Skip to main content

Basil Chicken Panini

There is this local "hole-in-the-wall" joint by my house that has this fantastic panini that I get every time I'm there (well, both of the two times I've been there is several years!).  Simple sandwiches are usually pretty easy to replicate, and this one certainly was.  I think at the restaurant it's literally just called the "Chicken Panini" however it's the ingredients in the description that drew me to it.  At the restaurant it's grilled chicken, basil, diced tomatoes and asiago cheese on buttered sourdough, however when I made it at home I omitted the tomatoes (not a fan) and used delicious Ciabatta from Panera.  Yum, just as declious at home as it was at the restaurant, though without the bar food cost or the nasty cigarette stench.  In fact, it was probably better because the only thing (aside from the tomatoes) that I don't like about the sandwich from the bar is that they use full basil leaves.  I love basil but it's actually a little hard to eat the sandwich without taking out a whole leaf of basil.  It's still good, I'm just saying....


Basil Chicken Panini
Inspired by the "Chicken Panini" at Frankie G's in St. Louis

Ingredients (Two Sandwiches)
2 (large-ish) B/S chicken breasts, trimmed and pounded to even thickness
2 ounces freshly shredded Asiago Cheese
¼ - 1/3-cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 tomato, lightly seeded and diced  (I omitted)
S&P to taste
favorite panini bread (Ciabatta works well!)

Directions
- Season Chicken as desired with S&P, and grill, approximately 4 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (I used leftover Rotisserie Chicken)
- Let chicken rest for a few minutes then roughly chop and place pieces in a medium bowl
- Combine basil and tomatoes with chicken and using hands combine the mixture to ensure there will be a bit of each ingredient in each bite!
- Cut bread in half both length and width-wise, spooning half of the mixture on two quarters of the bread.
- Top chicken mixture with ~ 1 ounce shredded Asia go cheese
- Using a Panini Press heat for about 5-8 minutes, or until desired temperature and amount of melting reached

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Key Lime Gooey Butter Cake

I'm from St. Louis.  The home of Gooey Butter Cake.  Many people think it's a Paula Deen creation, and how could you not when you see how much butter is in it, but you can't go in to a restaurant, bakery or grocery store without seeing gooey butter somewhere in St. Louis.  We love it.  What's not to love with butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, oh my!

But, considering I've made it numerous times, I'm always up for a new variation.  Nutella?  Check!  Cookies?  Don't mind if I do!  Pumpkin?  Well of course!  While talking to my mom about what to bring to a family function, she mentioned she saw a recipe for key lime gooey butter cake.  Sold!  I've never heard of the website she sent over to me, but it looked similar to the basics of every other recipe I've used for Gooey Butter Cake so I knew I wanted to give it a try!

One thing people may not realize is that Gooey Butter Cake is very easy to make.  Just a few ingredients really!  Just mix them, ba…

Foodbuzz 24x24: A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party

It's hard to believe that my baby boy is technically no longer a baby anymore!  It seems like just yesterday I was a nervous wreck on our way to the hospital, and now all of a sudden I'm planning a birthday party!

Even before Ty was born though, I knew I wanted to do a Very Hungry Caterpillar party.  I'm not exactly sure what made me think of it, but one day I was sitting in his room and imagining reading him the first book I bought for him.  Yep - The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

There is something about the classic children's book that lends itself very well to entertaining.  Generally speaking, the focal point of any event (aside from the reason for celebration), is the food.    For those not familiar with the book - The Hungry Caterpillar is all about food!  He eats is way through many different foods, until he's big and strong and becomes a beautiful butterfly.  A perfect metaphor for a young baby.  It's amazing how much such a little guy can eat - but at th…

White Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Filling

OK, so, while this recipe was the result of me literally quick thinking at the grocery store rushing around to pick up a few ingredients over Easter weekend, I came up with a fantastic cake filling, in my humble opinion.  I love the cake fillings at Costco and wanted to make a variation on that.  This is really semi-homemade but oh so good!  It's rich, creamy and decadent.  Even my husband loved it, and he's not really a cake fan.  It was so easy to make too!


White Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Filling
Ingredients:
1 package Jello Pudding - Cheesecake flavor
1 8-oz. container Whipped Cream Cheese, softened
1 8-oz, container Cool Whip, thawed
3 oz. White Chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Beat softened cream cheese and vanilla with mixer until well blended and light (a few minutes).

Beat in pudding mix until fully incorporated.

Stir in melted white chocolate.

Fold in thawed Cool Whip

Allow to set in fridge for a few hours, but don't let it get too cold that it…