Chicken Florentine Panini

Southern Living
Makes 4 servings


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1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust
1 (9-ounce) package frozen spinach
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 medium-size red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 skinned and boned chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Vegetable cooking spray
4 (4-inch) provolone cheese slices


Unroll pizza crust, and press into a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Prepare spinach according to package directions. Drain well, pressing between paper towels. Set aside.

Stir together mayonnaise and half of minced garlic in a small bowl; chill.

Sauté onion in hot oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add sugar and vinegar. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until almost all liquid evaporates.

Place chicken between 2 sheets heavy-duty plastic wrap or wax paper; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and remaining garlic.

Brown chicken in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; cook 8 minutes, turning once.

Cut pizza crust into 4 rectangles. Remove rectangles from pan; spread 1 side of each with 1 tablespoon garlic mayonnaise. Top 2 rectangles evenly with chicken, spinach, onion mixture, and cheese; top with remaining 2 rectangles, mayonnaise sides down.

Cook sandwiches in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Top with a smaller skillet or press down with spatula to flatten sandwiches slightly, cooking 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese melts. Cut each sandwich into fourths.

Created date

October 2003