Grilled or Broiled Chicken Parmesan Sandwich Recipe Idea

We grill a lot during the summer months--and, now that I am addicted to my broiler--I foresee lots of broiling throughout the rest of the year.  This chicken parmesan sandwich uses grilled or broiled chicken breasts combined with simple jarred or homemade pasta sauce for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

Chicken Parmesan sandwich with chicken, mozzarella cheese, banana pepper rings and onions on a sesame seed bun

I transfer the broiled chicken to the pasta sauce--and simmer it for a bit--but, you could certainly simply dip the chicken into warmed pasta sauce or even add a spoonful or two of the warm sauce directly onto the sandwich to cut out some kitchen time with little change to the flavorful end result!

Ingredients for Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches:
4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
¼ tsp. Black Pepper
¼ tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, Shredded
¼ c. Olive Oil
1 15oz. jar of  DelGrosso Marinara Sauce or favorite homemade pasta sauce
4 slices of Mozzarella or Provolone Cheese or Shredded Mozzarella or Italian Blend Cheese
Sesame Seed Buns, Toasted
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich Topping Suggestions:   Chopped Black Olives, Chopped Onion, Sauteed Mushrooms, Crumbled Bacon, Banana Peppers, Green Peppers 

Instructions for Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches:
Mix the seasoning mixture.  Place the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, salt and Parmesan cheese into a small mixing bowl.  Stir with a fork to combine.

Grill or broil the chicken breasts.  Preheat the broiler or grill.  I LOVE the broiler—especially as the summer winds down and we move into blah Ohio winters.  Brush each chicken breast with olive oil and coat with the seasoning spice mixture.  Grill or broil until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. 

Slice the chicken and coat with sauce.  I like to slice the chicken breasts—I think it makes it easier to bite through the sandwich (especially for the kids) than with a solid, thick, meaty chicken breast.  Also—slicing the chicken breasts increases the surface area for the marinara sauce.  More sauce, more flavor—less dryness in the finished sandwich! 

Place the chicken breast slices into a deep, non-stick skillet.  Cover the meat slices with marinara sauce, turning to coat on both sides.  Add more sauce if desired.   Bring sauce and chicken to a slight boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Or skip this step and simply dip the chicken into the sauce or add warmed sauce to the sandwich.

Add cheese to the sliced chicken and marinara.  Divide the chicken slices into four sandwich sized portions while still in the skillet.  Top with cheese slices, return lid, turn off heat and allow the cheese to melt.  If you are not using my "skillet method"--be sure to add the cheese quickly to the hot sandwich on the next step!

Build Chicken Parmesan sandwiches.  Top each toasted bun half with chicken, sauce and cheese.  Add desired toppings.  I use black olives, chopped onion, and banana peppers—but, using your own favorite pizza toppings lets you adapt the sandwich to your family's tastes.  Add the top bun and serve.

We serve these Chicken Parmesan sandwiches with salad—but, you could skip the bun and add the chicken mixture directly over pasta instead.

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