Roasted garlic, avocado tomato chicken melt

by Suzanne on October 8, 2012

in Chicken, Savory

A fast and simple lunch or dinner idea since there’s really no cooking involved here just assembly. I like to buy rotisserie chicken now and again because it’s so easy to add a salad and vegetable and dinner is done, but my husband has an aversion to it so I have to think of ways to eat the leftovers so it doesn’t go to waste. I normally just eat snacks for lunch unless I’m out somewhere and eat out, but more than likely it’s an apple here, or a few crackers there or a protein shake whatever I’m in the the mood for. One day I decided to fix myself a decent lunch with my left over rotisserie chicken and it was so pretty looking and tasty I thought you might enjoy the idea too.

Roasted garlic, avocado tomato chicken melt

4 in. sandwich roll cut in half
roasted garlic spread(found in deli section of grocery store)
1/2 a mashed avocado
leftover rotisserie chicken
4 slices of tomato
2 slices Colby- jack cheese
salt and pepper
hot sauce

Step 1:  Heat oven to broil.
Step 2: Spread a generous amount of garlic spread on each half of the bread, if you can’t find garlic spread use pesto if you like.  Put the garlic side up on a sheet pan and pop in the oven for 2 minutes to lightly toast.
Step 3: Take bread out of the oven and spread the mashed avocado on each side then pile pieces of chicken on. Top with tomato and cheese, salt and pepper and put back under the broiler until the cheese it melt the way you like it about 2 minutes.
Step 4: Take the open face sandwich out of the oven and garnish with hot sauce and sprigs of cilantro or even chopped green onion and enjoy.

I wanted to share a few photos of Fall here where I live.  In Southwest Arkansas we usually go from Summer to Winter, because one day the temperature will be in the 80’s and the next it will be in the 50’s and we won’t see 80’s again for a long while.  Despite the crazy temperature we still manage to enjoy many of the Fall festivities. The first set of photos is from my daughter’s homecoming parade and I didn’t even get one of her, she is in the color guard for the school band. The parade has different floats from each of the classes and then from the classes from long ago like the class of 42 which you see with the older folks in the old truck. The common practice for parades here is to throw candy to the crowd, as you can see my son racked up on the candy like it was Halloween.  The second set of photos is me playing with my camera outside of my house catching the beauty in the morning and the last of the zinnia’s from Summer. Also that is our camera shy kitty “Bobby” he never wanted to cooperate with the picture taking.


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I love this melt, Suzanne! Such great flavors together. Beautiful pictures of Arkansas! I love zinnias and Bobby is too cute! 🙂

2 Suzanne October 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

thanks Laura, Bobby is cute but such a cat, only wants attention when he does 😉

3 Kita October 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

My goodness this looks delicious. Love the tail end of that green truck in your fall pics!

4 Suzanne October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Kita, yes that truck is pretty cool looking I thought 🙂

5 Sandra's Easy Cooking October 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

This melt look amazing! Simple, delicious and beautifully cant get better than that! Lovely photos of the event too…
Have a wonderful week ahead!

6 Suzanne October 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Sandra, you have a lovely week too. xoxo

7 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings October 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

What beautiful photos of your surroundings as well, Suzanne! I just totally love your nature shots – it’s stunning over there! As for your tartines…delicious! I can see the avocado melting underneath the cheese…the fresh tomatoes…everything looks enticing! I just might make one for myself tomorrow!

8 Sawsan (Chef in disguise) October 9, 2012 at 2:34 am

Thank you for sharing the recipe and those wonderful pictures Suzanne. Quick and easy meals are always welcome in this busy mom’s book.

9 Suzanne October 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

Your so sweet thanks for the nice comment 🙂

10 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

Oh, this is a wonderful idea for leftover chicken! Definitely pinning for future reference!

11 Suzanne October 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

thanks Jessica 🙂 glad you like the idea.

12 Valerie October 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This open-faced sandwich looks like it’s bursting with flavor! (I’m a sucker for hot sandwiches that are oozing with melted cheese.)

Bobby is adorable! Love the blasé, pensive visage. 😀

13 Suzanne October 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I hear ya on hot sandwiches! Bobby is cute but he is a teenager and never wants attention from me kinda of like real teenagers 🙂

14 Lois Christensen October 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love your photos! The sandwich looks delicious!

15 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

What a great use of leftovers! I always have leftover chicken, this would be a great lunch. And it has avocado, which you know I love 🙂

16 baker street October 10, 2012 at 7:38 am

This open faced sandwich is just what I want for dinner tonight! I’m all about easy recipes for dinner and this one just the one I want tonight!

17 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

This is the kind of sandwich that I’d love to have on busy nights–easy but warm and comforting just the same. Cool pictures, too, Suzanne. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

18 CCU October 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Awww your photos are adorable my friend and what an incredible melt 😀

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19 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

What a great idea and I bet it was hard to eat just one! Our really great friends who use to live in the SF Bay Area , moved to Northwest Arkansas about 4 years ago. We go out and visit each year. Enjoyed seeing your photos!!!

20 Julia | October 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

This is truly a great idea to use some left over chicken. It looks super delicious!

21 Terra October 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I love warm cheesy sandwiches, any combination on the sandwich, BUT must be on a warm crusty bread:-) Looks delicious, and the flavors combined sound wonderful! Yum, Hugs, Terra

22 Melissa B. { hungryfoodlove } December 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Congratulations on being featured on DailyBuzz Food Top 9 for this recipe. I was featured too with my Roasted Garlic Spread. This looks like the perfect melt!

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