Thursday, August 30, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Chicken and Swiss Sandwiches

I dont know how I came up with this but it just sounded tasty. And I was right LOL

6 smallish chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness(I actually did 2 breasts and a bunch of tenders)
1 1/2 cups lemonade concentrate*
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, defrosted and crushed
1 TB brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced

Combine all in a dish and allow to marinate for several hours or over night.

Remove from marinade and set on foil lined pan

broil chicken until 165 degrees.(also great on the grill!)

Strawberry Sauce:
1 cup frozen strawberries, defrosted and gently crushed(you want somewhat large chunks left)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp water
1 TB cornstarch
sugar to taste

In a sauce pan combine lemon juice water and cornstarch,

add strawberries and stir gently. Heat over medium heat, adding in sugar as you see fit.(I did a little less than a teaspoonful) Heat and stir until thickened.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Toast your buns or bread(we used  hamburger buns, sourdough would be a great choice too)

Lightly spread with mayo top with chicken, a scoop of strawberry sauce and a slice of Swiss cheese.

Place under a broiler until the cheese is slightly melted.

Top with baby spinach and the top bun...(or add other toppings per your tastes too!)

*store bought is fine, but here is a homemade lemonade concentrate if you like: (this is for 1 cup, double for 2 , then with the remaining 1/2 cup you can add water, 1-1 1/2 cups, and have a glass of lemonade)

1/2 cup sugar(you can adjust sugar plus or minus as you like, I like it tart!)
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice 

bring water to a boil over medium high heat, add sugar and boil until sugar completely dissolves, add lemon juice and allow to thicken and boil down to 1 cup liquid. Chill thoroughly.

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