Updated: Dec 18, 2018
I would say this has to be one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. I already want to make it again and the next day when I had it for lunch, I was looking forward to it all day :) It was even good cold! I got this inspiration from the countless times I eat goat cheese and order it from restaurants. I really like when there is a sweet balsamic glaze with it, so when I saw balsamic in the pantry the other day it popped into my head. I had gotten a bunch of goat cheese from Costco so I thought I would utilize that. Then I thought how much I love chicken, avocado and bacon together.. so clearly this all together could be heaven!
The night before I would marinate the chicken breasts so you don't have to worry about that after work.
Mediterranean Chicken Marinade:
Depending on how much chicken you have these measurements can vary. I would say the best bet would be to use as much olive oil that will cover over them and then depending on how much chicken adjust the rest of the ingredients. Below I will put for the 4 chicken breasts :)
garlic- 3 minced garlic cloves
olive oil (see above)
lemons- 2 lemons juiced
oregano- 2 tbl
basil- 2 tbl
salt- 1 tsp
Pepper- 1 tsp
Chicken +Bacon + Avocado + Goat Cheese Panini
-1 loaf of french bread in 1/2 inch slices or thicker.. depending on what you like for sandwiches
( I always get the loaf and cut it myself, I feel like it is fresher that way)
- 4 chicken breasts
-8 oz goat cheese
-2 tbl Italian herb
-1/4 cup light olive oil
-8 slices of bacon ( Turkey Pepper Bacon-- Welshire's)
-1 cup balsamic vinaigrette
-1/2 cup honey
-2 tbl butter
-2 tbl olive oil
-1/8 tsp minced garlic
-salt & pepper to taste
Get the chicken out of the refrigerator that you had marinating. and turn the grill on medium flame. --Cook 12 minutes-- turning the chicken 4 times-- 3 mins each time :) till nice a brown
-Then get out the bacon and your skillet that you will cook the panini's on as well. Pour 2 tbl of olive oil into the pan and turn the stove on medium/high heat
-After a couple minutes of letting it heat up add the bacon slices and cover with aluminum foil. This is my favorite way to cook bacon because it gets it EXTRA crispy and not flimsy tasting that you get in the microwave.
-Then place the bacon on a plate with a paper towel underneath to soak up excess oil and then a piece of paper towel on the top to soak up more oil
-Cut the two avocados in half, one half for each panini
-Next place goat cheese, Italian herbs, light olive oil and 1/8 tsp minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste in a medium sized bowl and mix it all together. Add more olive oil if it isn't smooth-able
-Then get out a small bowl and pour the balsamic vinaigrette and honey in the bowl and whisk together. It should have a sweet and tangy taste. If you feel you need more sweet or tangy-- adjust accordingly with more balsamic for tangy or honey for sweet :)
-NOW the arrangement
- Place 6 slices of bread on the cutting board-- two for each sandwich
-Take one of the tablespoons of butter and butter the sides that will be the outside of the sandwich so they will get crispy in the pan
- On the first slice and second slice of bread spread a layer of the goat cheese spread. Then take a spoon and drizzle the balsamic mixture on top of the goat cheese on both sides-- as generously or sparingly as you'd like. [Personally I did not put a lot at first and then once I tasted it ended up drowning it in it :) ]
-Then add 2 bacon slices, broken apart on top of the goat cheese on one slice and then half of the avocado in slices on top of that. Then as much of the chicken breast as you'd like in strips on the other slice. We did about a little more than half of breast. Then put the two slices together.
-Heat the pan with the other tablespoon of butter and place the arranged sandwiches in the pan.
-Then cover with a fitted lid and let them cook on each side until crispy brown. I like to only flip them once. I would give it a good 3-4 minutes for the first one on either side. However, once the pan has been on longer it takes less time--- so just monitor to your liking! Then once out of the pan I drizzle more of the balsamic drizzle on top :)
AND ENJOY! :)
There is a lot of little steps for this one, but really they are easy to throw together. We made them super quick during a week night after getting home from work. Just have the chicken done and your set!
ENJOY!! Thank you for looking at this scrumptious recipe!! Remember to follow me @honestfoodie_blog and #honestgrubhonestfoodie to let me know what you are making!!