Giardiniera, a pickled vegetable mixture, is available in mild and hot varieties and can be found in the Italian or pickle section of your grocery store. You can also cook the sandwiches on an indoor panini grill.
- 2 packages (12 ounces each) refrigerated breaded chicken breast tenders
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 8 slices Italian bread
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup giardiniera
- 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Heat chicken tenders in the microwave according to package directions. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place four slices, buttered side down, on a griddle or panini grill. Spread each slice with 1 tablespoon tomato sauce; top with two to three chicken tenders, 1 tablespoon giardiniera and two slices of cheese. Top with remaining bread, butter side up. Cook over medium heat until golden brown, turning once if using a griddle. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Garden Chicken Panini in Weeknight Cooking Made Easy Annual 2005, p76
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