Butternut Squash and Chicken Sandwich

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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This sandwich layered with thick slices of roasted butternut squash and other veggies is filling and delicious .  Big slices of squash, rubbed with olive oil and roasted in the oven until they are tender and golden brown, then added into a hollowed out sourdough roll… well, it is just so good.  It also has a bit of added heat from sriracha mayo, which is simple to mix together but oh so much better than just plain mayo.  I have added roasted and shredded chicken as well because I typically like a protein in my sandwiches but it would be just as wonderful with the butternut alone, or with other roasted veggies.  Think thick slices of zucchini, eggplant or large portobello mushrooms.  You could even add caramelized onions for a touch of sweetness.

Finding fresh, good bread is the essential first step in making an amazing sandwich.  I’ve always felt it was the starting point for something really tasty and I am willing to make a special trip to the local bread bakery to find just the right loaf or roll.  I often will buy a few extra, wrap them well, and put them in the freezer to have ready when the sandwich bug hits again.  Just remember, bread will not last too long in the freezer, so date the outer wrapping and use it within 3 months or so.

Three reasons I hollow out the sourdough loaf: one, it allows you to really fill it with lots of veggies and flavor, two, it reduces the extra bread calories, and three, it helps meld the sandwich together so things stay put when you are biting into that toasted, veggie filled goodness.  The Penang nut & spice mix sprinkled into the roll adds a bit of crunch and nutty flavor.  Use this recipe as a starting point, then get creative and make your own combination of roasted veggie flavors!  Any of the Glory Kitchen nut & spice mixes would work well in this type of sandwich.

Butternut Squash and Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

    sriracha mayo:
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce, gochujang sauce or other hot sauce
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice, fresh
  • pinch of sea salt
  • sandwiches:
  • Penang nut & spice mix
  • 4 sourdough rolls or baguette
  • 1 butternut squash, sliced and roasted
  • 1 bag arugula
  • red onion, sliced thin
  • roast chicken, shredded
  • olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

    sriracha mayo:
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sriracha mayo using a small amount of hot sauce, then adjust the heat level as desired by adding more in small increments. Set aside.
  2. sandwiches:
  3. Peel the butternut squash, clean out the inside cavity, and slice into about ½ inch thickness. I like to cut them lengthwise and get a nice thick slice. Drizzle them with olive oil, rub all over with your fingers, sprinkle with sea salt, and place them into a 450° oven for about 30 minutes or until the squash is golden and tender. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely.
  4. Slice the sourdough rolls in half lengthwise, and with your hands, scoop out the tender inside cavity of bread. Next, drizzle the inside with olive oil, rub it all around with your hands, sprinkle the inside with sea salt and then with a generous sprinkle of Penang nut & spice mix. Place the rolls into the oven with the temperature set to broil. Stand by and keep an eye on these because they can burn all too quickly. Remove rolls from the oven when they are toasted and golden.
  5. Take the rolls and fill each side with roasted squash, then add a layer of sriracha mayo, then a layer of shredded chicken, sliced red onions, and top with lots of arugula. Drizzle the arugula with a tad of olive oil then sprinkle with sea salt. Top with the other half of the loaf. I like to tie each sandwich tightly with parchment paper and twine then leave in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow it to meld and bind together. Slice in half and serve sandwiches at room temp. with a side of chips, slaw or potato salad. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash and Chicken Sandwich - Glory Kitchen
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Butternut Squash and Chicken Sandwich - Glory Kitchen
Butternut Squash and Chicken Sandwich - Glory Kitchen
Butternut Squash and Chicken Sandwich - Glory Kitchen