Aug 31, 2012

Chicken Panini with herb bread

Best way to use leftover chicken!

Last week we friends ordered 2 biryanis from a hyderabadi restaurant close to our place. 
The biryani was yummy, but it was enough to serve atleast 4!  So obviously some of that went in the freezer, and this ‘some’ included much rice and a big thigh piece of chicken. The next day I came back home early from work and kept the water for tea. I found myself craving for a snack, as it was too early for dinner but I was feeling really famished!  I was thinking about making a veg sandwich. I opened the vegetable box and found the herb bread I bought 2 days back. (I really need to stop impulsive buying - Half the time I simply forget what I bought!) Now, what better way to use good bread than to make a sandwich of it. But why to use the veggies when I had some leftover chicken? I took the chicken out & thawed it (2 min on full power in microwave). Chicken in biryanis are usually very differently spiced than chicken for sandwiches. They can be used in rolls or wraps, but for a sandwich I tweaked the chicken a bit. Let’s see how I made a yummy Panini that day and used 2 of the few ingredients-waiting in the queue in my fridge!

Serves: 1-2 depending on how hungry you are!
Chicken pieces 1 thigh/breast/with bone or boneless/any leftover cooked chicken
Soya sauce - 2 tsp
½ sliced Onion
Garlic – 1 clove
Spicy tomato sauce – 1 spoonful
Salt and pepper – To taste
Mayonnaise – 1 tbsp
Mustard sauce – 2 tsp (optional)
Grated Cheese or cheese slice (optional)
Butter – To toast the bread
Oil – 2 tsp

  • De-bone the cooked chicken if required.
  • Make small pieces of the chicken or separate it with hands to make it into thick shreds.
  • Heat the oil in a small non stick pan.
  • Add chopped garlic clove and sliced onions.
  • Heat it on medium flame till onions turn golden brown.
  • Add the chicken pieces, soya sauce, and tomato sauce.
  • Just sauté for 2-3 mins so that the chicken heats up, absorbs all the flavors and gets moist. Turn off the stove and keep onions aside.
  • Now slice the bread from the middle and spread butter on both sides.
  • Toast in a pan on both sides.
  • Now put cheese on one bread slice if you like. On the other slice first spread mustard and then some mayonnaise. Don’t completely blend these two. Their tastes should stand out.
  • Put the chicken pieces with onions on other bread slice.
  • Top with the other bread slice and the Panini is ready. Slice it in half and serve with ketchup.

You can also add tomato and cucumber slices to the sandwich to make it a complete meal.
Chef’s Tip: Try to use either the butter on bread or the cheese only instead of both as otherwise it can get very high in calories. It can be made with any chicken leftovers, but if it’s some Chinese style chicken, then you can skip the mayo and increase the soya sauce according to the chicken quantity.
Variations: Vegetarians can try doing the same with any Paneer/Cauliflowers leftovers!


  1. yummy and instant recipe..liked it..

  2. Wow simple and quick snacks. Now that is "my kind" of food. Great use of leftovers, or in your case forgetovers :D.
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