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!
Rosemary-Chicken Panini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Grilled Rosemary-Chicken Panini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes is a delicious solution to the busy weeknight dinner dilemma. This excellent sandwich is loaded with fresh flavor and is guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.
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Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes
- Calories: 414
- Fat: 14.8g
- Saturated fat: 3.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 6.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
- Protein: 35.5g
- Carbohydrate: 33.6g
- Fiber: 3.1g
- Cholesterol: 77mg
- Iron: 4mg
- Sodium: 687mg
- Calcium: 114mg
- 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
- Cooking spray
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 8 (1-ounce) slices country-style Italian bread
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1. Combine 2 teaspoons olive oil, rosemary, and chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.
- 2. 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.
- 3. 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.
- 4. 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.
- 5. 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.
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