Jazz up sandwich night with leftover chicken and store-bought fig jam. If you do not have a sandwich press or cast-iron skillet, place a regular skillet on top of the sandwich and weigh it down with cans.
1/4 cup fig jam
1 (8-ounce) ciabatta, cut lengthwise
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
8 ounces sliced cooked chicken breast
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups arugula leaves
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Spread jam over cut side of top half of bread. Combine cheese and butter in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Spread cheese mixture over cut side of bottom half of bread. Arrange chicken evenly over cheese mixture; sprinkle with pepper. Place top half of bread, jam side down, over chicken.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add sandwich to pan. Place a heavy cast-iron skillet on sandwich; cook 5 minutes or until both sides are browned, turning once.
Place arugula in a bowl. Drizzle juice over arugula; toss gently. Remove top bread half from sandwich. Arrange arugula mixture over chicken. Replace top bread half. Cut sandwich into 4 equal portions.
DH and I loved these. DD did NOT like the blue cheese (actually we used gorgonzola). I grilled the chicken on our Traeger grill and then assembled the sandwiches on our panini press. Quick, easy, and delicious, especially with a full-bodied chardonnay. The fig and cheese combo was a great compliment.
These are truly outstanding! Followed the recipe except that I made the chicken a day ahead of time and just baked it in foil with lemon juice and fresh rosemary and thyme. Otherwise didn't change a thing and they were to die for.
I substituted apricot jam for fig and spinach for arugala. I didn't have either on hand. Anyway, we had it for dinner and everyone loved it. Found out my son made it the next day, he liked it so much. Will definitely make again.
This was an interesting recipe, but I feel the blue cheese overpowered the rest of the recipe, and I didn't feel the fig jam was anything special. Like another reader mentioned, probably a different jam would work fine too. It IS a good panini, just not a GREAT one.