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Balsamic-Glazed Chicken and Bell Pepper Sandwiches

Balsamic vinegar cooks down to a glaze that clings to the sandwich fillings, adding a hint of sweetness and a touch of acidity. Pressing the sandwich after assembling it conducts the heat from the chicken and cooked vegetables to melt the cheese.

Cooking Light JULY 2005

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 wedges)

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 2 cups red bell pepper strips (about 2 medium)
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 large)
  • 2 (8-ounce) loaves focaccia bread, cut in half horizontally
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt over chicken. Add chicken to pan; cook 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Add 1/4 cup vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until chicken is done and vinegar is syrupy. Remove chicken mixture from the pan; cover and keep warm. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.

Return pan to medium-high heat; add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add bell pepper and onion; sauté 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 cup vinegar; cook 1 minute or until vinegar is syrupy.

Arrange chicken mixture evenly over bottom halves of bread; top with bell pepper mixture. Arrange cheese over pepper mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper. Top with top halves of bread. Place a cast-iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; let stand 5 minutes. Cut each sandwich into 6 wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 433
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 11.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 34g
  • Carbohydrate: 49g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Iron: 3.6mg
  • Sodium: 709mg
  • Calcium: 170mg
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