This is one of my absolute favorite sandwiches…and it is so easy to make. So, what makes this sandwich so special? The zest of an orange and lemon is added in with my favorite sandwich condiment, mayonnaise! The concept of adding zest, garlic or ginger is something I have used before in burgers or anything that I want to increase the flavor. I also love ciabatta bread. Our grocery store has started carrying whole wheat ciabatta which I was really excited about. If you hate mayonnaise, try substituting for a different condiment. If you prefer a cold sandwich, skip the Panini grill. Hot or Cold, this sandwich is so light and refreshing!
Citrus Chicken Panini
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
Ciabatta loaf, halved lengthwise
6 slices mozzarella cheese
1/2 pound thinly sliced deli chicken breast
2 cups arugula
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat Panini grill.
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, and zests. Spread mixture evenly over cut sides of bread. Layer cheese, chicken, arugula, and tomato evenly over bottom half of bread. Cover with op half of bread.
Brush grill with olive oil. Grill sandwich for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sandwich is heated through. Cut into slices to serve. Garnish with arugula, if desired.
Source: Cooking with Paula Deen, May/June 2009