Open Faced Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches will be your next go-to meal for a busy weeknight!  They are easy to make, hearty, and perfect for a cold winter night.  These open-faced sandwiches are packed with tender rotisserie chicken that’s coated in marinara sauce (or tomato sauce) flavored with garlic and added seasonings and are served open-faced on crispy garlic Texas toast with plenty of melted cheese.  They are delicious and come together in about 20 minutes (including prep and cook time).

The recipe can be found here.

Start by removing the rotisserie chicken from the bone.  Shred it and set aside.  You will only need about ½ the rotisserie chicken for this recipe.  The recipe makes enough for 4 open-faced sandwiches.  If you need more than 4, adjust the ingredients accordingly.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.  We like garlic and tend to add 2-3 cloves more than the recipe recommends.  If you like garlic, I would recommend you do the same for added flavor.

Add the marinara sauce and stir to combine.

Add the basil, oregano, onion powder, and salt.  Stir to combine.

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low to simmer for 6-7 minutes.  I like to taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning, as necessary.  You shouldn’t have to add salt, but you might want more herbs.  Add the chicken and stir to combine.  Continue to heat until the chicken is warmed through.

Add ¼ cup parmesan cheese and ½ cup mozzarella cheese.  Stir to melt and incorporate the cheese.

Once the oven is preheated (most likely why you are in the middle of making the sauce), place the Texas toast on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  You want to follow the package instruction for baking.  I find that 8 minutes provides crispy bread and is the perfect time for the consistency I want.  Remove the toast from the oven and divide the chicken mixture evenly between each piece of bread.  Top with the remaining parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately, garnished with fresh chopped parsley or basil (optional).  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

If you are feeling lazy you can use pizza sauce or a marinara sauce that’s already seasoned vs buying plain marinara sauce.  I suggest you also adjust the seasonings to your liking.  If you don’t like onion powder, use dried minced onion.  If you want to skip the salt and garlic, you could substitute with garlic salt.  You get the idea!  If you prefer to not serve these as open-faced sandwiches, simply bake additional slices of Texas toast to create sandwiches.

Happy Cooking!

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