Italian Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches with Pesto & Tomato Sauce

Italian Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches

with Pesto & Tomato Sauce

30 MIN
+$1.99/serving 4 Servings
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    From the Test Kitchen

    These satisfying sandwiches feature golden focaccia bread—first toasted in the oven, then rubbed with a whole clove of garlic to add aromatic depth of flavor––layered with melty cheese, tomato-dressed chicken, and verdant pesto. For a complementary side, we’re serving a vibrant salad filled with crunchy cucumbers and peppery arugula.

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      980 Cals (est.)
    Italian Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches with Pesto & Tomato Sauce
    • 20 oz Hot Italian Pork Sausage
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Piece Focaccia Bread
    • 3 Tbsps Basil Pesto
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
    • 4 oz Shredded Fontina Cheese
    • 4 oz Arugula
    • 4 Persian Cucumbers
    • 1 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
    • 1 14-Oz Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients & make the dressing
    1 Prepare the ingredients & make the dressing

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the bread horizontally. Peel 2 cloves of garlic. Keeping 1 clove whole, using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate the remaining clove into a paste. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you'd like. Season with salt and pepper.

    2 Cook the chicken & sauce

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sausage in an even layer. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the sausage is cooked through. Turn off the heat.  

    Cook the chicken & sauce
    Toast the bread
    3 Toast the bread

    Meanwhile, place the halved bread, cut side up, on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Evenly top the bottom half with the fontina. Toast in the oven 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven. When cool enough to handle, carefully rub the top half with the peeled garlic clove; discard the clove.

    4 Finish & serve your dish

    Just before serving, add the arugula and sliced cucumbers to the bowl of dressing. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Assemble the sandwiches using the toasted bread, cooked sausage and sauce, and pesto. Using a serrated knife, cut the sandwiches into 4 equal-sized portions. Serve the finished sandwiches with the salad on the side. Enjoy!

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