I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Chicken Panini

My girls and I love a grilled panini (although Autumn likes hers without the chicken). They look great and taste delicious.



CHICKEN PANINI
(serves 4)
Ingredients:
*italian bread
*1 tomato, sliced thin
*1/4 cup basil pesto
*2 chicken breast halves chicken
*1 teaspoon pepper
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1/2 red onion, sliced thin
*1 cup sharp shredded cheese

Directions:
~Season chicken with salt, pepper & garlic powder.
~Fry chicken in olive oil in a medium skillet.
~Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
~Remove chicken from skillet, and let cool slightly.
~While chicken is cooling, sauté green peppers & red onions for 1-2 minutes.
~Remove from pan.
~Thinly slice chicken breast.
~Preheat stove top grill or panini pan.
~Slice Italian bread to desired thickness
~Spread each half with pesto sauce.
~Layer bottom halves with equal amounts of chicken, green pepper, onion, tomato & cheese.
~Place top half of bread over fillings.
~Butter top of sandwich and place it buttered side down on stove top grill (butter both sides if using a panini maker).
~Put a small cast iron pan, or aluminum foil covered brick over sandwich and press down on sandwich.
~When sandwich is golden brown, butter other side and flip. (if using a panini maker cook about 5 minutes)
~Put pan/brick on sandwich once again, and press down.
~Remove from pan when golden brown.

Variation:
-substitute green pepper for roasted red pepper.
-substitute chicken breast for turkey breast.
Vegetarian Version:
-substitute chicken with zucchini and yellow squash.

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