This is one of my family’s favorites, it’s also pure comfort food that can be made in a variety of ways in order to be healthier. Every time I go to a sandwich shop, I tend to order this kind combination, it’s like I’m stuck in de ja vu. There’s something about chicken, bacon, tomatoes with a white sauce or white cheese – hot or cold, that just hits the spot. I tend to cook in large bulk in general so that I save time later in the month by freezing half, so if you aren’t looking to make a very large amount, halve the recipe below. Also, the recipe is just a guideline. Change any of it you want to, if you don’t like mayonnaise or prefer something different, use that sauce. It also is very tasty without any sauce at all. It takes quite a bit of time in the preparation… all the dicing and cooking of the meats, but it is worth it in the end.
It’s not limited to just sandwiches, this combo can easily be transformed into a Spaghetti Carbonara dish! Oh, the joys of cooking!
5 tomatoes (I used Roma because they were on sale, any tomato is fine)
- 1 medium sized onion (again, if you’d rather have less onion, halve it)
- 1 cup of mayonnaise (light ranch would also work well, or a low fat plain yogurt if you’re truly health conscious) *1 cup for this large amount only gives a light coating, if you want it to be creamier, you may need to add more as you go
- 1 package of turkey bacon *side note: I can’t cook real bacon… too much of it ends up in me rather than the dish! We never really had it growing up… I blame that lol)
- Garlic spice & Kosher salt for the chicken
- 6 chicken breasts
- Pita bread or pita pockets
- Any white shredded cheese (Mozzarella, Monterrey jack, Parmesan, Provolone, or Swiss)
Start the bacon first, and while it’s frying, dice the tomatoes and onion, set aside each separately. Be careful not to burn your bacon, it doesn’t have as much fat content and burns easier.
Once the bacon is done, cut the chicken into 1/2 to 1 inch thick pieces. Cook the chicken in the bacon grease with the onions, garlic spice (about 1 tbs for 6 chicken breasts), and Kosher salt (also about 1 tbs.) While the chicken is cooking, dice the bacon into strips.
Once chicken is done and onions are caramelized, pour the contents into a big big mixing bowl along with the diced tomatoes. Add the sauce of your choice (white sauce is just so good with this – you can even try alfredo sauce if you wish). This is also the time to mix in your cheese – note that this dish does not really need cheese, so if you are calorie conscious or just don’t like cheese, it still tastes quite amazing without it. To me, the addition of parmesan is like finding the holy grail of food.
Enjoy this delightful combo!