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Friday, December 26, 2014

Chicken BLTs with Honey Mustard

If you love a good BLT, turn the sandwich into dinner with lean grilled chicken breast and a sweet and tangy honey-mustard sauce. Smoky bacon, slightly charred chicken, fresh tomatoes, and a simple, great-tasting dressing give this casual dinner a tasty balance of flavors.

Note: I cooked the bacon in a grill pan not only for the ease of using only one pan for both meats, but also because grilled bacon takes on extra smoky flavor without “frying.” If you don’t have a grill pan, use a heavy skillet, but be sure to pour out most of the fat before adding the chicken to the pan.

Serves 2

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 slices of bacon, cut crosswise in half
  • 2 chicken breast cutlets, 3-4 oz each
  • 4 slices Texas toast, lightly toasted
  • 2 large red or green leaf lettuce leaves
  • 1 small cluster tomato, cut into 6 thin slices
  • dill pickle spears, for serving (optional)
Sandwich Ingredients
  1. Combine the honey and mustard in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Honey Mustard Mixture
  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the bacon slices until cooked through, but not crisp, about 7 minutes, depending on thickness. Remove and drain on paper towels. (Do not wipe the grill pan.)
Bacon Begnning to Grill 
Grilled Bacon
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in the pan. Grill until golden brown and cooked through, 4-5 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove and let rest 3 minutes.
  2. Divide the honey-mustard sauce and spread on all 4 slices of bread. Lay a chicken breast on each of 2 slices and top with bacon strips, lettuce, and tomatoes. Close the sandwiches.
Chicken Beginning to Grill
Chicken after Turning
Spread the Honey Mustard on the Bread 
Chicken and Bacon Layer
Lettuce and Tomato Added
Slice each sandwich diagonally in half and serve with dill pickle spears on the side, if desired.

Chicken BLTs with Honey-Mustard

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