12/22/2014 10:52 am ET Updated Feb 21, 2015

One Chicken Sandwich, Many Ways

There are 3 million chicken recipes on the Internet. We're here to show you the good ones. Win, win.

Today: A perfect chicken sandwich (and pesto, and caponata). Mix and match, or go all in.

This is the one outfit, many ways of chicken sandwich recipes, and here are the situations where you'll want to make it verbatim, or break it down into its component parts:

  • Make chicken sandwiches with just the pesto tonight -- it's enough. Add the caponata only if you find yourself with a little extra time and/or eggplant.
  • Next time, serve the same combo as chicken fingers with pesto for dunking and leave off the bread (or throw it on the table and let people tear from it).
  • Make just the caponata -- as a spread to snack on, or part of a mezze-style dinner, or a layer in something else (muffaletta? pizza? tart? lasagna?).
  • In its entirety, turn the sandwich into the quiet star of your next football Sunday, or pumpkin carving, or Halloween party -- kids and adults will find common ground here. Put it on long baguettes and cut them into any size you feel is appropriate.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Caponata, and Pesto Sandwich by sdebrango

Makes 2 large sandwiches


1 cup fresh basil leaves

1 cup flat-leaf parsley, stems removed

1 large clove garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 1/4 cups grated Parmigiano or Romano, divided

1/4 cup good olive oil, plus a little more if needed for the pesto, and more for coating the pan generously

6 chicken tenders or 3 thin chicken cutlets

1 cup panko

Salt and pepper to taste

2 eggs, beaten

1 short baguette or 2 crusty sandwich rolls


4 Italian eggplants

Olive oil

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

2 tender, inner stalks celery, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeds removed, or 1 cup canned crushed tomato

4 Peppadew peppers, chopped (if you do not have these, use more of the red bell pepper)

3 tablespoons capers, rinsed

1/4 cup kalamata or green olives (or a little of each), pitted and roughly chopped

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

Up to 2 teaspoons sugar (add 1 teaspoon, taste, and add another if needed)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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