The Shady Porch: Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini


Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini

We love sandwiches at our house! I think a warm grilled sandwich is one of the great comfort foods. (Grilled cheese immediately comes to mind, along with a big YUM!) The  panini is a toasted  Italian sandwich filled with various combinations of meats, cheeses, and usually vegetables.  This particular recipe combines the delicious flavors with chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon, Ranch dressing and Dijon mustard.  It is quick and easy to prepare making it a great weekday dinner choice for busy families!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini with tater tots
The perfect crunchy sandwich with the perfect crunchy side dish.

 Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini
8 slices Crusty Italian Bread
4 T. butter, softened
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Dijon Mustard or your favorite spicy mustard
Ranch Dressing 
4 thick slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
8 slices cooked Bacon
Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini
Cook bacon, set aside.
Cook chicken breasts using your preferred method (I usually bake mine or use the Foreman grill, but, today, I pan fried them.). Slice into strips and set aside.
Slice Italian bread - 8 slices needed

To assemble sandwiches - spread Ranch dressing on one bread slice and Dijon on the other. Be generous... the mustard and Ranch dressing combine to become a "sauce" for the sandwich. Arrange chicken, bacon and cheese on the bottom slice and then add the top slice. Generously butter both sides of the sandwich, grill in panini maker, if you have one. If not, (and I do not...) here's how I made mine. I placed the sandwich in a hot skillet, then pressed it with a foil-wrapped cast iron skillet set on top of the sandwich. The pressing helps brown the bread. Next, flip the sandwich, re-set the cast iron skillet, and brown the other side, too. Slice in half and serve immediately with your favorite sides (pickle spears, chips, tater tots or potato salad, etc.)
Recipe from the Tasty Kitchen

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