Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our Version of Chicken Vesuvio

       Well lets start with our Garlic Bread as I make my own. Once a month I buy 6 loaves of Italian Bread from my local Sams Club. I take...   
3 sticks of real butter
a few Tsps of Garlic chopped 
a large dash of Garlic Salt
       I usually pull the butter out before I leave to shop. (so it can soften) I mash it with a fork in a glass bowl add the Garlic and Garlic Salt and mix well. I split all 6 loaves down the middle. Then I spread the Garlic Butter on with a butter knife. Match the bread back up into the 6 loaves, slice in half and put I loaf in 6 separate Gallon Size Freezer Bags. Then toss in the freezer! Its very nice to have fresh garlic bread at your fingertips. Now lets get on with the recipe.

2-3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1- 2 loaves of Garlic Bread
1 Clove of Garlic (dice the entire clove)
1/4 stick of Butter
Any Dry Season Spice (we use Adobo)
Quesadilla/Queso Cheese (sliced into strips then cut the strips in pieces)

        Season your Chicken Breasts and cook them preferably on the grill. If that is not convenient throw them in the broiler or fry them on the stove in some EVOO.   While your Chicken Breasts are cooking throw your 1/4 stick of butter in a small frying pan and add your Garlic cook it up for about 5mins or so and shut it off and leave in the pan. Get your Garlic Bread cooked. (we cooked ours on the grill as well as the chicken) I let the Cooked Chicken Breasts rest for about 5mins. Then I sliced them up into pieces (not to thick)
        Now get ready to make your sandwich! Lay out your Garlic Bread and add some slices of Chicken Breast add your Queso Cheese and you can actually throw this in the microwave or under a broiler for just a few seconds to melt the cheese only. Spoon about a Tsp of your garlic from the pan on top of the Chicken and Cheese and drizzle a little of the butter on as well. Add a 2nd piece of Garlic Bread to the top and Enjoy!!
        We have had these at a local restaurant and our version actually tasted better to us! Later on in the night we decided to split another sandwich. So I used 1/4 stick of butter and a new clove of Garlic in the pan as I did in the earlier version. Since these were the leftovers I added the chicken strips straight to the pan and once they were heated with the cooked Garlic I added the cheese to the pan shut it off and just simply stirred for about 2 mins until all the cheese was melted. We then just spooned the mixture onto the Garlic Bread we had reheated in the microwave. We actually thought the leftovers were better.

        That reheated version would be perfect for a delicious and easy meal with little prep if you cooked the Chicken the day before a busy day or a Monday!!

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