Friday, April 2, 2010

Chicken Panini Sandwiches and Bonus link to Rollo Cookies

I am a huge panini fan. What can be better than buttery, toasted bread encompassing gooey, melted cheese and an assortment of other yummies! 

Chicken Paninis

8 slices of Italian bread, buttered on one side
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 squares of aluminum foil (approx 12x18 inches each)
1/2 cup Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette salad dressing (or other Italian dressing)
1 tomato, sliced
8 slices of bacon, cooked (I bake my bacon on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes)
4 slices of pepper-jack cheese

For the chicken
  1. Marinate chicken in the dressing for at least 1 hour or overnight
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Center one chicken breast on each of the squares of foil
  4. Fold up foil sides and double fold top and ends to seal packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make two packets
  5. Place packets on cookie/baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and set aside to cool
  7. Once cooled, remove chicken and slice into 1/4 in slices on a slight diagonal
Assemble Sandwiches
  1. Preheat griddle pan on medium-high heat
  2. Place one slice of bread, butter side down 
  3. Stack 1/4 chicken, 2 slices of bacon and 1 slice of pepper-jack cheese
  4. Top with one slice of bread, butter side up
  5. Gently place sandwich onto griddle pan and immediately top with panini press, large skillet or foil wrapped brick
  6. Let sandwich cook for 2-3 minutes until bread is golden brown and toasty
  7. Remove the press/skillet/brick and gingerly flip sandwich; Replace press/skillet/brick on this side
  8. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until golden brown
  9. Remove sandwich and gently peel apart to add tomato to sandwich
  10. Repeat steps 1-9 for all four sandwiches

And here's the bonus link to the Rollo Cookies from Cassity at Remodelaholic.  I made them last week and they are FANTASTIC.  They have been entered into my 'All Time Favorite Cookie Recipes' folder.


1 comment:

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

Oh yum! Those look really good. I have never made my own Panini's before but it doesn't really look difficult. I am always looking for different lunch items and this just might work :) Thanks for stopping by Not Just Paper and Glue - and I agree - anything used for crafty purposes does not contain calories lol


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