This past Sunday was a lazy day for my husband and me. We had company the afternoon before and wound up staying up late Saturday night, if you can call 11 pm late! For supper on Sunday, I didn’t want to fuss too much. Whole Foods has on Prime Members special until tomorrow, air-chilled boneless and skinless chicken breast for $3.99/lb. I thought chicken paninis would be good for supper.
The recipe for the chicken panini with artichoke Parmesan spread appeared in a Williams-Sonoma catalogue many years ago, the same time we purchased a panini press. It was an impulse purchase one holiday season. That same year the chunky artichoke Parmesan spread was also featured. I have since discovered, that some of the food items that W-S has one year, does not always carry through to the following year, the artichoke Parmesan spread being one of them. However, not deterred by this, I found a recipe online. Since it was just my husband I, I halved the recipe. I needed one 14 ounce can of water packed artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and white pepper. I swapped the white pepper for black and tweaked the recipe by adding a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to brighten the mix. For the paninis you’ll need boneless, skinless chicken breast, country style white bread, shredded mozzarella and fresh spinach leaves.
While my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our paninis, he suggested that the boneless breasts be thinner. I only spread one slice of bread with the artichoke spread and not both as the recipe called for, it needs to be on both pieces. Next time I’ll also go lighter on the shredded mozzarella. These are just tweaks; the overall recipe was delicious and makes for an easy meal. Don’t be discouraged from making this recipe if you don’t own a panini press. You can use any frying pan by placing your sandwiches in the pan and then place either a dish or another pan on top and weighing it down for some heavy cans from your pantry.
If you’re looking for a satisfying sandwich to make for an easy weeknight supper, this is it.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.