Shredded Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 100 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $2.33
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Shredded Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
2Chicken Breasts
1Medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 cupFennel, thinly sliced
1/4 cupCured Black Olives, pits removed and roughly chopped
1/2 cupFrozen Spinach, broken up into small, 2-inch chunks
2 clovesGarlic
3 cups (750 ml)Tomato Puree
1 cupWater
2 tbspParmesan Cheese, grated
1 tbspGrape Seed Oil
8Whole Wheat Buns, sliced and toasted
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 tbspDried Mushrooms (shiitake or porcini)
1 tspFennel Seed, Dried Basil, Chili Flakes (optional)
Herb Salad
1/2 cupParsley
1 cupBitter Salad Greens (radicchio, arugula, etc.)
1/4 cupFennel Tops (optional)
1 tbspLemon Juice
1 tspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend the dried mushrooms, fennel seed, dried basil, and chili flakes in a spice grinder. Season the chicken breasts with the spice mixture, a pinch of salt and some black pepper.
  3. Add grape seed oil to a large grill pan or sauté pan over medium high heat. Sear each side of the chicken breasts for about 3 minutes, just until golden brown. Remove from pan and place in a baking dish.
  4. Add the onions to the pan (if the pan is dry, you can add a little more oil or some water). Saute until just soft. Add the garlic and fennel and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and some of the mushroom seasoning. Add the sauce to the baking dish, almost covering the chicken. Top with the olives and spinach pieces. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Bake for about 1 and ½ hours.
  5. Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven. Shred the chicken with two forks. Cover with grated parmesan cheese and broil in the oven for a couple minutes, until golden brown. Spoon some of the chicken and sauce onto a toasted bun. Toss the herb salad ingredients together and serve on the side.


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