Things have been reallllllly busy around here. With the garden house build and all that entails, I haven’t set aside much time for other projects, however, I’m keeping everyone fed. The meals may be simple, but I stick by my rule of something green must be on the plate. That usually means green salads. We’ve been eating supper at the picnic table which is steps from the garden house, mainly because we want to take advantage of every last meal we can enjoy outside before the temps plummet. Last night I made our go-to and favorite panini. With a green salad on the side (And the occasional Pumpkin Pie Punch).
Keeping Things Easy
While taking bites and chewing, I started thinking about when I wrote about the perfect picnic panini, right down to how to style the table. I went back and read the post and at the bottom, it said, “recipe is forthcoming.”
Well geez y’all, I’m sorry that my definition of forthcoming is four years later!
I guess it slipped my mind? Or, why didn’t I just type out the recipe then?? Who knows what was going through my mind then? All I know now is that this panini has become a family favorite, and I’ve got the process down to a science. I can crank out four of these panini’s in 10 minutes. Add another 5 for the green salad.
Roasted Chicken And Cheddar Panini With Chipotle Mayo
Here’s the deal.
A MAJOR time saver and money savor is to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Can’t go wrong here. Think about it: someone else roasts the chicken, and the cost is typically a dollar or two more than uncooked. The flavor is really good. And you don’t have to cook it. Check it off the list. I use these rotisserie chickens in various recipes like my chicken pot pie recipe and my chicken salad recipe. Total time saver.
Now Is The Time To Embrace Someone Saving Time For You
Who doesn’t appreciate that??
So, here’s the deal. In gist, dice up the chicken, mix mayo and adobo together, add some cheddar cheese, put all this on top of a slice of bread; top it off with another slice of bread and cook on a panini press. **Which, by the way, should be a staple kitchen appliance. Here’s mine and I use it almost daily.
So, after four years of waiting (again, sorry about that), here is my recipe for the perfect picnic panini.
Roast Chicken and Cheddar Panini With Chipotle Mayo.
Chicken Cheddar Panini With Chipotle Mayo
- Panini Press
- 1 cooked rotisserie chicken
- 4 slices cheddar cheese deli sliced
- 6 slices whole wheat bread
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp chipotle adobo sauce
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- Dice entire rotisserie chicken into half inch pieces. Set aside
- Preheat panini press
- In a bowl, mix together mayo and chipotle adobo sauce
- In a separate bowl, add diced chicken. Add chipotle mayo mixture and stir to combine.
- Place one slice of cheddar cheese on top of a slice of bread.
- Add 1/2 cup of chipotle mayo coated chicken on top. More if desired.
- Place the second slice of bread on top of chicken mixture.
- Brush both sides of the sandwich with butter.
- Place sandwich on panini press and close.
- Cook until bread is golden and the cheese has melted; about 2-3 minutes.
- Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
- Serve warm.
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