I pulled chicken out of the freezer yesterday not knowing what I would end up cooking for dinner. I love these thin chicken breasts that I buy at Wal-mart. They're in the organic section. They are perfect for a quick dinner. I figured none of us would be in the mood for a big meal so I decided to just do sandwiches. BJ's in Norman has a chicken, bacon, guacamole sandwich that's one of our favorites and I decided to try to duplicate it.
This sandwich really is pretty basic. You could also very well do a wrap!
The longest part of this whole process was making the bacon. I know I could microwave it but it just isn't the same to me. I'm a weird purist when it comes to things like that. I like to do it the traditional way.
Sometimes I'll take my cast iron skillet outside and cook bacon on the grill so my whole house won't smell like bacon for hours, but it was 104 degrees yesterday at 5 pm and I didn't want to stand out there at all much less by a grill.
I drain the bacon grease out of the skillet and then JUST before cooking the chicken I add a little bit of Dale's seasoning to the chicken. I didn't want it to marinate in it for long because it really soaks it up. Over medium-high heat I cooked the chicken breasts for about 2 minutes on each side. It really didn't take long because they're thin.
Once the chicken breasts have browned on each side I place them on a baking sheet and place them in the oven at 350. Then I start preparing my veggies, and prepare the buns, etc.. They probably weren't in there for more than 5 minutes. Add cheese to the chicken at this point.
I had hoped to find ciabatta bread but I refused to go back into Wal-mart so I just went to our smaller store. They had fresh hamburger buns but no ciabatta bread.. it was good enough for me. Anything to avoid the big store. The same goes for the lettuce. I'd hoped to find some beautiful bib lettuce but it wasn't in stock. Oh well, such is life! It's all about compromise!
Assembly was a breeze. I happened to have some cool guacamole dip left over so we used that, but I think some avocado hunks would have been yummy too.
The family all gave this big thumbs up! And lots of "mmmmm's"
All in all this was really a pretty quick recipe! Give it a try!
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!