Italian Chicken Paninis

Brett and I have always loved hot panini sandwiches. I know I go on and on about the Cuisinart Griddler, but it makes these deliciously grilled sandwiches such an easy thing to do at home. Place your favorite meat and toppings between two slices of ciabatta bread, grill for a few minutes, voila. Our favorite is the Panera-inspired turkey artichoke panini: asiago bread, deli turkey meat, thinly sliced tomates, caramelized onions, and spinach artichoke spread (homemade or store-bought.) Last week I was in the mood for paninis but wanted to try something new. I was encouraged by a few basic recipes online so as I often do, I combined them into a new recipe. Very simple, flavorful and healthy…and so adaptable to what you love and crave. Enjoy!

(Need side dish ideas? Green salad, fruit salad, baked beans, baked potato, steamed veggies, pasta or rice packaged side dishes, or chips!)

Italian Chicken Paninis – no recipe source

3 chicken breasts
1/4 C italian dressing + more for brushing onto bread
garlic powder, dried basil
2 fresh, ripe tomatoes sliced thinly
cylinder of fresh mozzarella sliced thinly
1 loaf ciabatta bread

If using indoor or outdoor grill: marinate chicken in 1/4 C italian dressing for half-hour. Cut ciabatta bread. Depending on the shape of the loaf, I normally cut about a 5-inch length and then split it lengthwise for two halves. Brush italian dressing, garlic powder and dried basil onto ciabatta halves. Grill chicken until cooked through; slice thinly. Layer sandwich with chicken, tomato and mozzarella. Press sandwich down firmly. Spray grill with PAM or olive oil and place sandwich on grill. Heat 3-6 minutes until warmed through.

If not using indoor or outdoor grill: marinate chicken in 1/4 C italian dressing for half-hour. Cut ciabatta bread. Depending on the shape of the loaf, I normally cut about a 5-inch length and then split it lengthwise for two halves. Brush italian dressing, garlic powder and dried basil onto ciabatta halves. Bake or saute chicken until cooked through; slice thinly. Layer sandwich with chicken, tomato and mozzarella. Press sandwich down firmly. Heat oven to 350 and bake sandwich ~10 minutes or until heated through.

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One Response to Italian Chicken Paninis

  1. I just got the Griddler for Christmas and love it!! I love the chicken & pesto panini at Il Vicino and need to re-create it at home too!

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