Not Just Any Chicken Sandwich

by zesty on October 22, 2008 · 39 comments

It is a new day and yet another simplistic recipe that will tantalize your taste buds… well I should say  – maybe tantalize your taste buds. Everyone’s different.  This is a great quick supper idea when you are in a rush or lazy and unsure about what to make but you want to stay on the healthy side of the spectrum.  Which I know for a lot people is very important including myself.

I put together a chicken sandwich that is somewhat unique but when you taste it… you will be like “Wow, Zesty really does have something going”, or “that Zesty guy is a loose horse – this is terrible”  I will leave that judgment up to you.

Now lets get to the good stuff.  Follow along below and let me know what you think.


  • A loaf of fresh Baguette
  • Some of your favorite Hummus
  • Roasted Chicken Breast ( sliced )
  • Baby Spinach
  • Red Pepper Jelly ( see below for recipe )
Zesty Note: I didn’t bother to put amounts on the ingredients as it really doesn’t matter.  You can add whatever amounts you like to the sandwich.


  1. First off slice some pieces of Baguette on the bias ( this will give you more surface area for your toppings ).
  2. Toast the bread in a toaster oven or regular oven until golden brown.
  3. Once toasted, add some hummus to the top of the bread.
  4. Add spinach on top and give it a little press and it will stick to the hummus and not fall out everywhere.
  5. Place some sliced chicken on top of the spinach.
  6. Top the chicken with some red pepper jelly.  You can use store bought jelly or homemade – your choice ( I like to go with homemade ).
  7. Enjoy!

As promised I added in this simple Red Pepper Jelly recipe.


  • 4 lg. red bell peppers (about), seeded
  • 5 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pkg. fruit pectin
  • 3/4 c. distilled white or wine vinegar


  1. Finely chop peppers in processor or run through grinder.
  2. Strain, pressing lightly. Measure 2 full cups and 1/4 cup pepper juice. Discard remaining juice.
  3. Combine ground peppers, pepper juice, sugar and vinegar in 3-4 quart saucepan.
  4. Bring to boil, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes. Reheat to boil, stirring frequently.
  6. Add lemon juice and return to boil for 1 minute, stirring. Add pectin and let boil 3 minutes, skimming off foam as it accumulates.
  7. Pour into jars. Invert jars for 10 minutes. Upright jars and store in a cool place.

Yield: Makes 7 half pints.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I had to share with you the stare of the sandwich.  Red Pepper Jelly is very versatile and great with cream cheese and crackers as well.  Let me know what you think of this sandwich and if you have time - I would love to hear your favorite sandwich of all time!

This is going to be fun.  Have a great Wednesday everybody.


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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan

I love this sandwich! It has such a combination of wonderful flavors. I love the hummus, red pepper jelly, and spinach combination. I would actually like this combo without the chicken too. Yummy post!


2 VeggieGirl

Ooooh, red pepper jelly!


3 HoneyB

It actually sounds really good to me Zesty! Of course, Grumpy think’s I’m a freak and like odd stuff! ;)


4 coco

it looks amazing those little sandwiches. I think I’ll say “mmmmmmmmm…… good” when I taste it, because I like each part of the sandwich.


5 Jessie

What a great combination of flavors! Can I have one for breakfast, please? Like, right about now?

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse


6 Bentoist

I’ve never had red pepper jelly before and it looks and sounds delicious!


7 Candy

Simply Delicious! Perfect recipe for lunch.


8 ZestyCook

Thanks Megan – Yeah I did try that when I ran out of chicken – it was really good too :)

Thanks VeggieGirl and HoneyB

Thanks Coco

Jessie of course you can…

Thanks Bentoist


9 rubybean77

Pepper jellies always creep me out…then I have them and I LOVE them…but they always creep me out. :) I am going to try this one out. Thanks for posting the recipe.

My FAVORITE sandwich of all time is a turkey pannini with melty cheese and little bits of avocado. :)


10 lauren

I love red pepper jelly! and your recipe looks so good and not too hard!!


11 Kian

Very nice combination for a sandwich. I love the red pepper jelly recipe. I made a Jalapeno pepper and cilantro jelly once. The color from these two jellies can be very “festive.” Hmmmm…


12 Jo

I have something for you on my blog… please come visit when you have a chance :) thanks!


13 Mamaliga


That red pepper jelly sounds and looks interesting! I’ll try it without the sugar though. You think it’ll work?


14 emily

can’t wait to try this red pepper jelly…on everything!


15 katy

my mom loves red pepper jelly more than just about anything — it adds such great flavor! your sandwich looks awesome!


16 ZestyCook

Rubybean77 – that panini sounds excellent… love the avocado.

Lauren – it is super easy!

Jo – Thank you so much – I think I just found out before yoru comment :)

Mamaliga – It should work – just not to sure if it will have the same consistency without the pectin.

Emily – you are like me…. it goes with everything I eat… love it

Katy – Thanks so much. Appreciate it!


17 Milena

My mouth waters. This looks delicious. I especially like what must be the contrast between the hummus and the red pepper jelly.


18 Larissa

Mmmm…the jelly sounds like a great addition. I’ll be sure to try this on my next sandwich!


19 Bob

That looks wicked good. I’ve just recently gotten into hummus, what kind do you use? Sandwiches are like bands, I don’t think I could pick a favorite. Heh.


20 Marianne

Red pepper jelly is awesome! Goes great with brie or camembert, or grilled cheese sandwiches…or pretty much anything. My aunt makes some every year, and I always get little jars of it for Christmas – I have tons in my cupboard, I should really bust them out (perhaps in a chicken sandwich!).


21 gina (fitnessista)

that sandwich looks amazing! i LOVE red pepper jelly! very cool that you make it yourself– i’ve never made it, just bought it.
my favorite sandwich that’s not pb and banana, is pear, havarti and spinach panini. it’s divine!
happy wednesday!


22 Myrtille

red pepper jelly! something i haven’t tried yet…thanks for sharing.


23 mi

the red pepper jelly sounds intriguing – i LOVE peppers of any colour, so i must try this. the whole thing actually looks very delicious.


24 Biz

Oh Zesty – you’ve brought back memories!

My Aunt Bea (wow, passed away maybe 10 years ago?) used to make red pepper jelly that I absolutely loved! Except she put red pepper flakes in hers.

As my nieces and nephews call me “Aunt B.” I’ll have to continue the tradition!


I loves me corned beef!


25 Lori

A baguette, hummus AND red pepper jelly! Oh, my this sounds so great! I wonder what your jelly recipe would be like if with a few jalapenos added in? Ever tried it? I like spicy.

I love trying new combos, but I have to agree with biz. My very favorite is the Reuben. There is a restaurant where I lived in central KY that served a smoked turkey reuben. It was so good and I was a fan of the wee bit healthier version. The original is the ultimate though. ;)


26 We Are Never Full

you know, i really have to get myself some red pepper jam/jelly. it really is the PERFECT accompaniment to a sandwich like this.


27 meg wolff

Hi Zesty,
The bread looks yummy! I’ll take a hummus sandwich (something for everyone!). Nice post. And, I added your link to my site.


28 Erica

This looks fabulous! I think the fresh bread realy makes it! Whoever eats your meals is a lucky duck!


29 Lisa

This looks great and I love the red pepper jelly. My favorite all time sandwich would have to be an chicken cutlet sandwich with sharp provolne, red peppers and broccoli rabe.


30 BayAreaFoodie

i love pepper jelly. it’s great on pork too.


31 Kristie

Oh man, greatest sandwich idea ever. Red pepper jelly is AMAZING. I can’t believe I’ve never put it on a sandwich.


32 Sharon

Looks simple and delicious! Never tried Red pepper jelly, but definitely will be trying it in the future! Thanks for such an awesome post!


33 chadnpam1

What a clever and tasty sandwich. I love all of the ingredients but never thought to put them together. I am looking forward to trying this!


34 Heidi / Savory Tv

Thanks for sharing! I love jelly on sandwiches, I’ve been slathering fig jam lately but yours sounds wonderful :)


35 Foong

It’s the first time I’ve heard of red pepper jelly. But the sandwich sounds good. Maybe I’ll try it out.


36 Reeni

I’m ashamed to say I have never had red pepper jelly! But I love hummus, the sandwich looks real tasty!


37 Escoofield

Sounds delicious and very tasty! I think i love this :) i gotta try this one :) it’s my first time to hear red pepper jelly 0.0

Escoofield -

Have Fun!


38 Jennae @ Green Your Decor

This sounds absolutely delicious! I’m not really an adventurous eater, but I am bookmarking this one to try in the very near future :)


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