At least that’s what the recipe says. A recipe for a sammy. Don’t that just beat all … Nevertheless this is super easy and super awesome and it serves two, for a romantically messy meal you can eat with your fingers.
It’s from a book called Food Cook Eat by Lulu Grimes that my mother gave to the Pie for Christmas a few years back. Page 108 for those of you following along at home.
First, slice up a tomato, half an avocado, and wash some leaves of lettuce (get fancy and use arugula or frisé or whatever), and set those aside.
Cut two large pieces of ciabatta or Turkish bread in half horizontally and put that aside as well.
Take a boneless, skinless chicken breast (or a boned, skin-covered one and work some magic with it, which is what I did), trim off the excess sinew and fat, and cut it in half horizontally.
Flatten the pieces out a bit by hitting them with the side of your knife, the flat of a cleaver, your fist, or a mallet. Work out your frustrations, but don’t go crazy and break the flesh. You just want to thin it out a little.
Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pan and slip in the breast pieces, cooking them on both sides for a few minutes until brown and cooked through. Sprinkle them with some lemon juice and take them out of the pan. Put ’em on a plate or something.
Take your bread pieces and put them, cut side down, in the pan. Press them down a bit to soak up the chicken and lemon juices and leave them in there for a minute or two.
When you take the bread out of the pan, rub the cut side with a garlic clove, cut in half, then generously spread all the pieces with mayonnaise.
Put a piece of chicken on the bottom pieces of the bread.
Top with tomato, avocado, and lettuce, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go.
Plop the top of the bread back on and eat the crap out of that thing. Tada: your sammich.