WannaBe Chef

Recipes and randomness from Amanda's kitchen.

Almost Friday… October 22, 2009

Filed under: Chicken,Sandwiches — WannaBe Chef @ 6:39 pm

Tonight’s dinner brought to you by random, previously-mentioned magazine “Cuisine at Home”…

Southwestern Chicken Panini
My own version based on said recipe.  FYI: This makes much more pesto than you’ll need for 2 sandwiches, and I also had some mayo leftover. 

For the cilantro pesto:
2 cups cilantro leaves and stems (or about 1 bunch)
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
salt
2 Tbsp olive oil

–  Put all ingredients except olive oil into food processor and pulse until minced
–  While machine is running, stream in the oil until a paste forms
–  This can be made ahead of time and frozen 🙂

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Gloriously green pesto

For the chipotle mayonnaise:
Stir together –
1/4 cup mayonnaise (Yes, I used the real thing, and you should too)
2 Tbsp chipotle chile pepper in adobe, minced

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Spicy, smooth mayo

For the sandwich:
4 slices bread (I just used standard whole wheat)
1 large chicken breast, sliced into thin strips, sauteed and seasoned as desired
2 slices cheese (Wayne had “bacon cheese” and I just had American)

To assemble:
–  Heat up your panini grill, or George Foreman like I used
–  Spread mayo on both slices of bread
–  Spread pesto on top of mayo, but just on one slice of the bread
–  Place piece of cheese on top of the other slice
–  Layer chicken on top of cheese and put sandwich together
–  Place on grill sprayed with cooking spray and cook until browned and crunchy

The chicken is hiding under all the cheese, mayo and pesto goodness!

The chicken is hiding under all the cheese, mayo and pesto goodness!

The verdict:  Oh my… these were just as good as I hoped they’d be.  What an awesome combination of flavors.  And who doesn’t love a hot, crunchy, oozy sandwich??

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