I tried. Really I did. I tried to make this pretty and tried to clean the plate. I really REALLY did try. This recipe is just one of those messy ones. That’s all there is to it. It’s juicy, it’s messy, it’s OH SO TASTY! You won’t mind the mess when you get your first bite. Then you’ll devour it and wonder what happened to your sandwich.
Trust me when I say this.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I mean, I wiped using napkin after napkin. Then a juicy morsel would fall off the bun…again. Then it would start all over. I finally gave up. One, I was hungry and this was making me drool all over my phone, and two, there was just no way to keep this clean. There will be no way to keep yourself clean while eating it unless you use a fork and knife. And, well, that’s just against the laws of a sloppy joes. Emphasis on the SLOPPY.
See? I’d already wiped the plate clean about 4 times in this shot. No, it just LOOKS like there’s too much on the bun. There’s really only about 1/3 cup on the bun. It’s just so …
Yes. It did manage to just ooze out of the bun and over the cheese making this the messiest lunch ever. But just look at all that color and flavor right there! The peppers, onions, tomatoes, chicken, flavors, spices. Honestly, how can you deny yourself such delicious goodness? And it’s healthy to boot! I KNOW! But it’s true! It’s chicken breast, it’s vegetables, it’s reduced fat cheese, it’s a white wheat bun. It’s healthy.
Yes, those ARE fire-roasted tomatoes thank you for asking! You can see flecks of the blackened roasted tomatoes floating around in there. Every time I make a southwest or Tex-Mex style meal, I think they add a layer of flavor that elevates the dish. That added smoky flavor hides in the background, but you can taste it. It’s there, lurking. It enhances the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika from the fajita seasoning. Recipe to come. I know, a little backwards, but that just means you have to come back later to find it. Because it is
So, you’ll just have to come back and read all about it probably this weekend depending on how my kitchen time goes today.
This sandwich is also the bomb. Before I serve dinner, I usually ask S to taste it and see what it needs. His flavor palette is different than mine and I value his opinion. This time, he tasted it and I asked, “What’s it need?” “Nothing.” “Nothing?” “Nothing. It’s delicious!” And there ya have it folks! If S says it’s delicious, you know it’s DELICIOUS!
What’s the messiest sandwich you’ve ever made or eaten?
- 1 pound ground chicken breast
- 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning
- 14 ounces canned tomatoes, sun-drained
- 4 hamburger buns
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- Easy Fries
- Brown the chicken in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high. Add the onions and peppers and simmer until they begin to soften.
- Sprinkle the fajita seasoning over the chicken and then add the tomatoes.
- Bring to a low boil then simmer 10 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
- Place one bun on each of four plates. Divide the chicken mixture evenly between the four buns and top with the cheese.
- Serve with the Easy fries, forks, and LOTS of napkins. Better yet, a BIB!