Grill of my Dreams
When the Mike/Mitch Project began it was cold outside and there was snow on the ground. A lot of snow. Maybe you remember.
As I read through the recipes in Damn Good Food I realized that many of them would have to wait until the summer because they required the use of a grill. I have been waiting to try the Charred Chicken Breast Sandwiches for about six months. Not because it looked delicious and I was yearning for a time when it would be warm enough to grill something. Those both may be true, but I wanted to make this recipe because it looked easy. When I was putting together a cooking calendar back in January I had just finished making Heuvos Rancheros and I wanted something that didn’t see too complicated. For a HK recipe this one is easy. You grill some chicken breasts and put ‘em on a bun. Done and done.
OK, you have to make your own Chipotle Mayonaise and because you can’t actually buy boneless chicken breasts with skin-on you have to debone the breasts, but on a scale of 1 to Reubens, this recipe is a 2 – maybe a 3. Making my own mayo is a snap these days and the only extra ingredient to turn it into Chipotle Mayonnaise is Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, which I had in my freezer from making (…pause to indicate ironic twist…) Heuvos Rancheros. The skin on direction was a bit of a curve that my frozen brain didn’t really consider back in the heart of winter. I can’t complain too much because I am not really sure you can call what I did deboning. I just grabbed a knife and cut off the biggest peices of meat that I could. It seemed to work and I ended up with three good pieces of meat and about a half a pound of extra chunks. I threw the chunks on a skewer and cooked them up with the breasts. Max wasn’t interested in a chicken sandwich, but once he tasted one of the small pieces of chicken he ate the whole skewers worth.
It was worth waiting for grilling season because the sandwiches were delicious. I served them with some snap peas I bought at the 7th Place Farmers Market in Saint Paul and a handful of pretzels.
Recipe #99: Charred Chicken Breast Sandwich
Recipe #8b: Chipotle Mayonnaise
Damn Good Food Quote of the Day: …leave the skin on. I mean it. If you remove the skin, I won’t let you make this sandwich. Go home. – Mitch Omer