Cajun Chicken Sandwich

Thursday, January 15, 2009

We love eating chicken sandwiches! Over the next week I am going to post our favorites. Cajun Chicken Sandwich is Justin and Andrew’s favorite (I have to admit that I love it too)! I am sure you have gone to a grill and bar and ordered a chicken sandwich for $5-$10, it’s crazy! You can make the same sandwich at home in 10 minutes for much cheaper, and if you follow these directions it will taste just as good, promise!!

Buns (we prefer Sara Lee White Bakery Buns found in the hamburger bun aisle at our supermarket)
Skinless boneless chicken breast
Cajun Seasoning
Salt (most important ingredient, don’t forget it!)
Butter spread
Olive or vegetable oil
Sliced cheese (we prefer provolone slices)

Loosely wrap the chicken breast in plastic wrap and beat it flat with a rolling pin (Carrie’s preference) or skillet (Justin’s preference). I have no sense of measurement but you want the chicken about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Put a tablespoon of oil in your skillet and set your stove on high heat, you want the pan really hot before you put the chicken in so it will give it a nice sear. Unwrap the beaten chicken and sprinkle Cajun seasoning and salt on both sides. When you see steam/smoke rising off the oil in the skillet it’s hot enough to add the chicken.

Put the seasoned chicken in the skillet. Leave it alone while it cooks, letting it cook for 2-4 minutes on each side.

While the chicken is cooking smear the butter spread on the inside of your buns and place them butter side up on a cookie sheet. Now you need to toast them in the oven. I set the oven to broil and they toast up in 1-2 minutes. I then add a slice of cheese to one side of the buns and stick it back in for 30 seconds to let it melt.

Since the chicken is so thin it will be done in 5-10 minutes, it will be very juicy with a beautifully colored sear. As soon as the chicken and buns are ready assemble your sandwich and eat immediately. The sandwich is very good just like this but you can also add a condiment. Justin mixes mustard, spicy brown mustard, and honey creating a spicy honey mustard, he likes on his Cajun Chicken Sandwich. I like my Cajun Chicken Sandwich with some lettuce and tomato. Andrew likes his plain. It’s all personal preference at this point!

Now… what do you do with your leftover buns? We make more chicken sandwiches of course! Check back on Saturday, I will make my favorite chicken sandwich ;-)