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Santa Fe Chicken Panini


SANTA FE CHICKEN PANINI
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4

4 chicken breast cutlets
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
4 slices bacon
8 thin slices Panera Bread Sourdough Loaf
1 ripe tomato, cored and thinly sliced
4 iceberg lettuce leaves
1 small ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced


Season the chicken with the cumin, oregano, paprika, and salt. Stir together the mayonnaise and adobo sauce. Set both aside.

Cook the bacon in a grill pan or panini press on medium heat, turning once, until crisp, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain it on paper towels.

Cook the Chicken:  Discard the fat from the pan. Cook the chicken in the pan until browned and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove it to a cutting board.

Build the Sandwich:  Spread the mayonnaise mixture over the bread. Arrange the chicken, tomato, lettuce, bacon, and avocado over four of the bread slices, mashing the avocado slightly. Add the remaining bread slices, compressing the sandwiches.

Cook the sandwiches in the pan under a heavy weight (such as a heavy skillet) until they are browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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