Pumpernickel Chicken Panini with Goat Cheese and Apples

I hope everyone in the States had a lovely Thanksgiving! We spent ours in Iowa with my family and are gearing up to head to the airport any minute now. I wanted to get this post up before we left though because Eralda just published my very first guest post! Eralda’s blog, The Split Pea, is full of spell-binding stories, pictures, and delicious recipes, so I was very honored when she asked me to come up with a recipe for her blog. I decided to do a twist on a traditional summer tomato panzanella, and ended up making a fall version with toasted pumpkernickel, roasted beets, and goat cheese. Check out Eralda’s blog for the picture and recipe!

The next day, I whipped up these tasty chicken paninis with the leftover pumpernickel bread and goat cheese. I made the goat cheese into a spread by mixing it with a bit of milk and parmesan cheese, and topped the chicken with crispy tart apple slices, which really elevated the sandwich to a whole new level!

Pumpernickel Chicken Panini with Goat Cheese and Apples
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
3 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
4 slices pumpernickel bread
1/2 half granny smith apple, cored and sliced

Directions:
Cut chicken breast in half lengthwise and sprinkle evenly with salt. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet and cook chicken 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center.

Meanwhile, mix goat cheese, parmesan cheese, and milk in a small bowl.

Spread each piece of bread evenly with goat cheese spread. Top goat cheese with chicken and apples on two slices, and place the other two slices of bread on top, goat cheese side down. Place sandwiches in a preheated panini press and cook until bead is crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition: 563 calories, 25.6g fat, 4.3g fiber, 50.3g protein per serving
Cost: $1.83 per serving

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39 Responses to Pumpernickel Chicken Panini with Goat Cheese and Apples

  1. Eralda says:

    My goodness! This too looks soooo delicious. I love the combination of apples with goat cheese, and the bread, of course. Mouth-watering!

  2. candice says:

    Salty, tangy, sweet, sour, savory… this has it all! Goat cheese is the best :)

  3. Karine says:

    I agree with candice: goat cheese is the best! :)

  4. maria says:

    I love adding fruit to my sandwiches! Looking good!

  5. Lauren says:

    This panini is full of awesome flavors! I never would have thought to use pumpernickel, but it sounds like an excellent bread choice. I’m heading over to Eralda’s blog to check out your guest post.

  6. peachkins says:

    my mouth is watering just looking at the picture

  7. Adam says:

    Nice play on all the flavors :) I love have protein and fruit together, and pumpernickel is such a sweet tasting bread. Way to make a sandwich fun again :)

  8. hey you big shot guest poster… just checked out your buddies blog and will be back. You are right, she does terrrific photos (I wish I could get better…sigh)…

    and your sammy is terrific!

  9. Donna says:

    WOW!! What a well put together sandwich. It sounds incrredibly delicious!!

  10. I was on Eralda’s site earlier and saw your guest post! Love the panini, so good with goat cheese!

  11. Monica H says:

    I think I ‘d have to substitute the goat cheese for some brie, but this looks totally delicious.

    Hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day!

  12. Emily says:

    Yummmm. I love pumpernickel panini.

  13. Joanne says:

    Congrats on your first guest blog! I will have to check it out.

    This looks like an ideal fall sandwich. I love the goat cheese and apple combo. What a classic.

    Have a safe trip back from Iowa and happy belated T-Day!

  14. grace says:

    the crunchy, sweet apple is the perfect addition to your special sammich. i think pumpernickel was the way to go too.

  15. This combo of ingredients sounds wonderful. Perfect sandwich!

  16. Liesl says:

    What great flavors! This Panini looks delicious!

  17. Nicole says:

    I love this sandwich! Goat cheese with tart apples is delicious and one of my fave combos. The pumpernickel was a wise choice; it has a great flavor and the color makes the sandwich even more beautiful! Congrats on your first guest post. I am going to check it out now!

  18. Debbie says:

    Great sandwich. I would love that right about now!

  19. Blond Duck says:

    This looks like the perfect sandwich.

  20. Leslie says:

    what a pretty,tasty and simple sandwich!

  21. Astra Libris says:

    Such a vibrantly colored sandwich! Pumpernickel is my all-time favorite, and with your glorious goat cheese spread??!! Absolute, total perfection!

  22. Jessica says:

    YUM! This sandwich is the type of thing I love to order when we go to restaurants for a nice lunch! I never make anything like this for myself…I think that might just have to change. ;-) Beautiful picture, by the way!

  23. Erica says:

    Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving :) Ours was fabulous as well! What is it about cheese and apples that goes together SO well. The bread looks fantastic too.

  24. Meghan says:

    This sandwich looks so delicious! I love the sweet and savory aspects, and pumpernickel bread is one of my favorites. Your fall/winter panzanella is such a creative spin on a classic summer dish! It’s funny because I was really craving panzanella over Thanksgiving weekend, so your recipe is a great solution :)

  25. Natashya says:

    Totally delicious! I really need to replace our old, broken press. I miss paninis!

  26. CaSaundra says:

    I love pumpernickel bread! Have you ever made your own? I really wanna give it a shot!

  27. Elina says:

    I really love this combo of flavors. My other favorite is subbing green grapes for apples. Yum!! :)

  28. What a great combo. I never would have thought to put apple on a sammy!

    I LOVE goat cheese and like how you made it into a spread :0)

  29. Muneeba says:

    Oooo, haven’t paired fruit with goat cheese yet … so far it’s just been with apples .. taking note of your idea! Thks :)

  30. Muneeba says:

    Oooo, haven’t paired fruit with goat cheese yet … so far it’s just been with cheddar .. taking note of your idea! Thks :)

  31. L'Chicken says:

    Yum-city. Loved your guest post too. So fun to see you in multiple places!

  32. Hélène says:

    What a great way to use chicken breast. So nice to see that you had a good time.

  33. Kristin says:

    Mmmmmmmm. I’ve had a brie and apple panini, but not goat cheese. Must try this!

  34. Aggie says:

    What an awesome sandwich!! I love goat cheese! And those mushrooms down there look outstanding, how creative! Did you get a new look? Love it!!!

  35. This sandwich sounds like a delicious mix of flavors! The goat cheese and apple are perfect with chicken.

  36. Judy says:

    This is my kind of sandwich, Kerstin. Looks absolutely delish.

  37. Sophie says:

    A very tasty , easy & ooh so good for you sandwich!!

    I so love it!!

    Thanks, Kerstin!

  38. Kerstin says:

    Thanks everyone! I actually just had another one of these tonight :)

  39. I love goat cheese, and this sounds like a great combo of flavors!

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