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Three Cheese Spicy Chicken Panini

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Its PANINI time again!!!

And it semi-features a particular ingredient that I have been fighting with myself about-for years.

Dose ‘shrooms, guys.

Me + mushrooms = not friends

I have been known to ‘sneak’ them into meals to fool myself. And mince them to oblivion and add to ground meats. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t kinda get the bad chills when their freaky little selves end up on my pizza at a restaurant.

Even with all this resistance, I still try to incorporate them as much as I can because…well…healthy. And maybe it’s that inner foodie in me that knows I should like a healthy, nutrient packed nat-uraaal ingredient.

In the past, I have always grabbed Portobello mushrooms, but the day I found a two pound package of white mushrooms, was the day I decided I needed to try again with mushrooms.

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Two pounds is definitely ambitious for a mushroom hater, but go big or go home and they may have been on a MAJOR sale and what better time to convince yourself you like something?!

Steven on the other hand…LOVES them. I think it is a guy thing anyway.

Backup plan: Feed Steven mushrooms for daaaayz.

I gave those mushrooms a fighting chance by putting them in a cozy little butter bath next to some onions doin’ their thang and sizzling away.

I am an extra virgin olive oil girl 98% of the time but some things need buttery magic.

While those cooked and smelled, dare I say…delightful? I prepared the chicken by slicing thinly and tossing in a quick spice rub…of Cumin, Garlic Salt and Red Cayenne Pepper for a spicy twist.

I turned around to add that chicken to some heat and WOAH…hi derr perty ‘shrooms!! Isn’t everything pretty when it’s caramelized? *insert heart eyes emoji*

Fast forward 10 minutes and —–> the moment of truth <—–sitting there smothered between crispy bread- covered with garlicy hummus, three cheesy blends, spicy chicken and smooth avocado- were those mushrooms disguised with onions.

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I took a bite and my eyes widened and umm… IT WAS GOOD.

A big ole breakthrough in my kitchen, you guys! I was jumpin’ up n’ down and actin’ a fool!

…that’s normal…right?

Just me? It’s cool. I can deal when it involves sammies like this!!

We had these yummies for a quick…late dinner but they would make a fabulous lunch too! We doubled up on the ingredients and enjoyed the leftovers. Y’all do leftovers right?!

SO good.

Oh, and embrace the white mushrooms. They are winners! <- who am i?!

Have an incredible Labor Day weekend…we will be celebrating two MORE birthdays  around here…and one of them may or may not be yours truly 😉

More on that lata!

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Three Cheese Spicy Chicken Panini
Serves: 2
  • ½ pound thinly sliced chicken
  • 1 cup sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp. red cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. brie cheese (cut in small cubes)
  • 1 oz. cheddar
  • 1 oz. jalapeno Havarti cheese
  • 2 tbsp. classic hummus
  • ½ avocado
  • 4 slices of wheat bread
  1. Prep all ingredients by chopping the mushrooms, onion, cheeses and chicken.
  2. Combine the garlic salt, cumin and red cayenne pepper in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Toss in a large bowl with sliced chicken and add to a skillet with 1 tbsp. olive oil.
  3. Cook chicken on a medium heat, 4-5minutes or until cooked through and remove to a plate.
  4. Add mushrooms and onions to two tbsp. melted butter in the same skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes until tender and caramelized. Set aside.
  5. Heat Panini press, skillet (or mini George Foreman grill, if you are me) and begin to assemble the sandwiches.
  6. Spread hummus between both sandwiches (about a tbsp. of hummus each) and divide the remaining ingredients between the two sandwiches (mushroom and onion mixture, chicken, avocado and cheeses).
  7. Cook until cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown.


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