I’ve partnered with Classico and Collective Bias to create this tasty Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich. Seasoned chicken covered with pasta sauce and melted cheese…
It’s the ultimate 30-minute meal! #CollectiveBias #FamilyFavorites
Do you ever stop and think back about the chapters in your life? There are those sayings like “one door closed and another opened” or “this was the beginning of a new chapter,” but have you ever stopped and actually thought about the different phases? It’s kinda fun to stop and reminisce!
For me, the chapters are pretty distinct. Ok, very distinct, and in hindsight the turning points are quite pronounced. There was my childhood in Charleston, SC where I dreamed that I was going to find pirate’s gold buried in my backyard. Then came high school and college in North Carolina before heading to grad school in Louisiana…where I quickly learned that college football is not just a game. It’s a way of life! Then there was Atlanta. Ah, Hotlanta. Except no-one who lives in Atlanta actually calls it Hotlanta (right, Shashi?). My wife and I met in Atlanta, so this chapter holds many special memories!
When my wife and I first moved in together, it was quite an adjustment for both of us. After all, we were used to living by ourselves…oh, and we each had a dog. All of a sudden, there were 2 of us and 2 dogs. We were both in grad school at the time…which meant that we kept some strange hours. After a long day of classes and work, the last thing we wanted to do was come home and spend hours in the kitchen. (We saved cooking adventures for the weekend!) My wife invented some pretty awesome weeknight meals, and this Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich was one of my favorites!
Chicken Parm is typically fried, but we were trying to eat a little healthier, so we adapted this idea for the grill instead. It’s pretty simple. Start with some Italian-seasoned grilled chicken. Add some tasty pasta sauce. Top with cheese and then put the whole thing onto a toasted bun. This was the ultimate 30-minute meal…and I didn’t have to feel bad about what I was eating either!
The other day, I was cutting through the pasta sauce aisle at Walmart and I noticed the Classico Family Favorites sauces. They immediately reminded me of the Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich that we used to make in Atlanta. Classico has always been one of our favorite pasta sauces, so I grabbed a couple of jars. Then I had an idea! I would make Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwiches for dinner…as a surprise.
My wife always texts me a few minutes before she leaves work, so I had plenty of time to pull this one together…and I was just finishing up as she walked in the door. (Although I usually grill the chicken, I ended up using a grill pan indoors this time since there were some pretty nasty thunderstorms in the area.) We spent the meal enjoying these delicious (and easy!) sandwiches and telling fun Atlanta memories.
Now it’s your turn! Think back about the chapters in your life. Do you have any meals that remind you of various times? If so, it might be time to get in the kitchen and recreate one of those recipes!
Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwich
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 hoagie-style buns
- 1 cup Classico Family Favorites Traditional pasta sauce divided
- 4 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
- 4 basil leaves optional
- In a small dish, combine the olive oil, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Brush mixture evenly onto both sides of the chicken breasts.
- Using a grill (outdoor) or grill pan (indoor), cook the chicken over medium-high heat until fully cooked.
- Meanwhile, slightly toast the hoagie buns until edges just begin to turn crispy.
- Transfer chicken to a cutting board and cut into strips. Place strips in grill pan (or sauté pan) along with 2/3 cup of pasta sauce. Stir and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes on medium-low heat. Top with mozzarella slices and continue cooking just until cheese is melted.
- Using a wide spatula, transfer chicken onto hoagie buns.
- Top with additional pasta sauce and shredded basil leaves (optional) before serving.