Chicken Marinara Panini

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ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup plus 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Ciabatta rolls cut into halves
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1-1/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 cup Mezzetta® Family Recipes Marinara
 

preparation

Butterfly the chicken breasts. Cut each one in half and pound to 1/4" thickness. Season with salt and pepper.

In a 3 quart saute pan over medium heat, warm the 1 cup oil until hot. Brush the rolls on both sides with oil. Preheat an electric panini press to medium.

Place the flour and eggs in separate bowls. In another bowl mix together the bread crumbs and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the chicken into the eggs, letting the excess drip off. Place the chicken in the bread crumb mixture, pressing gently so the crumbs adhere.

Place 2 chicken pieces in the hot oil in the saute pan and fry, turning once, until golden and crisp (about 3 minutes). Transfer to a plate. Repeat to fry the remaining chicken.

Place 1 piece of chicken on the bottom of each roll and top with 1/3 cup mozzarella, 1 Tbs basil and 1/4 cup Mezzetta 24 oz Marinara sauce. Cover the top halves of the rolls. Place 2 of the sandwiches on the preheated panini press, close the lid and cook until the cheese is melted (about 3-4 minutes).

Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and cut in half. Repeat to cook the remaining sandwiches.

Serve immediately.