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'Wich of the Week: Sunny Chicken Sandwich

'Wich of the Week: Sunny Chicken Sandwich

Sandwiches stand out for different reasons, and it often has nothing to do with gourmet ingredients or fancy sandwich shops. Sometimes, a sandwich tastes good because of the memories it evokes — hence, the proverbial PB&J like mom used to make. Other times, it's more about the sandwich experience than the sammie itself, as is the case with this week's 'wich.I recently organized a goodbye get-together for some friends who are moving cross country. Taking advantage of a sunny evening, we headed to the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, CA, south of San Francisco. This 150-year-old roadhouse has an enormous beer garden, cheap suds, and totally no-frills food that's perfect for picnic tables.

The divey joint is mostly known for greasy burgers served on flattened French rolls. The chicken sandwich was prepared pretty much the same way, except with chicken. While the soft, toasted roll was a nice touch, the most notable thing about this sandwich was the warm Summer evening and good friends surrounding it.

What sentimental sandwich experiences have you had lately? Share them and find out how to make my sunny chicken sandwich when you


Sunny Chicken Sandwich

Sunny Chicken Sandwich

Sunny Chicken Sandwich


  1. 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, butterflied and seasoned with salt and pepper
  2. 1 soft French roll
  3. 3 slices of tomato
  4. 3 slices of butter lettuce
  5. Yellow mustard, to taste


  1. Heat an outdoor grill or skillet to medium-hot. Grill chicken breast, turning once, until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.
  2. Slice the French roll in half horizontally, and spread yellow mustard on both sides.
  3. Lay the grilled chicken on the bottom half of the roll, followed by the tomato slices and lettuce.
  4. Reduce heat to low, and place the roll on the grill or skillet. Heat, turning once and flattening the sandwich with a spatula, for two minutes or until roll is lightly browned.
  5. Cut in half and serve warm.

Makes 1 sandwich.

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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Ahh the Alpine Inn. I live near by and it's one of the best. Although Yum if you like them you need to try Dutch Goose in Menlo Park. :)
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
cddly - the alpine inn has a pretty damn good veggie burger!
will205 will205 8 years
yum - have you thought about doing a tomato sandwich? i live in alabama and they are very popular this time of year - fried green tomato sandwiches are popular too. let me know if you need any ideas on how to perfect one! :-D
BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 8 years
yeah, i was thinking this was going to involve an egg, to which i thought.... yummy! i will have to toy around!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that makes me hungry and i don't even eat chicken. i might have to figure out the veggie alternative to this one...i wonder if you can do something with grilled tofu or with you've got me thinkin!
cddlykoala cddlykoala 8 years
I LOVE the Alpine Inn. I'm vegetarian, but this is the only place I will break that rule. Their burgers are just the perfect definition of "Sleazeburger"!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
My most sentimental sandwich was shared with some excellent friends of mine in the central piazza in Florence. We were both in an early music choir that was touring and recording in Florence while I was in a Master's program at Oxford. That afternoon, I found out that I hadn't made it past the qualifying examinations for the doctoral program and, over happy-hour beers and prosecco accompanied by free canapes and sandwiches, my friends and I stood in the Cafe Perseo overlooking the piazza for a good three hours just chatting about how much we'd all enjoyed each other. It was a truly disappointing examination result, but I couldn't have asked for better people, a better atmosphere, or more tasty sandwiches. Of sandwiches, I think we had anchovy and butter, prosciutto and basil pesto, tomato and mozarella, and a whole host of other little bites. Even more special about the locale, I'd gone to the same cafe (and same happy hour) with college friends five years earlier, immediately after graduation, and had been there with my girlfriend only three months prior. I miss my choir friends wildly, but I'll always enjoy the memory of that afternoon. Incidentally, if you want a copy of the disc we recorded, private message me for details.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Awl. :( By the name, I was thinking that the mustard was an over-easy egg. *sigh* Maybe I'll just make my OWN sunny sammich.
opisnowpro opisnowpro 8 years
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