November 11, 2010

The Campaign for a Better Chicken Sandwich

I was sick, really miserably sick for about 10 days. It started with strep throat, evolved to an ear infection, and just for fun, ended as a sinus infection. I was out from work, (and obviously didn't post anything either), for entire week and due to copious hours in bed, I'm pretty sure I lost bone mass too. Of course I was on antibiotics which only means that while the meds were killing the various bugs inside me, it was also killing my stomach. I couldn't stand eating much more than toast, yogurt, and plain pasta.

Yesterday was the first day in a long time I felt human again. I'd finished my course of medication and was ready for some real food. I was craving a chicken sandwich. I got a chicken sandwich.... man oh man am I sorry about that. I've said it before, but it deserves repeating: grilled chicken sandwiches are awful. I have yet to meet one that wasn't dry, boring, insipid, uninspired, dull, and any other word that means "blah" you can think of. It is never satisfying in any way unless you hide the useless bit of poultry under tons of bacon, mayo, various cheeses, and veggies.

So last night, still craving a real chicken sandwich, I made one (okay, I made two), the only way it should ever be made, with ROASTED CHICKEN. Really, why even bother with an awful grilled chicken sandwich when a roasted one is moist, flavorful, and actually tastes like something. Avocado, tomato, watercress, Dijon, low-fat mayo, salt & pepper, and I'm in heaven. And if you're worried about calories, spare me. The difference between a piece of roasted chicken and grilled chicken is minimal enough to warrant the pleasure.

I hope you'll join me in my campaign to rid the world of the grilled chicken sandwich. Together we can accomplish anything!