Inspired by the northern Italian dish vitello tonnato, or veal in tuna sauce, this sandwich features the unusual combination of chicken or turkey with creamy tuna sauce and roasted peppers.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1992

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Recipe Summary

total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine tuna, mayonnaise, yogurt, broth, lemon juice, anchovy paste, garlic and cayenne in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.

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  • To assemble the sandwiches, line pita halves with lettuce and fill with chicken or turkey, red pepper and a dollop of the tuna mixture.

Tips

Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Tips: To poach chicken or turkey: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.

To oven-roast peppers:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. Arrange whole bell peppers on the rack.
2. Roast peppers in the center of the oven, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened in places, 30 to 40 minutes.
3. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool.
4. With a paring knife, remove stems, skins and seeds. If serving as antipasto, combine accumulated juices with peppers.

Nutrition Facts

231 calories; protein 24.7g 49% DV; carbohydrates 21.2g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.1g 12% DV; sugars 2.9g; fat 5.4g 8% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 58.4mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 1788.4IU 36% DV; vitamin c 52.4mg 87% DV; folate 43.7mcg 11% DV; calcium 35.7mg 4% DV; iron 2.1mg 12% DV; magnesium 47.2mg 17% DV; potassium 361mg 10% DV; sodium 447.2mg 18% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV.