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

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

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

39 Responses to Pumpernickel Chicken Panini with Goat Cheese and Apples

  1. 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.

  2. 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 :)

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

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