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F*ck Yeah, Pesto Chicken Panini

(With Some Pasta)

What You’ll Need:

2 lb chicken breast

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Red Onion

2-3 Mushroom Bulbs

8 Slices of Swiss Cheese

1 Jar of Pesto Sauce

Sliced or Loaf of dough, or any kind of sliced bread.

4 cups of Orzo Pasta

Season With

½ tablespoon of Salt

½ tablespoon of Pepper

1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon of olive oil - Truffle oil if you want to be fancy (It’s so deliciously good)

  • Grab your chicken breast and slice it in half, we want about an inch thick. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

  • Next slice all the veggies, lengthwise, to about half an inch (just make ‘em skinny).

  • Now, boil 3 Qts of water in a saucepan and heat your grill/panini pan over medium/high with a tablespoon of olive oil. Heat for about 5 minutes until hot. (Yes, you can use any old skillet.)

  • Once the skillet is hot add in chicken breast, laying them flat, and reduce the heat to medium/low and cook until both sides are lightly browned.

  • Add the mix of veggies to a corner of the pan and cook them until they soften. About 5 minutes.

  • Once your water is boiling salt it heavily, about 2 teaspoons.

  • Add the Orzo pasta and reduce heat to medium. Boil for about 8-10 minutes or until al dente.

  • Once the chicken and veggies are done remove them from the pan and set them aside covered.

  • Re-oil your pan and reduce the heat to low.

  • Take your bread and a spoon full of the pesto sauce. Lather both sides generously.

  • Add the sliced cheese to one top layer and a chicken breast to the bottom layer.

  • Grab a handful of veggies and scatter them on top of the chicken breast and put both layers together.

  • Add them to the pan and cook for an additional 2 minutes on each side.

  • The pasta should be done by now. Drain the water and add it back to the saucepan.

  • Toss the pasta in some olive oil and season with salt and pepper and lemon juice.

  • Add a tablespoon of pesto sauce and stir until it’s evenly coated. I like to add a little granulated garlic as well. Love me some garlic.

  • Now that everything is done all there is left to do is plate it and enjoy.

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Algis Aguirre
Algis Aguirre
Jun 16, 2021

This came out amazing, I wasn’t expecting the lemon juice at the end, but I understand why now


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