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. Tawnie Tomlinson 01.18.2012

    I live in Grand Cayman so I may be a little biased! However you should come in January next year for our annual Cayman Cookout – lots of celebrity chefs come down for the ultimate epicurean experience!

    However anytime of year is great!

  2. jessiejoelle 01.18.2012

    Did you get your welded sculpture (a butterfly?) at the Farmers’ Market? Is it a Randy Schnebbe piece?

  3. danielle 01.18.2012

    Jamaica is amazing. Perfect weather, friendly people, gorgeous beaches. . . what more could you want? Climb Dunns River Falls if you go!

  4. Stephanie 01.18.2012

    If you could go to Costa Rica, that would be wonderful! Manuel Antonio and many other parts on the coasts are beautiful-beaches, rainforests, eats, culture! :) I think Belize, Tahiti, Fiji, Bora Bora, or Hawaii sound great!

  5. julie 01.18.2012

    omg i’m going through SUCH a major ceasar kick right now hahaha i’m like obsessed with parm cheese and chicken and these look delicious! thanks for sharing lady!

  6. Allison 01.18.2012

    I’m planning on a honeymoon for next August, so it is interesting to read all the comments on people’s favorite warm weather destinations. I would like to go to Hawaii, but not sure yet whether we can afford it.

  7. Nancy 01.18.2012

    Sandwich thins help to make any sandwich better. I’m amazed what we did before someone came up with the idea. Chicken Caesar sounds like a great combo.

  8. Amanda 01.18.2012

    My sister got married in Belize & absolutely loved it! She said the food was fresh, the air is clean, & the sights are breathe taking. She would recommedend it! :)

  9. Rhonda 01.18.2012

    Where did you find the brand/flavor of Caesar dressing?

  10. Those sammies look good! Beautiful pictures! I think it’s hilarious Ben doubled up on the veggies. :)

    I would say Jamaica! Kath’s trip looked beautiful.

  11. Jenn 01.18.2012

    IGE, I miss when you used to make more vegetarian recipes! I am veggie, and I always love looking at everything you make, but meals like these sandwiches are pretty tough to make vegetarian. Hopefully you have some meatless Mondays (and more days!!) coming up in the next few weeks :)

    PS: Jamaica sounds awesome, but I’ve heard Belize is absolutely beautiful as well!

  12. Peyton 01.18.2012

    We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon last April and it was GREAT!! It barely rained, water was beautiful and everyone was so nice. We stayed at the Sandles Whitehouse Resort and it was just what we were looking for!!! Look it up on Trip Advisor!

  13. Brenda 01.18.2012

    St Maarten! We r here now!!

  14. Carrie 01.18.2012

    BELIZE!!! I spent last spring break there!!! We stayed in Placencia, then out on Frigate Caye for 3 days camping on beach, then hiked into jungle and spent the night! We spent our last couple days at Caves Branch resort!! great trip!!! Great place to visit! been to Jamaica and I wouldn’t go back :( Enjoy your trip wherever you go!

  15. Allison 01.18.2012

    Yum on a bun! I’m not a big caesar salad fan because usually they’re super heavy and creamy, but a lighter dressing can make all the difference and a great salad! This sounds fab sandwich style or on top of a bed of lettuce…

    P.S. I’ve been making garlic-parm toast almost every other night the past two weeks- LOVE IT :D

  16. Heather 01.18.2012

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! Toasting the bread definitely makes a difference. The boyfriend couldn’t stop talking about it and made me add this to my “make again” list! Outstanding. Super easy and delish!

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