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Grilled chicken, thick sliced fresh mozzarella and a fabulous olive-vegie relish are layered on focaccia and drizzled with a Creamy Balsamic Dressing before getting it’s top put back on.  My Mediterranean Chicken Focaccia Sandwich is a fabulous gourmet “meal” on manna!

mediterranean chicken focaccia sandwich

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN FOCACCIA SANDWICH

Taking a trip to the Mediterranean coast of Europe over a weekend isn’t always possible. But you can always bring the flavors of the coastal region of Europe to your table!  This Mediterranean Chicken Focaccia Sandwich is a recipe that comes together really fast and really should be made ahead of time.

That makes it a great choice for a picnic!  The sandwich spends time in the refrigerator, weighed down by heavy cans or a cast iron skillet.  It’ll be all set to package up and transport to your picnic site, ready to be unwrapped and sliced when it’s time to serve.

LAYERS OF FLAVOR, TUCKED INTO A LOAF OF HERBED FOCACCIA!

Layers of delectable ingredients tucked into an herbed loaf of focaccia is the perfect way to celebrate the robust flavors of the Mediterranean!

Dig into this Summer meal on a loaf of bread: mediterranean chicken focaccia sandwich ingredients

  • Assorted gourmet greens
  • Fresh sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Grilled or roasted chicken breast
  • Mediterranean vegetable relish
  • Creamy Balsamic Dressing

 

The vegetable relish contains a combination of ripe, juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red onion and Kalamata olives.

Can you just taste it drizzled with some of the Creamy Balsamic Dressing?

And you notice that the dressing is white, right?  How can that be if it has balsamic vinegar in it?  Aha!  Balsamic vinegar also comes in a white variety!  Now you can make creamy dressings that don’t turn out an awful shade of “mud”!

The dressing is drizzled over both the relish and chicken layers, so it adds a ton of flavor to the sandwich.  You want to add enough dressing to moisten the ingredients, but not so much to make your bread soggy!  Don’t be too generous, you can always add more if you serve the remaining dressing on the side.

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mediterranean chicken focaccia sandwich

Mediterranean Chicken Focaccia Sandwich

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Grilled chicken, thick sliced fresh mozzarella and a fabulous olive-vegie relish are layered on focaccia and drizzled with a Creamy Balsamic Dressing before getting it's top put back on. It's a fabulous Mediterranean "meal" on bread!

Ingredients

  • Round loaf of focaccia bread, cut in half lengthwise
  • 16 oz. chicken breasts, grilled or sauteed and thickly sliced on bias
  • 1/2 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 cup plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarela, sliced (enough to cover focaccia)
  • 2-3 cups fresh greens
  • CREAMY BALSAMIC DRESSING
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in medium bowl until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Combine cucumber, onion, tomato, olives and parsley in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. ASSEMBLE SANDWICH: On bottom of focaccia, place a layer of greens that covers entire surface. Drain vegetable relish of accumulated liquid. Add a thick layer of vegetable relish over greens. Drizzle relish with 2-3 Tbsp. of dressing.
  4. Layer the mozzarella over relish, top with chicken slices, and lightly drizzle with 2-3 Tbsp. more of the dressing. (don't soak the chicken)
  5. Place the top on the sandwich and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for 1-3 hours with a weight on top to press sandwich while chilling.
  6. Unwrap, slice and serve with remaining dressing if desired.

Notes

A heavy cast iron skillet is great for weighing down your Mediterranean Chicken Focaccia Sandwich while it's chilling.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 238Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 41mgSodium 343mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 18g
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