I was never a big panini fan. My Mom and sister both love them, and my Mom bought some fancy-schmancy panini maker and just raved about it every time she used it (which was daily). I finally decided to shut her up and buy one for myself. She totally sucks cause I absolutely love it
When I first got it, I too was making panini's 5 days a week (my favorite for the longest time was Raspberry Ham Panini), but I really started to despise cleaning the machine, so I backed off for awhile. Last week I found myself craving a panini though, so I whipped out the machine and looked up some new recipes.
This Kraft chicken salad recipe ended up winning out. I have a chicken salad recipe that I usually stick to, but the inclusion of ranch dressing in this sounded really good (and it was). It's also super easy and can be made with things that I already had on hand, so that was also a plus ;)
'Chicken Salad Panini'
Source: Kraft Recipes
2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons bacon bits
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons ranch dressing
8 slices bread
1 tomato, cut into 8 thin slices
4 slices of cheese
1. Mix chicken, mayo, bacon, onions and dressing; spread onto 4 bread slices. Top with tomatoes, cheese and remaining bread.
2. Cook in preheated grill pan or panini maker sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides.