Chicken, Genoa, Green Olive and Tomato Melt
Boneless chicken breasts turn out really moist and flavorful when quick-cooked along with some sautéed onion and garlic. Add Genoa salami, green olives, a splash of balsamic vinegar, some fresh tomatoes and melted provolone cheese and you end up with a hot chicken sub that's a little bit out of the ordinary. We recommend using good sized pitted green olives for their nutty, less briny flavor, but your standard pimento stuffed variety will work fine too.
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 lb Genoa salami, thinly sliced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (see recipe notes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 12 large pitted green olives, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 8 slices provolone cheese
- Dried oregano
- 4 hoagie rolls, split
Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6-inches below the heat.
Pound the chicken to 1/2-inch thickness and season very lightly on both sides with salt and pepper. Slice the Genoa salami into 1/2-inch strips and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook until soft, 1-1/2 minutes longer. Add the chicken to the pan and turn several times with tongs to coat with the onion-garlic mixture. Continue cooking, turning frequently until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Add the sliced chicken back to the pan along with the balsamic vinegar, genoa salami strips and sliced olives. Toss with tongs to combine well.
Divide the chicken, salami and olive mixture between the 4 rolls. Top each sandwich with tomato and 2 slices of provolone cheese. Arrange the sandwiches on a broiler pan and place under the heat until the cheese is melted and starting to bubble, about 1-1/2 minutes. Remove, and sprinkle the tops with dried oregano to taste. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings
Note that we don't call for any additional salt and pepper in this recipe beyond a light seasoning of the chicken prior to cooking. The Genoa salami and olives provide plenty of flavor without any additional salt, but don't omit the sprinkling of oregano - it really adds a nice finishing touch.