Copycat Chicken Pesto Panini

Mandi Merriman did a little sleuthing to uncover this restaurant rip-off from a favorite lunch spot…Café Zupas.
Copycat Chicken Pesto Panini
4 ciabatta rolls, sliced in half
1 large tomato, stem removed, sliced
about a cup of alfalfa sprouts
4 slices muenster cheese
1 chicken breast, cooked, cubed
1 roasted red pepper (I used the ones from the jar = easiest), sliced into small cubes
1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted
1 batch of my homemade basil pesto (basil, garlic, pine nuts, EVOO, parmesan, lemon juice)
1 c. real mayonnaise (I love miracle whip, but don’t use it with this recipe. I beg you)

makes 4 sandwiches

In a bowl, mix together chicken breast, roasted red pepper, slivered almonds, basil pesto, and mayo until just combined.

Slightly broil your Ciabatta rolls in the oven so they’re warm and a teeny bit crispy (or, if you’re one of those people with a panini-maker… use the heck outta that thing after assembling the sandwich).

On the bottom half of the ciabatta roll, layer on your muenster cheese, chicken mixture, tomato (seasoned with salt and pepper), and alfalfa sprouts. Top with the other half of the roll, and use a toothpick to hold in place.

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