Monday, August 06, 2012

Guest Post - Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

Don't forget to enter my 6th blogiversary GIVEAWAY before 11:59pm Thursday, August 9.

On Saturday I brought you a GIVEAWAY to celebrate A Taste of Home Cooking's 6th anniversary. Today I'm bringing you the first of six guest posts written by some of my food blogging friends. I asked six bloggers to pick a recipe from my blog to make, photograph and write about. I'm thrilled that these ladies wanted to help me celebrate.

One of the best things about food blogging has been meeting new people. One of those people is Cassie from Cassie Craves. Her food style is so similar to mine that many of my favorite recipes came from her blog. She's also become a friend despite the fact that we've never met in person. I love watching her two boys grow on Facebook. Thanks for being part of my blogiversary, Cassie!

I'm thrilled and honored to be kicking off the celebration of Sarah's sixth blogging anniversary! Sarah's was one of the first food blogs I ever read, was one of my major inspirations for starting my own food blog, and to this day is still one of my very favorite blogs to read. Her food philosophy is so in line with my own, and every day I'm amazed and inspired by her commitment to her blog and to her readers. Thank you, Sarah, for including me in this celebration, and congratulations on six years of fabulous food!

As I was searching the blog, trying to wittle down a recipe to try (I had a list, and it was very long), I came across so many recipes that my family has tried and loved. Many of them have even become family favorites that I make again and again, like this Mexican sour cream rice, this bacon pierogi bake, and these Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes.

I finally decided on these grilled Hawaiian chicken sandwiches, because Sarah absolutely loved them and made them twice in back to back weeks. Like me, she tries lots of new recipes, so I knew if she made a recipe two weeks in a row it had to be really good! Well, guess what? I loved these sandwiches too. They're so simple and they come together so quickly -- just a handful of ingredients, and only about 15 minutes of active cooking time -- but they taste incredible. The sweet-and-salty marinade gives the chicken so much flavor and makes it so tender and juicy. Grilling the pineapple until it caramelizes slightly adds such a delicious, smoky-sweet flavor. I only made one minor change, and that was to use honey mustard in the marinade rather than Dijon, just because I had it on hand. It worked perfectly. A dollop of creamy mayonnaise was the perfect finishing touch for these sandwiches. I'm sure they're destined to become a family favorite in my house, just like so many of Sarah's recipes, and like her, I just may have to make them next week too.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

2 large boneless skinless breast of chicken
1 large can pineapple rings (8 rings)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons honey mustard (or Dijon)
4 slices provolone cheese
4 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls
A smear of mayo

Pound out the chicken breasts and slice each into two pieces. Combine the juice from the pineapple can, soy sauce, brown sugar and mustard. Marinate the chicken overnight in the the juice mixture.

Prepare your grill. Grill the chicken for 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Add the cheese with 3 minutes left. While the chicken is grilling, add the pineapple rings halfway through, turning once. Smear some mayo on the buns, then top with a piece of chicken and two pineapple rings each.
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