Monday, November 9, 2009

Roast Chicken, Cranberry and Honey Mustard Pita Sandwich

I love roasting a whole chicken and then using leftovers in a variety of ways. My favorite as of late is this pita sandwich with roast chicken, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet and tangy honey mustard and fresh watercress. It's a satisfying little sandwich and it's pretty healthy. I used Greek pita bread that I placed under the broiler for a couple of minutes to get some color but you can obviously use any bread you wish. Layer some roast chicken breast over one half of the pita and top with honey mustard, cranberry sauce and a handful of watercress. Top with the remaining pita half and enjoy!

Now don't be fooled by the roast chicken being listed here first: the star of this sandwich is the fresh cranberry sauce. Sweet and tart with a hint of ginger, the cranberries take this sandwich to a whole new level. And considering shelves are stocked with tons of fresh cranberries, sauces and chutneys such as this will be creeping into our dishes pretty regularly over the next month or so.

Below, I'll just share my recipe for a simple cranberry sauce but in the coming weeks will also write up the recipe for my favorite cranberry chutney ... so stay tuned!

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
12-oz fresh cranberries (3 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
Juice of small orange
Splash of Mavrodaphne (or Port)
Pinch of grated ginger

As I was already using my oven to roast the chicken, I simply combined all the ingredients in a baking dish, covered with foil and baked it until reduced to a thick, chunky sauce. Alternatively, just combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until the cranberries are soft and the sauce is thick.


Unknown said...

That is just a glorious combination! Congratulations and thankyou!

Unknown said...

This looks so good!

Αγγελικη Ν said...

Ωραιότατο! Σαν να πηγαίνεις σε ένα μπιστρό για να πάρεις κάτι ελαφρύ!

theonikm said...

As we say here in the South, I've got all the "fixins" for this delicious sandwich. I know what I am having for lunch!

Maria Verivaki said...

i'd love one of those right now - looks so healthy and so simple

Betty's Cuisine said...

Γευστικότατο, πεντανόστιμο και πολύ υγιεινό!
Θαύμασιο για ελαφρύ γεύμα!

Unknown said...

Great idea for left over chicken. I still need to try cranberry sauce!

Peter M said...

Maria, your Thanksgiving is coming up. You'll have plenty of turkey to recreate these sammies!