Triple Tomato Chicken Panini

My parents visited us last weekend! We started things off perfectly by enjoying some delicious pizza at Emma’s Thursday night. Then on Friday, I snuck out of work a bit early to check out the Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts with them – amazing! I think my Dad put it best when he said he felt like we were in a world Dr. Seuss had created. After picking up Apolinaras, we headed out for Blue Ribbon BBQ, which the birthday boy requested, and then drove up to Vermont.

We started the next day by doing the Magic Hat Brewery tour and tasting, where I voted for Wacko, aka The Liquid Song of Summer, as my favorite. My mom was super cute and answered a question right on the tour to win a free pint glass.

Next up was lunch on Lake Champlain at Splash – we were literally on the lake since the tables are on a floating dock. The views were beautiful and our clam chowder was surprisingly excellent.

Then we indulged in a little ice cream during the Ben and Jerry’s Factory tour (which is free by the way if you check in on yelp) and my Dad and I squeezed in a hilly run before our Korean takeout from Yama. It was a very relaxing day and we headed to bed early since the next morning we needed to rise and shine super early for the highlight of our trip, a King Arthur Flour baking class!

I’ve been planning this trip with my mom ever since I took a class there last year with a group of bloggers. While the boys amused themselves by hiking the Appalachian Trail, my mom and I were treated to a tour of the King Arthur Flour warehouse, production facility where they make all their mixes, and test kitchen, led by the lovely Allison Furbish, who is their web media coordinator and set up our blogger baking class last year. Here we are in the test kitchen, where I salivated over their super well stocked walk-in pantry. Thanks so much Allison for coming in on a Sunday to show us around!

Then we headed in for our class called “The Magic of Wild Yeast – Sourdough” where we learned everything we need to know to successfully maintain starter cultures and bake beautiful boules of sourdough bread at home – SO fun! We also hit the King Arthur store, where I loaded up some fun baking goodies, and had a fantastic meal at Foundry on Elm after the drive home. I had such a great mini vacation with my family and wish they could visit more often!

Sourdough is my absolute favorite and I’ve been diligently feeding my starter and plan to make something with it soon! In the meantime, I wanted to whip up some sandwiches with the bread we baked during the class and decided to feature ripe summer tomatoes. I settled on chicken panini with a tomato and feta sauce topped with melted mozzarella and fresh tomato slices. I can’t wait to take a stab at making my own sourdough!

Triple Tomato Chicken Panini
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
4 slices sourdough bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cooked butterflied boneless skinless chicken breasts, warmed
1 large tomato, sliced
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Place feta cheese and tomato sauce in a food processor and pulse until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in sun dried tomatoes.

Use a pastry brush to evenly spread olive oil over each slice of bread. Flip slices of bread over and evenly spread with feta tomato sauce. Top two slices evenly with chicken, tomato slices, and mozzarella cheese. Top with the remaining slices of bread, tomato sauce side down. Place sandwiches in a preheated panini press and cook until bead is crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Makes 2 panini.

Nutrition: 503 calories, 24.0g fat, protein per panino
Cost: $2.60 per panino

26 Responses to Triple Tomato Chicken Panini

  1. Aww seems like you guys had so much fun! I am super jealous of your ben and jerry’s experience…and love teh picture of you and your mom with the beer!

  2. Hi! I just came across your blog!
    My friend and I have been exchanging e-mails about sourdough starter. I really want to start one but every time I’ve tried it turns out not quite right. Please do blog about it if you start your own! Or just share the tips you learned :)
    Looking forward to checking out more of your posts!

  3. What an awesome time with your parents. The Chihuly exhibit looks amazing, I’d love to see more of it if you have any extra pictures!

    I bet your Mom got a kick out of being the student again instead of the teacher :)

    So glad they were able to visit!

  4. Aw, what a great time with your fam!

    I met a darling blogger couple today that would absolutely love this post, because the wife and kid adores tomatoes, and the husband is a beer-lover. I just emailed them this post. :)

  5. Sounds like you had an awesome trip! It was entirely my pleasure to come in to see you and your mom. Thanks for visiting King Arthur! Glad you went to Yama, too – it doesn’t look like much, but it’s so good.

  6. Between the Magic Hat Brewery tour and the Kind Arthur cooking class I am suuuper jealous of your weekend! Love the photos – I don’t know that I’ve seen hubby on your blog before :)

  7. The panini sounds incredible!! I would love to make my own sourdough too. Maybe I will tackle that this week… as I have a nice staycation right now.

  8. hehe, what a great weekend :) love all the photos! and that sandwich sounds wonderful, mmm, tomatoes.

    i tossed my sourdough, but i’ll be trying again in my new apartment, the heat/humidity in my current one didn’t help my misreading the directions :)

  9. mmm your panini looks fantastic!!! I have been getting the tomato and mozzarella panini from Panera lately and it’s so delicious, but I’d love to make your at-home version with chicken and feta! I think the sun-dried tomatoes really make the sandwich! Looks like you had an awesome visit with your parents! I’d love to take a bread making class!

  10. Thanks everyone!

    Lisa – I made a sourdough pizza crust! Recipe will be coming soon…. :)

    Molly – She was very cute and asked a lot of questions!

    Michelle – Yes, we get that a lot :)

    Sophia – Aww, thanks!

    Allison – Thanks again, hopefully we’ll be back soon and get to see Amelia again too :)

    Elina – I can share my starter with you (and the directions) if you’d like :)

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