It’s picnic season again! Have you checked out my picnic ideas and recipes?
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about spreading a checkered blanket on the ground and spending the afternoon searching for cloud pictures in the sky.
I’m talking about portable meals that we can eat while watching my boys play baseball.
These chicken and bacon subs are SO easy.
They are based upon a recipe from the eMeals plan I’ve been using for a while now, but I changed them up a little.
2 to 3 chicken breasts
Package of six deli rolls
One package of “real” bacon bits
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
The original recipe from eMeals says to cook salt-and-peppered chicken strips in a skillet. I did that the first time I made these, but this time I used pre-cooked chicken breasts that I had baked and frozen in bulk from my recent Zaycon order.
Using the pre-cooked chicken made this an assembly-only recipe.
Separate the deli rolls, and lay them on a cookie sheet.
Cover the bottom halves with a single layer of sliced, cooked chicken.
Spread the bacon bits on top of the chicken.
Cover with shredded mozzarella.
Put in a pre-heated 400-degree oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Add sliced avocado and/or spread ranch dressing on the top bun.
Wrap in foil and head out the door!
These did great wrapped in foil, and my older son’s sandwich was still warm when he ate it during the second game after 8 p.m. (I made them at 5:15.
I put together individual bags of chips, and it was a great and filling supper.
Now to decide what to make for this week’s suppertime game. I’m thinking either pizza snowballs or tacos in a bag.
What’s your favorite picnic meal?
This recipe came from the (affiliate link coming up now) Aldi Classic Family Meal Plan that I’ve been using from eMeals since January. E-meals provided me with a subscription, and I have been really surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed using it.
Here is where I buy 40 lbs of chicken at one time for a great price (yes, that was an affiliate link!) and see how I manage 40 lbs of chicken here.
I am so sorry to say that it seems Zaycon has gone out of business. I say “seems” because the information I’ve seen says they’ve “suspended” operations and I don’t fully understand what is happening. I’m so so sad about this since this will change how our family keeps our freezer stocked with meat. We’ve been ordering almost all of our chicken, bacon, and shrimp for them for more than five years. If you had ordered recently, I recommend that you call your credit card company or bank (for debit cards) to see what can be done. I’ve heard many people have had success doing this.
Maybe I’m being dumb–do you put the tops on before cooking or after? Are they toasting on the cookie sheet while the cheese is melting on the other bun?
Not dumb at all! You put them on after. They do get a little toasted as the cheese melts on the other bun.
Love that you added fresh avocado! Yum!
I am making these to take to the ballpark tonight. Thanks for the idea!!
Mmm… sounds good. A great idea for a quick and easy meal at home too. Like coming in after an afternoon at the pool. I bet it’d be great with some pre-cooked bacon strips (I cook two lbs at a time in the oven and it keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.)
Dana White says
I’ve never been successful precook ing bacon! It all disappears (into my mouth!!!)
Shelia B says
Ever try buying the 3 pound bulk packs of bacon…? Just lay out all the slices neatly on a foil-lined sheet pan, then throw them in the oven for 40-50 mins or so–however long you like for floppy or crispy bacon…remove to paper towels for a bit of a drain, then wrap 10-12 slices in foil (I use the pre-cut sheets from Sam’s Club for this), then drop the foil packs into a gallon freezer bacon—viola! Instant bacon whenever you need it without resorting to the nasty-tasting and SPENDY precooked bacon in the stores 🙂
This recipe is great! They went over so well the first time I made them, that they’re in the oven for tonight’s supper. A great way to use up leftover chicken, especially now that I’m only cooking for hubby & me. Thanks Nony!
Dana White says
Love hearing this!