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'Wich of the Week: Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini

'Wich of the Week: Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini

When it comes to sandwiches — or anything, really — it's hard to go wrong with melted cheese and tomato. Add a few leaves of fresh arugula and chicken cooked to moist perfection on an outdoor grill, and you've got a hot sandwich that showcases the best flavors of the warm months.

I enjoyed this melted panini on a recent weekend away with friends, where the house we rented handily had a panini maker. Better yet, it had a charcoal grill (which I do not have), so I got the rare treat of a sandwich made with chicken grilled fresh over charcoal. Even on a hot day, the juicy meat combined with fresh seasonal tomatoes tasted deliciously like Summer. However, if you don't own a grill or a panini maker, you can still make this whole sammie on the stove, so to get the recipe,

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Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini

Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini

Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini

Ingredients

2 round loaves (boules) of Italian bread
3 chicken breasts
salt and pepper, to taste
2 medium roma tomatoes, sliced into 12 thin rounds
2 cups arugula
1 8-oz. log of regular (not fresh) mozzarella cheese, sliced into 12 thin rounds
Butter to taste

Directions

  1. Using a sharp bread knife, slice the round ends off the boules, then cut each loaf into six equal slices for a total of 12 slices.
  2. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-hot. Liberally season the chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken breasts, turning once, until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes.
  3. Allow the chicken breasts time to cool, then slice in half horizontally to create six thinner pieces of chicken.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, spread each slice of bread with butter on one side.
  5. On prep surface, place one slice of bread butter-side down and top with two slices of mozzarella, laid side by side, so the bread is entirely covered. Place two slices of tomato side by side atop the cheese, then top with a layer of arugula leaves. Finally, add one chicken-breast half, and place the second slice of bread on top, butter side up.
  6. In a panini press or grill pan, cook the panini until the top is lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Slice in half and serve.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

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blades7816 blades7816 7 years
wow i may just get a panini grill just for this sammich :) www.cocoaandcheese.blogspot.com
susugar susugar 7 years
yum yum..... where can I get a panini grill??? help please...
lolococo lolococo 7 years
Those look delish!
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 7 years
Yummy!!! I'm making these very soon!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! That's my kind of sandwich. I love a panini.
gigill gigill 7 years
Mmmmm paninis!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
Hopefully I get to the market early enough this weekend for arugula. These would be great for lunch next week.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
:feedme: that looks so good!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
The old "George Foreman" is a good substitute for a Panini Grill...and does not every high school graduate have one?
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
Wow, I'd love a panini right now.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
my mouth watered too when I was looking at that panini! usually only nick lachey can elicit that response so quickly...LOL!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
I know what I'm having for dinner tomorrow. This looks great!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
That looks outstanding!
lily_xx lily_xx 7 years
My mouth is watering.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 7 years
my george foreman grill serves as good panini maker
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 7 years
That panini looks delicious!
ahappierdiane ahappierdiane 7 years
That is making me so hungry. I'm 35 minutes til my dinner break!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
I need to buy a panini maker! :drool: Your sandwiches always look so good, Yum!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Oh, my. That looks delicious, and I'm not even a sandwich person.
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