There’s a certain amount of chaos that’s okay in life. It’s comforting even — at least to me. A pile of papers, organized in a way where I know where everything is. A packed schedule that leaves little room for anything. The natural chaos that comes with a busy but relaxed summer. But too much chaos? That completely saps all the creativity and joy out of life. Not good.
That’s where I was earlier today. Drowning in too much chaos, my office overrun with papers, piles, boxes and stuff. I couldn’t think straight. Heck, I could barely move through the space. So I tossed my to-do list aside and dove into making it better. Yes, I cleaned. After a few hours, my desk was straightened and organized. There was more space, less stuff and a feeling that everything was a little better. And when it was done, complete with the lamp that I recently rehabbed, it was like a giant space in my brain came totally unblocked.
It feels good to be able to think again.
Chaos is also a good way to describe those afternoons when dinnertime approaches without a plan. You know what I am talking about: those times when you suddenly realize that you didn’t defrost anything and the pantry is sadly devoid of inspiration. Even though you eventually figure it out, dinner inevitably lacks that cohesion that comes with a well-planned meal. It’s flat and boring.
I hate that.
But sometimes when you realize that you have no plan, you can whip up a quick tried and true recipe and totally save the night. This recipe? It’s one of those savior recipes. And since it’s ready in about 15 minutes, it’s really perfect for any busy night.
Thin-cut chicken breasts (a total dinner time saver!) are seasoned well with salt and pepper. Then they are quickly grilled to juicy perfection — it only takes a few minutes per side. Finally, they are topped with slices of ham and cheese. Dish them onto rolls and enjoy.
No, these aren’t your typical, breaded, rolled up chicken cordon bleu. Those are fantastic, but time consuming to make. But this version is a little healthier (no breading and grilled!) and a lot faster. Better yet, with the salty ham and creamy Swiss cheese on the seasoned breasts, it’s satisfying and flavorful.
- 1 lb thin-sliced chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 slices deli ham
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 sandwich rolls
- Heat your grill up – if using a gas grill, you want it to be heated to its medium setting. Season the chicken breasts all over with salt and pepper.
- Grill the chicken for 3-5 minutes per side until cooked through. Top each with one slice of ham and cheese. Cover the grill and cook for about a minute, until the cheese is melted.
- Place each chicken breast on a roll. Serve – and enjoy.
If desired, serve with mustard.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.