Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

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I have a recipe you have got to try. It’s easy, ready in 30 minutes, and insanely delish.

Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches!

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I featured this recipe in a Friday Favorites post a few weeks ago, and have been chomping at the bit to make them since. I’m not a huge Caesar Salad girl, but for some reason this sandwich lingered in the back of my mind, practically calling my name. Maaaaake me! it demanded. So I did! :)

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The original recipe was a crock pot recipe using chicken thighs, but I shortened the cooking time, and lowered the calories, by poaching-then-shredding chicken breasts. That’s just 2 chicken breasts cut in half, cooked in boiling water for about 10 minutes, then shredded by hand.

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After the chicken was shredded, I placed it in a sauce pan and started adding goodies like Brianna’s Homestyle Asiago Caesar Dressing. I think the reason I’m not a huge fan of Caesar Salads is because the dressing is never quite right. This dressing is the ‘ISH, people! Best Caesar dressing I have ever had, hands down.

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To the chicken and dressing I added 1/4 cup of an Italian shredded cheese blend,

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and dried parsley and pepper.

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While the chicken and mix-ins warmed, I toasted up a couple Arnold Sandwich Thins, that I had spread with a little Earth Balance, and dusted with garlic powder.

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It made all the difference! These golden brown and crispy buns held up so well to the saucy chicken, and that pop of garlic-butter was insane.

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After they were toasted I piled on the chicken, added a few leaves of ice-cold romaine, and called it a day dinner!

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Pulled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Print this recipe!

Serves 4-5

Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Ingredients:
2 large chicken breasts (about 1lb total)
1/2 cup Caesar dressing
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Pepper
Romaine lettuce , torn
Sandwich Thins (or any other 100 calorie thin bun)
Earth Balance (or butter)
Garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Poach chicken breasts by cutting each breast in half, then placing in a large pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and let cool slightly, then shred.
  2. Place chicken, Caesar dressing, cheese, parsley flakes and pepper, into a saucepan over low heat until warmed through.
  3. Thinly spread Earth Balance onto each bun half, sprinkle with garlic powder, and toast under the broiler. Spoon chicken onto toasted buns, and top with romaine lettuce.

 

Unbelievable, I’m telling you. It was ready in a jiff, and that dressing was so crazy good! You’ve gotta find it! :)

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I served some fresh, crunchy veggies on the side.

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Ben’s all “Um, what’s this?” when I put it down in front of him.

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Then proceeded to double up the carrots and celery when I informed him that eating them was mandatory. ;)

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I force because I love! ;)

In other news, it finally happened…

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We got SNOW last night. :( I had no idea it was coming and threw a fit I’m glad no neighbors were around to see when I opened up the garage door this morning.

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Tropical vacation search is going into high gear this evening…

Have a great night!

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What’s your favorite warm weather destination?

I’ve been to Mexico a dozen times, so right now I’m thinking Jamaica, Belize or Costa Rica for a spring break trip. Weigh in with your thoughts?!

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Comments

  1. Sarah 01.17.2012

    I have never been on a tropical vacation, but we are leaving next friday for an Eastern Caribbean cruise. St Thomas, St Marteen and Disney’s Castaway Cay. So excited!

  2. Molly 01.17.2012

    ah Grand Cayman! Just got back yesterday…its incredible!

  3. Trish 01.17.2012

    I really love the flavor of a ceasar salad, but I’ve never actually been into eating an actual salad. It’s so strange. I like everything that goes onto a salad and I love dressing, but I just don’t like it all put together in an actual salad. People think I’m crazy! But this looks totally awesome and I WILL be trying it :)

  4. I hate creamy dressings so a vinaigrette-based dressing sounds divine!

    I think we are honeymooning in Antigua or St. Lucia… heard Costa Rica is amaze, though!

  5. Kelly F 01.17.2012

    Apparently I don’t have to leave to get warm weather!! It wa 75 deg in Texas today… Which turned into 80 deg in my apartment, we had to turn on the air!

  6. Ashley 01.17.2012

    My boyfriend would look at that sandwich as it was an appetizer, ha! It looks yummy though!

    We had snow this past weekend, but then today it was 60 degrees. Go figure!

  7. Kalyn B. 01.17.2012

    Cost Rica is so beautiful! You should definatly go sometime. My dad is from their so we go every other year, and let me tell you its a sight to see from coast to coast. And its way warm!

  8. Bookmarked! These look wonderful and so darn simple!

  9. Jeri 01.17.2012

    I made these while my husband was gone for work and he was so mad. So I saved him some of the leftovers. Those sandwich thins and the toasting and the butter and the garlic…MARVELOUS! I will say I just prefer the thighs…’cuz I’m a dark meat gal, breasts are never moist enough for me.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.17.2012

      You should try the poaching method some time – the breasts turn out *so* juicy! (That sounded terrible, but you know what I mean… ;) )

      • Jeri 01.17.2012

        Yes, I’ve tried poaching. I’m just picky. It works (kinda) for the initial meal, but then the leftovers are SO dry.

  10. nicoleigh 01.17.2012

    That looks delicious! It has been added to my ‘MUST MAKE’ list. :)

  11. Cait 01.17.2012

    Went to Costa Rica last year – absolutely loved it. Surfing was so fun and there is so much to do. The country is so beautiful.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.17.2012

      I am dying to surf in CR (I had a dream about it the other night…!) What area did you go to?

      • Cait 01.17.2012

        Tamarindo. It’s a little surf town on the Pacific coast – easy to get around on foot, great open-air restaurants, and lots of cute little boutique hotels (+ a bigger resort w/ great pools in the middle of town). Such a fun and laid-back vibe, I really want to go back someday.

  12. Costa Rica is definitely on my bucket list!

  13. We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon – 7 years ago. It was a fantastic place to relax! But it didn’t seem like there was much to see – although we didn’t stray very far from our beach and bedroom. ;)

  14. Dee 01.17.2012

    Don’t you just love the deli thins, they are perfect for burgers too! This recipe sounds great

  15. Katie C 01.17.2012

    I LOVE Caesar wraps, so this looks absolutely delicious! Will have to put this on the menu next week!
    Costa Rica is beautiful! If you go, make sure to zipline and/or white-water raft!

  16. Nancy 01.17.2012

    we are leaving for Costa Rica tomorrow in fact! We’ve been to the place we are staying before and the food was fabulous

  17. Michelle 01.17.2012

    Where do you get that cesar dressing at?

  18. Lindsey B 01.17.2012

    I’ve heard lots of good reviews about St. Thomas. Something to check out! Can’t wait to try these sandwiches!

  19. Virginia 01.17.2012

    I’m thinking you should totally visit Costa Rica! It is gorgeous over there and I’m pretty sure you’ll have an amazing time! I see more votes for CR… plus, Latin American food to try? Sold! :)

  20. Shannon 01.17.2012

    Yum. These look great! Now why do you eat Earth Balance and not butter. I haven’t looked into Earth Balance but I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately.

  21. Puerto Vallerta! I’ve found tons of great deals there recently!

  22. shutupandrun 01.17.2012

    Went to Costa Rica last year. The Manuel Antonio area is amazing. Lots of homes to rent, dramatic cliffs and beaches, great restaurants, monkeys. We also loved the Arenal volcano, which is inland. Guanacaste is nice too and there is the most amazing Marriot resort there. You will not find nicer people anywhere!

  23. Jennie M 01.17.2012

    Jamaica! We stayed at an all-inclusive resort and did very little for a week. Did venture out to tour 2 waterfalls and a sugarcane plantation/rum distillery.

  24. HAHA Ben putting the carrots and celery together is totally something my boyfriend would do! I always make him veggies and he scarfs them down leaving the “best for last” which is obviously, never the veggies. We do force because we love :)

    And favorite warm weather vacation destination – definitely the Santorini Greece! LOVE that place!

  25. sheena hanson 01.17.2012

    Aruba. You’ll be glad you did

  26. sheena hanson 01.17.2012

    By the way how. Do you register on your blog? Ive got now clue how people have the pictures on their comments

  27. Jess 01.17.2012

    Ocho Rios, Jamaica is wonderful. I have also been to Mexico and Jamaica is so much better:)

  28. Lindsey 01.17.2012

    Phoenix and Costa Rica! But I really want to go to Hawaii this year and it could be a new favorite for sure.

  29. Urban Wife 01.17.2012

    Definitely Costa Rica! We went there for our honeymoon and I have to say, it’s such a great bang for your buck. Tropical and perfect this time of year, too.

  30. Molly 01.17.2012

    Ocho Rios, Jamaica..Couples Resort was perfect!!

  31. Patti 01.17.2012

    Favorite warm weather trip = Hawaii! Totally unrelated but I made your Green Monster today. My blender is probably not super powerful because I couldn’t get it as smooth as yours but it was totally delicious! And it kept me full till lunch! Going to make another one tomorrow morning so thanks and love your blog!

  32. Johanna 01.17.2012

    Those look so good! I’d also like to try it in a wrap :)

  33. These sandwiches look great!

    I also love your lawn ornament…I have one similar…mine is a snail! I want the farmer’s market to start again so I can buy another one for my backyard!

  34. Kristen 01.17.2012

    We’ve been to Bahamma’s, Honduras and Costa Rica. Definitely Costa Rica if you’re looking for an adventurous yet relaxing vacay! We stayed at the RIU Guanacaste (all inclusive). We went in late June/early July and got an AMAZING deal (rainy season–which rains no more than Florida on a typical summer day). We rented a car from the airport–drove cross country (to really see the sights)–did the zip lining, waterfalls, etc.–and saw a plenty of howler monkeys near our resort. It was a blast–If you want to see our pics–friend me on FABO–kristen stamey, GA :)

  35. Rachael 01.17.2012

    I’m with you, I have been finding myself looking at and dreaming about carribran vacations lately. Not too sure I’m ready to jump on a cruise ship, but I would gladly slip away to a sand covered beach for a week or two. I’m definitely going to be trying this one. It looks easy-peas and quick, both of which are right up my alley. Btw, I enjoyed a Green Monster this weekend and have to say, I’ll surely be making more in the future. Mmm! Also, my MIL lives in Orange City and has many sisters and family in Sioux City. This VA born, TN transplant now, girl likes Iowa visits but thinks the smells of swine are somewhat overpowering. :-/ Found your site a few days ago and just wanted to say keep it up!!

  36. Kelly 01.17.2012

    Hawaii is my favorite-stop for pineapple at a roadside stand on the Road to Hana!

  37. Karen Sigler 01.17.2012

    St. Lucia is wonderful!! But you probably can’t go wrong with anywhere that has the SUN and SAND! Enjoy!

  38. Danyel 01.17.2012

    I know everyone is saying Costa Rica and I can’t vouch for that but Belize has the most incredible waters and snorkeling-biggest barrier reef this side of Australia!

  39. My family lives in San Antonio, Texas so I always feel so lucky to be able to go home to Texas in the winter months. It gets cold there, but nothing compared to Iowa and DC.

    Your sandwich looks awesome!! You did it again ;)

  40. lynn 01.17.2012

    Spent part of a trip a few months ago on Panama’s Taboga Island, just 12 miles off the coast of Panama City on the Pacific side. Love the whole country, but Taboga Island is something truly special. Few cars and mostly uninhabited, the island is awesome for walking, birdwatching, and laying in the sun.

    We’re heading to Cartagena when we go back to Colombia this April. I hear it has gorgeous beaches and great colonial architecture. I’ll let you know. :)

  41. Mich 01.17.2012

    Belize all the way! Exotic and beautiful and affordable and waaaay less trendy than CR or any caribbean island! Email me if you want specifics :)

  42. MareMare 01.17.2012

    I can’t recommend Costa Rica highly enough! I’ve done a little bit of traveling and Costa Rica is by far the best place I’ve ever been. I was lucky enough to do a 2 week mini Spanish immersion program in college, one week in the mountains and one week on the Western coast. Amazing fresh food (fresh pineapple at every meal? yes please!), beautiful terrain and wildlife, lovely people.

  43. Erin 01.18.2012

    My husband and I went to CR for our honeymoon a little over a year ago, and it was fantastic! We stayed at three spots across the country – Paradisus in Guanacaste (on the west side of the country), Tabacon in the Arenal Volcano region (AMAZING! Went whitewater rafting and swam in hot springs here), and Peace Lodge (less than 1 hour away from the San Jose airport). One of my favorite vacations of all time!

  44. Trisha 01.18.2012

    I totally hear you on the visiting Mexico a dozen times, but I just got back from Playa del Carmen and it’s still as amazing as ever. Plus, it’s a total foodie town! Sooo many amazing restaurants.
    Next vote would be for Costa Rica.

  45. Hope 01.18.2012

    My fiance would flip if I made this for dinner! He is a huge Caesar salad fan so in sandwich form it would be even better! Looks delish :)

  46. Melissa 01.18.2012

    I made these last week after seeing them on your Friday Favs. So yum!

    I’ve never been to St. John, but my friend is there right now and keeps posting ridiculously gorgeous photos on facebook. So, yeah. I’d say go there!!!

  47. Costa Rica has been on my list for a while-I’ve heard great things about it!

  48. I went to Jamaica last February with the bf. We had an amazing time! I’m pretty sad that this winter will not include a warm weather vaca :( Womp womp for paying bills and not splurging haha.

  49. Ashley 01.18.2012

    My hubby and I went to Montego Bay, Jamaica two years ago during spring break and loved it! We had a 9 month old baby at home so we were just looking to relax and weren’t really looking to do anything other than lay on the beach with plenty of cocktails, but it was very relaxing and absolutely gorgeous!

  50. Kristin from MN 01.18.2012

    We are planning a vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for March/April. The pictures of the white sand beaches look incredible! Has anyone else been there that has any advice???

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