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I told my husband the other night that I needed to run to the market for a couple things, but that when I came home I would make Open Faced Italian Chicken Sandwiches for dinner. He knew it would be a little on the late side, but he said he'd feed the kids while I was out and then wait to eat his own dinner with me when I returned. My quickie shopping trip turned epic, and I didn't get home until much (much) later than expected. But he was so excited about the sandwiches he waited! And to hear him tell it, he was NOT disappointed.
Open Faced Italian Chicken Sandwiches are crazy easy to make and full of yummy flavors. My mouth is watering just thinking about these bad boys! If you have ten minutes and a hankering for something delicious, this has got to be your go-to! I used leftover roasted chicken in ours, but you could totally grab a rotisserie chicken, or even canned chicken!
If you wanted to get all fancy, you could totally add onions and garlic to the sauce - or you could do what I did and grab some spaghetti sauce that is made with sauteed onion and garlic! WIN!
If you're feeling industrious, by all means, make your own crusty bread (here's my recipe!) - but if we're being honest, I totally grabbed a loaf from the market bakery. Maybe one day I'll have time to bake all our own bread, but today? Today is not that day.
Pile, pile, pile that chicken on! This is not a French Bread Pizza, this is an Italian Chicken Sandwich. Saucy chicken is the rockstar here! We're teetering very close to an Italian Chicken Sloppy Joe, but we don't even care! Caution to the wind! Pile it ON!
CHEEEEEESE! I recently read somewhere that cheese is as addicting as crack. I've never tried crack, but I know a few people (furtively raises hand) who could use a cheese intervention, so I believe it!
I topped ours with some fresh chopped spinach and basil. If you don't have it on hand, don't worry! But if you do, go ahead and garnish! It adds a nice fresh finish that goes well with all the heavy cheesy goodness.
Open Faced Italian Chicken Sandwiches, Ingredients:
- Italian or French baguette, cut lengthwise and into as many servings as you like.
- 3 cups chopped or shredded chicken
- 1 cup spaghetti sauce
- 1 - 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- optional: fresh basil and/or baby spinach leaves
Open Faced Italian Chicken Sandwiches, Directions:
- In a saucepan combine chicken and spaghetti sauce, bring to a simmer.
- Place sliced baguettes onto a sheet pan and pile chicken, then cheese over top.
- Place under broiler for 2 - 3 minutes (watch closely!) until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Garnish with basil and spinach.
I made our Open Faced Italian Chicken Sandwiches with Ragu Spaghetti Sauce. I love Ragu because not only is it affordable (yay!), but it contains no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. You can lean more about the rich history of Ragu, as well as find tons more awesome recipes by clicking HERE to visit their web page!