Roasted Chicken Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Panini

Panini is the plural form of the Italian world panino meaning small bread roll. In America we have adopted Panini to symbolize toasted and pressed warm sandwiches.

Well I made one tonight and it was fantabulous which is Brock speak for “goddamn thats a good sandwich.

Fist I made a loaf of bread. You don’t have to make your own bread, but I did. Its too damn easy if you have a bread machine. Fresh homemade bread makes the house smell nice, and I was a little gassy today.

Then I made some tomato sauce. You don’t have to make your own tomato sauce, but I did. Its super easy. Just saut√© an onion some bell pepper a little garlic. Then add a few good tablespoons of tomato paste, some chicken stock and simmer. Salt and pepper to taste, and boom you have a basic tomato sauce.

I brined and roasted a chicken the other night and had some leftover breast meat. You don’t have to brine and roast your own chicken but I did.

I also grew some fresh basil. You don’t have to grown your very own basil but I did. Herbs are easy to grow.

I did not make my own mozzarella cheese because I have not ordered any rennet tablets yet, but soon I’ll make my own cheese too. So do Like I did and go to the store and buy some mozzarella cheese. I pretty much have some on hand at all times. If cheese was like a person, I’d think of mozzarella as fresh little brand new babies or brand new puppies. Clean, mild, and milky.

If you have a panini maker you’re pretty much all set. Just assemble the sandwich with the listed ingredients and place in a heated panini maker. A few minutes later you’re all done. Slice and eat.

Roasted Chicken Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Panini
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Quick and easy roasted chicken, tomato, basil, and mozzarella panini
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1
  • Crusty White Bread
  • Tomato Sauce (fresh or from a jar)
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Fresh Basil
  • Mozzarella cheese grated
  1. Heat Panini press to medium high heat
  2. Place slice of bread on Panini grill
  3. Place Chicken on bread slice
  4. Spoon tomato sauce on top of Chicken
  5. Place a few fresh Basil leaves over Tomato sauce
  6. Mound about ¼ cup of grated Mozzarella cheese over Basil and Tomato sauce
  7. Place second slice of bread on top of Mozzarella
  8. Close Panini grill and bake for about 5-7 minutes
A Panini press or a regular grill pan will work to make Panini sandwiches