Herbed Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Cooking Light has a great piece on summer sandwiches in the August issue.  I want to try all of them.  In fact … you know that movie, Julie & Julia?  Where the food blogger makes and blogs about each of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking?  Well, I’m gonna make all those sandwich recipes.  That’s right, all five of them!  Here’s the first.
Actually, it’s the fourth.  I think Julie went in order from start to finish – gads, I’ve already broken the rule.  Oh well.  This is a really nice little sandwich – it even made a tarragon liker out of me (an herb I’ve always professed to dislike).  Thanks to the addition of a little Greek yogurt and a hint of fresh lemon juice, the dressing gives a lighter feel than your typical mayonnaise-based chicken salad.  Rye bread is called for but I’m not a fan, so I swapped in slices of toasted Tuscan loaf, which was yuuuuu-mmy.

Substituting ingredients might be bending another J&J rule — I’m so totally getting dq’d from this self imposed contest.  So, unless I get thrown out in the meantime, stay tuned if you’re in to easy summer sandwiches.  I can’t wait to try them all!

Serves:  4
Source:  Cooking Light Magazine, August 2011; p. 112.  Recipe by Jackie Newgent.

1 T. finely chopped fresh tarragon
3 T. mayonnaise
3 T. 2% plain Greek yogurt
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/8 t. kosher salt
2 c. chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (remember these are on sale every Tuesday until Nov 1, 2011!)
1/4 c. minced sweet onion
8 slices rye sandwich bread (**see note)
4 red leaf lettuce leaves
1 c. microgreens or baby arugula

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir in chicken and onion.  Top each of 4 bread slices with 1 lettuce leaf, about 1/2 cup packed chicken salad, 1/4 cup microgreens, and 1 bread slice.

CALORIES: 382; FAT: 9g; PROTEIN: 30.2g; CARB: 42.9g; FIBER: 5.1g

NOTE:  There are two good SALE options for bread this week if rye isn’t your deal:  the Ecce Panis French Rolls (LOVE), and the Sendik’s Artisan Ciabatta (DOUBLE LOVE).  Both would be excellent here.

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