This recipe is taken from LCBO’s Food and Drink magazine Autumn 2012. The recipe for the Tomato Chili Jam is also on this blog. If you do not have a panini pan, use a skillet and press sandwiches down with a spatula. I used the food processor to make the avocado mayo with great results. I also used demi-baguettes. I do not have a panini press, so i just pressed my sandwiches down with a smaller skillet, I found the spatula too small.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 oz (175 g) each
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp (5 ml) grated lemon rind
1 tsp (5 ml) paprika
1 large ripe avocado
1/2 cup (125 ml) mayonnaise
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped coriander
1/4 cup (60 ml) finely chopped green onions
1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2 ml) sambal oelek or other Asian chili sauce
3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
4 ciabatta, Demi-baguette or buns
1/2 cup (125 ml) Tomato Chili Jam (recipe on blog)
1. Preheat oven to 450F.
2. Toss chicken with 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil and season well with salt and pepper, grated lemon rind and paprika. Heat remaining 1 tbsp (15 ml) of oil in skillet over high heat, add chicken and sear for 2 minutes a side or until golden. Place in oven and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until juices run clear. Set aside.
3. Mash avocado in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, coriander, green onions, lemon juice and sambal oelek. Stir in olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a food processor and combine.
4. To assemble: slice ciabatta open and generously spread 1 cut side with avocado mayonnaise and the other with Tomato Chili Jam. Slice chicken and pile into the middle of the sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
5. Heat a panini or grill pan and grill sandwiches for 5 minutes, pressing down on the sandwich, or until warmed through.
Makes 4 sandwiches