Jen’s Chicken 42

There used to be a sandwich shop in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and my favorite sandwich was the #42. Salami, roasted red pepper, provolone, and aioli. So good. That was the inspiration for this recipe. I hope you love it!

Jen’s Chicken 42

2 ½ pounds chicken breasts (That’s about 2 ½. I slice them in half like a book to make reasonable 8 oz portions.)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning

Sprinkle and grill (outside or on a greased grill pan on the stove) til you reach an internal temp of 165 degrees F. When it reaches about 150, add two thin slices of provolone to each chicken breast to give them a chance to melt.

Distribute between your plates:
Arugula and spinach blend – a nice handful each
Chicken with provolone
Garlic aioli – about a Tablespoon each
3 slices salami each
Roasted red pepper strips
tomatoes
– thinly sliced (I used 3 total)
basil – You should use a little more. It was all that I had left. <sniff>

Serve with fragrant cantaloupe slices.


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