Chicken, Artichoke and Tomato Tartines

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By Nancy Buchanan

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12/6/2012

by Nancy Buchanan on June 12, 2012

As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I take “trips” and not “vacations”. We are up and going early – with so much to see and experience we figure we can sleep on the plane home!! Since the weather was cooperating, that meant lunches were generally grabbed in route – and in Paris that means a crusty baguette filled with jambon or perhaps saucisson with cornichons! from the handiest bouloungerie! Alas, on our last full day in Paris it rained – and I am not talking about mist but honest to goodness rain! Undaunted, we continue with our plan of shopping and the first item on the agenda was an umbrella since I’d  opted to leave the  umbrella at home – packing light does have it’s limitations! Fortunately, it’s an easy item to come by in most major cities so we ducked in to the local Monoprix and picked one up!

Rainy day in france Chicken, Artichoke and Tomato Tartines

Sadly, it also rained one day in Provence... but who cares when the towns are so charming!

But the rain did interfere  with our “walking lunch” plans  – but we were forced able to savor a more relaxing meal at lunch, complete with a lovely glass of wine…. I know, I know, the sacrifices one makes to accommodate the weather!  When our stomachs were rumbling (and we needed to dry out!) we ducked into a little cafe in St. Germain. The menu featured soups, salad and tartines (a.k.a. open faced sandwiches). We decided to split a salad and a tartine and ordered the day’s special – chicken, artichokes and tomatoes with melted cheese  piled on wonderful slices of rustic bread.

It was the perfect lunch for a rainy day… and something I definitely wanted to enjoy once I got home! As you can see from the photo, I made a few changes. Since we are on the cusp of summer (at least we are here in Southern California) I decided to omit the melted gruyere cheese. I know, I know blasphemy!! but while warm, melty cheese is welcome on a cool, rainy day, it’s not as appealing when the mercury is hovering around 80 degrees!! I also had another reason for some of the changes. It occurred to me that this little open faced sandwiches would make the perfect picnic fare – just package up all the ingredients and assemble the tartines on site!

Chicken Artichoke Sun Dried Tomato Tartine BC2 Chicken, Artichoke and Tomato Tartines

 

Of course, the possibilities for tartines are almost endless … I would love to hear what combinations come to your mind!

Chicken, Artichoke and Tomato Tartines

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

35 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Serving Size: 4 tartines

As you can see, this recipe leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Feel free to substitute fresh tomatoes for the sun dried ones and canned artichoke hearts for the marinated ones (although I'll admit, I am partial to the marinated ones!). If you are making these for a crowd (or at a picnic!) fill a small squeeze bottle with the mayonnaise/dijon mixture for easy spreading/drizzling!

Ingredients

  • 1 small loaf of rustic, country style bread
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper ( I used Penzey's Florida Seasoned Pepper)
  • 1/4 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 2 Tbsp. sun dried tomatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. capers, drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (preferably home made)
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard or whole grain mustard

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a sheet pan with non stick spray or line with aluminum foil.
  2. Sprinkle lemon pepper liberally over the chicken breasts. Roast the chicken breasts for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise with the dijon mustard and stir to combine.
  4. When the chicken is cool, slice the breasts against the grain at a slight angle into slices 1/8 inch thick.
  5. To assemble the tartines. Slice the bread into slices 1/2 inch thick. Spread a thin layer of the mayo/dijon mixture on the top of the bread slice. Layer slices of chicken on top. Top with the artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and capers. Drizzle with the remaining mayonnaise/dijon mixture.
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Barbara | Creative Culinary June 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

These sound perfect just the way they are; I love every one of those ingredients. Love your photos from your trip even more; I fear I would go and never return home!

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Madonna June 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

This sounds/looks delicious just the way it is. Maybe some chicken, goat cheese or homemade ricotta and roasted red pepper…. There is a restaurant in Newport Beach that serves a sandwich like this, but I can’t remember the name. MacArthur & PCH.

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Lisa June 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

These tartines are beyond words..I think I could eat them every day. Beautiful photos!

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Terra June 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I love how healthy, and hearty this tartine looks! What a fun mix of flavors!!! It does look like a perfect lunch on a rainy day:-) Hugs, Terra

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Cookin' Canuck June 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

You are my kind of traveller…soaking in every little bit of culture at every moment. These tartines are calling to me…Dijon mustard, capers, artichokes. Now I want this for lunch!

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Nancy June 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

I can only imagine the “trouble” we’d get into traveling together Dara – one of these days it’s gonna happen!!!

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The Healthy Apple June 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

So glad you had fun in Paris; I LOVED meeting you on the Dole Summit trip and I’m excited to see you next week on the Thermador trip, as well! Can’t wait to hear more about Paris.
Have a great weekend.

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sippitysup June 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

Tartine is so much more sophisticated sounding than “open faced”. Though strangely I am sitting here typing “open mouthed”. GREG

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