Chicken, Genoa, Green Olive and Tomato Melt

Boneless chicken breasts turn out really moist and flavorful when quick-cooked along with some sautéed onion and garlic. Add Genoa salami, green olives, a splash of balsamic vinegar, some fresh tomatoes and melted provolone cheese and you end up with a hot chicken sub that's a little bit out of the ordinary. We recommend using good sized pitted green olives for their nutty, less briny flavor, but your standard pimento stuffed variety will work fine too.

Chicken, Genoa, Green Olive and Tomato Melt

Chicken, Genoa, Green Olive and Tomato Melt

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A yummy hot sub, made with boneless chicken that's been sauteed with garlic, onion, Genoa salami and green olives, fresh tomato and provolone cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (see recipe notes)
  • 1/4 lb Genoa salami, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 12 large pitted green olives, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • Dried oregano
  • 4 hoagie rolls, split

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6-inches below the heat.
  2. Pound the chicken to 1/2-inch thickness and season very lightly on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Slice the Genoa salami into 1/2-inch strips and set aside.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook until soft, 1-1/2 minutes longer.
  5. Add the chicken to the pan and turn several times with tongs to coat with the onion-garlic mixture.
  6. Continue cooking, turning frequently until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes, then slice crosswise into 1/2-inch strips.
  8. Add the sliced chicken back to the pan along with the balsamic vinegar, genoa salami strips and sliced olives. Toss with tongs to combine well.
  9. To assemble the sandwiches, divide the chicken, salami and olive mixture between the 4 rolls.
  10. Top each with tomato and 2 slices of provolone cheese.
  11. Arrange the sandwiches on a broiler pan and place under the heat until the cheese is melted, about 1-1/2 minutes.
  12. Remove, and sprinkle the tops with dried oregano to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

Note that we don't call for any additional salt and pepper in this recipe beyond a light seasoning of the chicken prior to cooking. The Genoa salami and olives provide plenty of flavor without any additional salt, but don't omit the sprinkling of oregano - it really adds a nice finishing touch.