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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread and Parmesan

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 Light NOVEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)


  • 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)


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.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 334
  • Fat: 15.5g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Protein: 24.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 24.4g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 688mg
  • Calcium: 121mg

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