Rotisserie Chicken Melt
with artichoke-spinach pesto / apple cucumber salad
Bright green artichoke-spinach pesto makes these open-faced sandwiches feel elevated. This is a classic Cook Smarts meal last featured way back in 2014.
Smarts: If you're using marinated artichokes in oil, reserve some of the oil and use it to add to the pesto instead of olive oil. You’ll get more flavor this way.
- Rotisserie chicken - 1/2 , shredded
- English muffins, gluten-free - 4 (sub gluten-free sandwich bread)
- Artichoke-spinach pesto (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
- Cheese, provolone - 4 slices (sub Swiss or cheddar)
- Walnuts - 1/4 cup
- Artichoke hearts - 8 , drained and rinsed
- Baby spinach - 2 oz
- Garlic - 1 clove , peeled
- Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 1/2 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Cucumbers - 6 oz , chopped (use a seedless variety if available)
- Apples - 1 , chopped
- Baby spinach - 5 oz
Toast walnuts - (This step is optional; skip if you toasted the walnuts on Tuesday.) If you’d like the walnuts toasted, spread them out on a sheet pan and roast in a 400F / 204C oven until fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Rotisserie chicken - (Skip if chicken was prepped ahead for Tuesday.) Take meat off the bone and shred. Use a knife and fork or your hands. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make pesto - Combine walnuts, artichoke hearts, spinach (portion for pesto), garlic, olive oil (portion for pesto), salt, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until thickened, adding some water if needed to help it blend. Add more salt and pepper if needed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make dressing - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and olive oil (portion for salad). Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Cucumbers / Apples - Prep as directed.
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Turn on the oven’s broiler and place a rack about 6” / 15 cm below the heat source.
Open up English muffins and spread them out, cut-side up on a sheet pan. Broil for a few minutes just to crisp them up.
Remove English muffins from the oven and divide pesto between them. Top with chicken and then cheese (tear slices to fit over the toppings).
Return pan to the oven and continue broiling until cheese is melted and bubbly, 4 to 6 minutes more.
While melts are cooking, toss together cucumbers, apples, and spinach (portion for salad). Add dressing until salad is dressed to your liking.
Serve chicken melts with salad on the side. Enjoy!