Spartan Grilled Chicken Melt with Olive Oil and Mustard
What happens when you combine a very traditional recipe for chicken in onion-feta sauce from Sparta, Greece, with the lunchtime favorite, tuna melt? Sparta chicken melt, with Vrisi 36 olive oils and Peloponnese mustard. Yum.To find some of the artisinal Greek products you'll need to make this, visit my online shop, where you'll discover a host of lovingly curated Greek ingredients.
- 2 large boneless chicken breasts trimmed and halved
- 3 tablespoons Vrisi 36 oregano essence olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Vrisi 36 tomato basil,olive-paste mustard
- 1 tablespoon Vrisi 36 Greek balsamic vinegar
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 2 large red onions halved and sliced
- 6 tablespoons Vrisi 36 Bold Delicate, or Organic extra virgin Greek olive oil
- 1 cup crumbled Greek feta
- 1 small bunch arugula baby Swiss chard or spinach, or kale
- Whole grain baguettes ciabatta or other good bread of choice
Whisk together the oregano essence Vrisi 36 olive oil, mustard, balsamic and black pepper. Marinate the chicken breast strips in this mixture, covered and refrigerated, for 15 minutes or up to an hour. Remove.
In a nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat, warm one tablespoon of Vrisi 36 olive oil and cook the onions, slowly, for about 20 minutes, until golden. Add a tablespoon of balsamic to the onions about halfway through cooking. You can prepare the onions a day ahead and store in the refrigerator.
Preheat the broiler.
Cook the chicken either by broiling or sautéeing. If broiling: Place the chicken in an oiled shallow pan. Place 8 inches / 20 cm from heat source. Broil, turning once, until lightly golden. Remove. If sautéing: Warm a sauté pan or nonstick frying pan over medium flame and add a tablespoon of olive oil to it. Sauté the chicken, turning once, until golden on all sides and cooked through. Remove and set aside, tented, to keep warm.
Assemble the sandwiches: Brush both sides of each piece of bread with Vrisi36 oregano essence olive oil and broil for a few seconds until golden brown. Remove. Spread a little mustard on the bottom slice of bread if desired. Place the greens on the bottom, then the chicken, caramelized onions and crumbled feta. Place the sandwiches, open-faced, under the broiler for a few seconds, just until the feta begins to melt. Remove and serve.