Rosemary-Chicken Panini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
1 Hour 10 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
4 (4-ounce) chicken cutlets
1/4 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 (1-ounce) slices country-style Italian bread
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
How to Make It
Combine 2 teaspoons olive oil, rosemary, and chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 4 teaspoons oil to pan. Add sun-dried tomato, red pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Add spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach barely wilts. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt; set aside.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Cook chicken 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep pan on medium-high heat.
Top each of 4 bread slices with 1 tablespoon cheese, 1 chicken cutlet, one quarter of spinach mixture, 1 additional tablespoon cheese, and remaining 4 bread slices.
Recoat grill pan with cooking spray. Arrange 2 sandwiches in pan. Place a cast-iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten. Cook 4 minutes on each side (leave skillet on sandwiches while they cook). Repeat procedure with remaining 2 sandwiches. Cut each sandwich in half; serve immediately.
I made these for my husband last night. He does all the cooking in our house but I like to make dinner for him once in a while too. We both loved this sandwich and I agree with another poster that it tasted much unhealthier than it actually is! I cooked the chicken on our George Foreman grill and used our panini press (for the first time) to grill the sandwiches. I used ciabatta bread and dried rosemary since I couldn't find it fresh in either of the 2 stores I went to. Super fast and easy. I served them with sweet potato fries and a salad. Now my husband wants us to have paninis every week!
This was just ok for me. I think the chicken was lacking acid- lemon or balsamic maybe? At 1st I thought it was WAY too much garlic but once I tried it I understood it needed it. I would have also prefered the spinach uncooked with more crunch.
In unison, my husband and I both said "WOW!" with our first bite. The sun dried tomatoes and garlic made these amazing. I now may consider buying a panini pan! I folllowed the suggestion from another reader and served with sweet potato fries....perfect.
Easy to make, and a great hearty meal. I also used a panini press and cooked the chicken cutlets on a George Foreman grill, as I don't have a grill pan. Served with a side salad - makes an easy weeknight meal.