Open-Face Chicken Sandwich (with a twist!)

Well, I’m super stoked about this discovery made by James. He’s really jumped on board with making healthier choices and he’s thinking outside the box. This idea is the best!

James told me he’s been craving open-faced turkey sandwiches. I was a bit resistant as there are no veggies in sight with that, and lots of bread and gravy. So, he came up with a brilliant compromise. Instead of bread, make a quinoa patty.


Open-Face Chicken Sandwich

Chicken or Turkey breast, seasoned how you like (oregano, sage, thyme recommended) and roasted in the oven. 350 dgs F for about 1/2 an hour. Make sure the juices run clear. When finished slice thin.

(We prefer chicken to turkey because we agree that turkey is drier.)

The gravy was just a package chicken gravy and we have agreed that next time I will find a healthier choice.

Quinoa Patty – so much versatility here!

(I’m honestly not sure how much quinoa he made, so I’m going to guess.)
2.5 c quinoa (rinse it really well, important!)
2.5 c water
Cook like rice. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 14 mins.

In the meantime, finely chop the following:

  • button mushrooms (or your favourite)
  • spinach
  • white or yellow onion

Place in a large mixing bowl. Add oregano, sage, thyme

Add cooked quinoa to mixing bowl and mix all ingredients together. Add one egg (for binding) and mix well. Form the quinoa into patties the size of a piece of bread and fry it in a bit of olive oil for about 5-6 minutes per side.

open-face-sandwichPlate it up:

Place a quinoa patty on a plate, top with sliced chicken and gravy.

This was a hit with everyone and something we would definitely make again!

We also talked about all the different things we could do with a quinoa patty. Next time we want to see if we can make the quinoa taste a bit more like stuffing, add a thin layer of cranberry sauce (healthy, no sugar, made from scratch), provolone cheese, chicken/turkey, and a healthier gravy. (Open-Face Turkey Dinner!) I’ll let you know how it goes.

Leftovers? We had two patties left over, so James plated them into individual foil packs and froze them. Instant lunch or supper ready to go.

Quinoa can be made to taste so many different ways depending on what you add to it, I’m really excited about exploring this. What would you put on top of a quinoa patty?


About Suzanne Costigan

Author of Empty Cup, a contemporary, social issues based young adult novel.

Posted on February 19, 2017, in Outta My Head Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yum!!! Thanks for sharing. Loved your asparagus and mushroom dish!! It was a favorite with everyone⭐


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