Balsamic Chicken & Bell Pepper Sandwiches

I don’t know what neck of the woods you’re in, but it’s raining here y’all!  Which means it’s the perfect time to introduce this sandwich to you…

I made them for our company two weekends ago, they had been driving all night, and I thought a warm, filling lunch was what I would want if I had just done that.  So I did.

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken and Bell Pepper Sandwiches

4 teaspoons olive oil, divided

½ teaspoon salt, divided

1¼ pounds chicken breast tenders

½ cup balsamic vinegar, divided

2 cups red bell pepper strips (About 2 – 3 medium; it is sometimes cheaper to purchase them canned, but I shop at Aldi and they carry theirs fresh in a package of one yellow pepper, one red, and one green.  That’s what I used and it didn’t harm us one bit.)

2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 large)

4 ounces provolone cheese, thinly sliced

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

 

1. / Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt over chicken. Add chicken to pan; cook 1 minute on each side until lightly browned.  Add ¼ 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.

 2. / Return pan to medium-high heat; add remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add bell pepper and onion; sautè 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and remaining ¼ cup vinegar; cook 1 minute or until vinegar is syrupy.

 3. / Arrange chicken mixture evenly over bottom halves of bread (chiabatta bread’s the way to go!), top with bell pepper mixture. Arrange cheese over pepper mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper. Top with top halves of bread.

Place a heavy skillet on top of sandwiches, let stand 5 minutes. Cut each sandwich into 6 wedges.  Or use sandwich rolls, and don’t cut.

** Susanna suggests toasting the bread slightly under the broiler and melting the cheese on the slices before topping with the veggies and chicken, but whatever you have time for.  I made time for that one and I am a better human being for it.  I swear.

Enjoy!

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Happy weekend to you ALL.