There was a quaint little restaurant in a nearby town called The Magnolia Cafe and they had the best panini sandwiches! I say ‘was’ because it is no more. Too sad, because it was one of my favorite lunch spots. When it comes to panini sandwiches the ideas are endless and extend only to the limits of your imagination. They can be a simple and quick lunch or a more elaborate entree for a main course.
Several years ago when my favorite lunch stop disappeared, I purchased a panini press on sale for about $35 so I could make my own panini sandwiches. Before I purchased the press I had been using a cast iron skillet-grill and a plate on top of the sandwich for a little weight. I know that sounds weird but it worked.
Our two grandsons, Aidan and Travis would often visit in the summer and help with the yard work and wood splitting projects. They loved those panini sandwiches! They would work up a good appetite outside and devour a couple sandwichs apiece. And usually with a bowl of soup! Young growing teenagers!
This chicken panini sandwich is easy and fast. It was Sunday afternoon and lunch time at our house, I had some leftover chicken in my refrigerator and I spotted a jar of peppers and just started putting it together. A dense, thick sliced bread is best for panini sandwiches as a soft bread gets smashed with the press.
I like sourdough bread, ciabattas or those tortas sandwich rolls that Costco sells. So many choices are available and it is fun to get creative with something new. It is really tempting to load up the bread with a lot of chicken but I found that more than 3 or 4 ounces on a sandwich and it is too much and becomes a challenge to eat.
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Serving Size 1 sandwich
Amount Per ServingCalories 457 Total Fat 16g Cholesterol 92mg Sodium 780mg Carbohydrates 40g Fiber 2g Protein 38g