Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil

These warm sandwiches are best made with thin bread, so you can get your mouth around them. Some tasters suggested adding pesto, tapenade or a garlicky aioli to make them even more delicious.


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  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Twelve 1/2-inch-thick chicken breast cutlets (2 1/2 pounds)
  • 6 ciabatta rolls, split
  • Six 1/3-inch-thick slices of fresh mozzarella
  • 6 large basil leaves (optional)

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, garlic and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture into a medium bowl, add the tomatoes and turn to coat. Add the chicken to the large bowl and turn to coat. Let the tomatoes and chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Light a grill. Brush the rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and grill over high heat until golden. Add the chicken to the grill, season with salt and pepper and grill over high heat, turning once, until cooked through and lightly charred, about 6 minutes. Place the chicken on the rolls and top with the mozzarella, tomato and basil. Spoon any tomato juices on the top half of the bun, close the sandwiches and serve.

Contributed By Photo Quentin Bacon Published August 2007

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