Chicken Club Panini

When I was a teenager I worked at a pizza place and they had (well, have because they are still in business) the best Chicken Club Sandwich. I would order one once a week after a shift to take home with me. So the other night I tried my hand at recreating one with a few twists…

Chicken Club Panini

Bacon, cheese, and Italian dressing make this sandwich craveable! The OG pizza place version is on a garlic bread hard roll with creamy garlic dressing instead of Italian dressing, in case you want to try that version too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp mayo or melted butter per sandwich
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder per sandwich
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 lb grilled chicken tenders marinated in Italian dressing
  • 8 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp crumbled bacon per sandwich
  • Toppings: Shredded lettuce, sliced tomato patted dry, and additional Italian dressing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Spread 1 tbsp mayo mixed with 1/4 tsp garlic powder (Mayo is our preference! It makes for a less greasy sandwich) or melted butter/garlic on 2 slices of sourdough.
  • Toss shredded lettuce with additional Italian dressing to your taste.
  • On the inside of the bread (the side without mayo/butter), lay one slice provolone cheese, bacon, 1-2 grilled marinated chicken tenders, slices of tomato (make sure to pat them dry), shredded lettuce tossed with dressing, another slice of provolone, and the last piece of sourdough with mayo/butter side facing out.
  • Turn down the heat to medium-low and "grill" on both sides for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

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