Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chipotle Panini Chicken

Panera Bread ReMake - Chipotle Chicken Panini

I love Hungry Girl. Her show starts soon and I'm excited to see what it's like! In the meantime I've been receiving her emails for awhile now and have just now started trying some of her recipes. My absolute favorite part is that ALL of the nutrition facts are included - and she even calculates the Weight Watcher Points - love this girl!!! A dream come true for all Weight Watcher fans :)

When I saw she was doing a remake of something from Panera Bread I knew I had to try it! That place is definitely one of my all time favorite places to eat. Click here for the recipe and sign up to get her emails too!

This one is for sure a keeper - even the hubby has asked me several times how to make it so he can do it himself!!!

Weight Watchers - 6 Points on the new Points Plus Program

This recipe is for ONE serving. So double, triple, etc. accordingly to make it work for your family!

1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. adobo sauce (from canned chipotle peppers) or chipotle hot sauce (like the kind by Tabasco)
2 dashes onion powder
2 dashes garlic powder

One 100-calorie flat sandwich bun (like Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins)
2 oz. cooked skinless lean chicken breast, shredded or pulled into pieces (we even used canned chicken the second time - just make sure to drain it REALLY well)
1 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh basil
2 thin slices red onion
2 slices plum tomato
1 stick light string cheese, shredded or pulled into pieces

1. In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Set aside.

2. Split bun in half and lay the halves flat, split sides up. Evenly spread half of the sauce onto the bun halves, leaving half of the sauce in the bowl. Set aside.

3. To the bowl with the remaining sauce, add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside.

4. Evenly top one bun half with basil, onion, tomato, saucy chicken, and cheese. Place the other half on top, sauce side down.

5. Bring a grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Place sandwich in the pan. Using a spatula, press down gently but firmly to seal the sandwich. Grill until hot and lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully and pressing down with the spatula to seal. (We don't have a grill pan or a panini press - but our George Foreman grill works perfectly!)

Cut in half (or not) and enjoy!


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