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Greek Chicken Panini


GREEK CHICKEN PANINI
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh, or 1/2 teaspoon dried, oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded English cucumber, patted dry
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
8 thin slices Panera Bread Country Miche
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
8 thin slices tomato
8 lettuce leaves
4 thin slices red onion

Make Marinade: Combine 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, 4 teaspoons of the garlic, the olive oil, the oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper in a zip top bag. Add the chicken; seal the bag and shake to coat the meat. Refrigerate it for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.

Cook Chicken: Coat a grill pan or large heavy skillet with cooking spray and heat it to medium high. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade. Add the cutlets to the pan and cook until no longer pink in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Make Sandwich Spread: Meanwhile, combine the yogurt, cucumber, dill, and remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on one side of all the slices of bread.

Build Sandwich:  Layer the cheese, cooked chicken, tomato, lettuce, and onion on four of the bread slices. Top with the remaining bread slices, compressing the sandwiches.

Cook the sandwiches in the pan under a heavy weight (such as another heavy skillet) until they are browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal.

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