Don’t you love saying that? Maybe it’s just me.
Last week, I decided to blow the dust off my Cusinart griddler and make a panini. But not just any panini, I decided to make a chicken parmesan panini. Yes, Italian pasta dish in a sandwich sans pasta. Doesn’t that sound awesome and something you want to gobble up?
I’ve always been a fan of paninis. I liked that paninis always had melted cheese inside, I liked that paninis were flat sandwiches with grill marks on it, and most of all: I loved that it was always a warm sandwich. I’m not a huge fan of cold-cut subs or sandwiches. I like my things HOT and ooey-gooey. Paninis always did that for me. I begged my mom on weekends to make me paninis or to make sandwiches on the stove so my cheese would melt.
Who doesn’t love the classic chicken parm? It’s already simple to make, it’s even simpler when you make it into a panini. If you’re craving Italian one night, I suggest you give this a try instead of the pasta dish. I love the crunchy outside of the sandwich and the warm gooey insides. The breaded chicken mixed with the marinara sauce and mozzarella = bomb diggity. Yes, I just said that.
Chicken Parmesan Panini
Yield: 4 panini sandwiches
5 chicken tenderloins
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 loaf of sourdough bread, sliced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup marinara sauce, homemade or canned
Couple sprigs of fresh basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat your griddler or panini press on high or sear.
- In a shallow dish, pour the breadcrumbs in it, add a little salt and pepper, mix it up. Set aside.
- In a ziploc bag, pound out the chicken tenderloins, gently, until they’re flattened.
- Cover the chicken in breadcrumbs and cook in a skillet on medium high heat until they’re cooked through & browned on both sides.
- Assemble your panini: butter the slices of bread on the outside (the sides that will be touching the panini grill). On one slice of bread, place the chicken on it and spread a medium thick layer of marinara sauce and put the basil on top, on the other slice of bread, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Put the 2 halves together and put on panini press for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread has nice grill marks on it.
- Remove from panini press or griddler and cut in half and serve hot :)
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