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California Avocado and Chicken Summer Sandwich

California Avocado and Chicken Summer Sandwich
Total time:

15 min

Prep time:

0 min

Cook time:

15 min

This sandwich is bursting with fresh summer flavors thanks to the sweet basil pesto, earthy grilled onion and chicken, tangy goat cheese, luscious California Avocado, and slightly bitter greens. Layer them on a loaf of French bread and your picnic lunch is ready to be served!


Serving Size: 4

1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 Tbsp. Italian salad dressing
1/2 large red onion, cut into 4 rounds
1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 long French baguette
15 oz. goat cheese, softened
3/4 packed cup arugula
2 ripe Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
As needed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. basil pesto

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  1. Place the chicken and salad dressing in a bowl and stir until the chicken is well coated. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brush both sides of the onion with the olive oil and set aside on a plate.
  2. Heat a grill to medium-high. Lightly oil the hot grill. Grill the chicken and onion until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the onions are tender and lightly charred, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  3. Let the chicken cool slightly; slice into thin strips. Separate the onion into individual rings.
  4. Slice the baguette all the way through lengthwise. Spread the goat cheese evenly on the bottom half. Top with the chicken, onion, arugula, and avocado. Season with the salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spread the pesto on the top half of the baguette. Close the sandwich, cut into individual sandwiches and serve.

*Large avocados are recommended for these recipes. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

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