Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A blast from my past

Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches
Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2000 Copyright 1999

1/2 cup canola oil you definitely do not need that much oil but I would use 1-2 tablespoons
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 pounds)
4 hard rolls or croissants
1 cup finely shredded lettuce
8 tomato slices
4 green pepper rings I skipped this
1/4 cup mayonnaise, optional

In a blender, combine the first six ingredients; cover and process until smooth. I just mixed it together. Reserve 1/4 cup. Pour remaining sauce into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and refrigerate overnight.

Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Broil chicken 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes per side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. I used my Griddler.

On bottom half of each roll or croissant, layer lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and green pepper. Drizzle with reserved sauce; spread with mayonnaise if desired. Replace tops.

Yield: 4 servings

I can remember when a grilled chicken sandwich was something exciting to see on a menu. Thanks to Susan Powter, the 80s were all about avoiding fat and before the grilled chicken sandwich started appearing on menus, we mainly had burgers, hot dogs and breaded fried chicken to eat on buns. I remember when a place in the food court at the Gallery in Philly started serving a grilled chicken sandwich and I was so happy even though it was actually quite boring when I think about it now.

Eventually everyone was serving grilled chicken sandwiches and eventually they just fell off my radar all together, I got so bored with them. I still made grilled chicken breast but with our attention turned from fat to carbs, I didn't turn them into sandwiches anymore. I guess I was feeling nostalgic last week and I was also looking for a quick sandwich idea for dinner so I went retro and put the grilled chicken on buns.

The marinade gave the chicken great flavor - much better than I used to get at the food court. It was a nice change from burgers.

Question of the Day: Did you get caught up in the fat-free craze?


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, no. :/


kd said...

I remember the T-Fal book - always was counting fat grams.
Now, yes - I am careful as to how much fat, but now I pay more attention to processed, fake stuff - making sure to eat things with the least amount of ingredients!

Annie Jones said...

I've never counted calories, fat grams or anything. Actually, I have never been on any kind of weight loss diet. When I was younger, I was waif-like thin and always trying to gain weight (to no avail). When I was 38, I was diagnosed and treated for a thyroid disorder and the weight (and curves) I'd always wanted finally came. My weight is average now (165 on 5'7", size 12) and I couldn't be happier.

Like KD, though, I am trying to eat simpler, healthier foods in general.

Velva said...

Yes, I did. Why? I have no idea. I have learned over the years to just enjoy my food. Every few years, it is another food craze and some ingredient is made to be evil. Now, it's carbs and sugar. Whatever!
I just love to eat :-)

Heather said...

Oh yes, when I was in college and MUCH smaller than I am now, I was all about that T-Factor Diet or whatever it was called - it is amusing to think about it now because it was fine to eat all the carbs you wanted, just not the fat. Bagels, baked potatoes, pretzels I especially remember. Someone I worked with (who did not need to lose weight but thought she did) would have the HUGEST bag of pretzels with her all the time.