2        (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4 1/2   ounces baked tortilla chips (about 6 cups)
2        Tablespoons olive oil

Remaining Ingredients:
4       (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls, split
12     (1/8" thick) slices of red onion
4       Lettuce leaves
Any other toppings of your choice

Directions:
1.) To prepare mayo, combine first 4 ingredients.

2.) To prepare chicken, combine egg substitute, hot sauce, oregano and salt in a large zip-lock back. Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally to form 4 cutlets.  Add the chicken to the bag; seal.  Marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 8 hours, turning bag occasionally.

3.) Place tortilla chips in a food processor, process 1 minute or until ground. Place ground chips in a shallow dish.

4.) Working with one cutlet at a time, remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip off.  Coat chicken completely in chips. Set aside. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken and chips.

5.) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add chicken to pan, cooking 3 minutes on each side or until browned and done. Spread mayo evenly over cut sides of rolls.  Layer bottom half of each roll with 3 onion slices, 1 lettuce leaf, and 1 chicken cutlet; top with top halves of rolls.  (Substitute toppings of your choice)

Nutritional Info:
Calories 419; Fat 13.2g (sat 1.7g, mono 6.1g, poly 3.4g); Protein 28.1g; Carb 46.8g; Fiber 2.6g; Chol 49mg; Iron 3.2mg; Sodium 611mg; Calc 101mg


The above photo quickly turned into this:

I put a little too much mayo on my sandwich, but it's hard not to, it's that  delicious!

Notes:
-I'm not a big fan of artificial/reduced-fat, etc. ingredients, so I used regular mayonnaise.  I did have the egg substitute for another recipe, so I used that. Same with the tortilla chips, I used regular ones.
-I used wheat kaiser rolls, another way to cut down on the calories
-They're not spicy at all.  The only "spice" comes from the garlic in the mayonnaise, in my opinion.  Don't let the title scare you, you could cut back on the hot sauce if you desired.
-Don't dirty your food processor, a zip lock bag, a rolling pin, and some built-up frustrations will do the trick to grind down your tortilla chips! 

Enjoy!

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