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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread and Parmesan

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr


Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Frozen peas and arugula offer a little taste of spring with each bite of these Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread and Parmesan.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (10-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices sourdough bread
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • fat 15.5 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 9.1 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 24.1 g
  • carbohydrate 24.4 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 52 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 688 mg
  • calcium 121 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; thinly slice.

  3. Combine peas, parsley, 3 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons water, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer; cook 2 minutes. Place pea mixture, rind, 1 tablespoon juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and red pepper in a mini food processor; process until smooth.

  4. Broil bread slices 1 minute on each side or until toasted. Combine arugula, remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon juice. Spread pea mixture evenly over bread slices; top with arugula mixture and chicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Cook's Notes

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