Chicken Panini with Carmelized Shallots, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
Recipe created in our own kitchen, with inspiration from RawSpiceBar spices!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 large shallots, sliced thin
- 6 ounce fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices
- small bundle of spinach leaves
- 2 ounce julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes, drained from oil
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (or tenders or cutlets)
- 1 loaf ciabatta or other herb-baked bread, cut into 8 equal slices
- 1 packet Sun Dried Tomato Pizza seasoning from RawSpiceBar
- 4 tablespoons light sour cream
- 4 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Prep your grill for use at medium-high heat.
- In a medium-sized pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add the shallots and sprinkle them with salt. Stir them around to coat them in the butter.
- Begin prepping your chicken for grilling by sprinkling it with salt and pepper.
- Return to your shallots every minute or so for a quick stir.
- When shallots have wilted and softened, lower the heat to medium low. Continue to stir them every few minutes for approximately 20 minutes. The shallots will be done when they look wilted and golden brown, but not crispy.
- Grill the chicken over direct heat, about 5 to 6 minutes per side – this will depend on the thickness of the cut. (To make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through, use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 160° to 165° F.)
- While the chicken is grilling and the shallots are cooking, mix together the plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, and spices to make the spread. Now is a great time to turn on your panini press so it’s ready when you are.
- To assemble the sandwiches, smear one tablespoon of the spread on each slice of bread (on one side only of each slice, obviously). Next, layer some spinach leaves, caramelized shallots, and sun-dried tomatoes on one slice of bread per sandwich. Top the sun-dried tomatoes with the mozzarella slices, the chicken, and lastly, the other slice of bread with spread on it.
- Spray the top and bottom of your panini press with cooking oil and place one sandwich in the center, but more towards the back. I used a wooden spoon to sort of keep shoving it all back while I pressed the lid down, to keep it all together and in one piece.
- Heat the sandwich in the press, checking on the sandwich until the top looks golden and crisp (or to your preferred texture).
- If you do not have a panini press, heat a medium-sized pan over medium heat on the stove-top. Spray it with cooking spray and place the sandwich in the center. Press the sandwich down with another heavy pan, plate, or lid, weighing it down with something heavy, or simply pressing it down with your hand while the sandwich cooks.
- Enjoy the amazing deliciousness of sun-dried tomato goodness and the fantastic spices from RawSpiceBar!