Chicken & Veggie Panini

These panini are stacked with eggplant, mozzarella, roasted peppers, fresh basil, and chicken cutlets for a sandwich that easily makes a meal.

Chicken & Veggie Panini
Servings: 10 Yield: 10 panini Prep 25 mins Chill 1 hr Cook 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup prepared vinaigrette
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small eggplant (about 1 pound)
  • 3/4 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced chicken cutlets
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (about 8), drained
  • 2/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted peppers
  • 2 French breads (about 3/4 pound each)
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry

Make It

1. Combine vinaigrette and garlic; let sit for 15 minutes. Cut eggplant into 10 slices, each about 1/4-inch thick. Place in resealable bag; add 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Set aside. Cut mozzarella into 10 slices, each about 1/4-inch thick. Top with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette, and toss gently. Set aside. Brush chicken with remaining vinaigrette; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

2. Finely chop tomatoes; stir into mayonnaise. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour. Cut drained peppers into strips; set aside.

To serve:

3. Heat panini maker according to manufacturers instructions. Cook chicken and eggplant 5 minutes per batch. Wipe panini maker clean with paper towels.

Assemble panini:

4. Trim 1 inch off ends of each baguette and cut each in half lengthwise. Spread each baguette with 6 tablespoons mayonnaise. Restack and slice each into 5 pieces (for a total of 10 pieces). Divide chicken, eggplant, basil, peppers and mozzarella evenly among the 10 panini, trimming chicken as needed. Gently press sandwiches to compress slightly.

5. Cook panini 5 minutes per batch until grill marks form and cheese melts.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 10; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 440, Fat, total (g): 18, chol. (mg): 72, sat. fat (g): 7, carb. (g): 40, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 28, sodium (mg): 813, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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