My husband was watching Food Network a few weeks ago and inspiration hit! He insisted we go to the grocery store right away and get the ingredients to create this sandwich.
I have to admit...it is very delicious! I am proud of his creation!
I didn't get pictures of that first time we made it, but made sure to get some when I made it for dinner earlier this evening! It is a sandwich worth sharing!
Rye bread, moist rotisserie chicken, cole slaw, provolone, and 1000 island dressing pressed together in a panini grill. It is a fabulous combination!! Thanks to my husband Delan!
It is best to make the cole slaw ahead because it develops more flavor as it refrigerates. This recipe is from a Top Secret Recipe book. It is a clone of KFC Cole Slaw. It is excellent! (In fact the only cole slaw I have successfully made!)
If you don't feel like making cole slaw you could easily go to KFC and pick some up to go!
Then make the 1000 Island Dressing.
My mom showed me how to make this when I was very young. It is the only 1000 Island dressing I will eat! It is delicious! Not only is it an excellent addition to this sandwich, it is fabulous on a tossed salad!
I am not even going to recommend 1000 Island dressing from a bottle.
This picture makes my meat look very pink! It was not this color at all! Oh well!
I used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I used some white meat and some dark.
Season the meat a bit with a sprinkle of pepper, Lawry's All-Purpose Seasoning, or whatever other spices sound good at the moment! A bit of cayenne pepper might add a nice kick!
Soft rye bread from the bakery and provolone cheese sliced at the deli.
I have also used a pumpernickel/rye swirl bread, and a plain pumpernickel bread.
The hubby prefers rye bread. To me it doesn't matter... I love any bread!
Butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Assemble like this: buttered sides of bread facing out, 1000 Island dressing on the inside of each bread slice, provolone next to the dressing (i used 2 slices), then chicken sandwiched between the cheese.
Place the sandwich on a hot panini grill. If you don't have one I would grill it in a pan like you would do grilled cheese. Grill until cheese is melted and bread has golden grill marks.
Split sandwich open and put in the cole slaw. Put sandwich back together.
Enjoy your yummy panini! Use extra 1000 Island dressing for dipping if you so desire!
I am definitely having one for lunch tommorrow! Oh I can't wait!
DELAN'S CHICKEN PANINI
8 cups finely chopped cabbage (1 head)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (1 medium carrot)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 T. white vinegar
2 1/2 T. lemon juice
In a bowl, mix together cabbage and carrot. In a smaller bowl, blend remaining ingredients with a whisk until smooth. Pour into cabbage and stir until well mixed. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
Mom's 1000 Island Dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
ketchup added until mayo is pinkish in color
approximately 1 T. sweet relish
Season with pepper, onion powder, celery salt
(sometimes I add a small dash of cayenne pepper)
Mix well with wire whisk. Add a little water if you prefer a thinner dressing.
For both of these recipes I only use Best Food's or Hellman's Mayonnaise.
Rye or pumpernickel bakery bread
Fully cooked rotisserie chicken, sliced thinly
Lawry's, Pepper, etc. to season chicken
Provolone cheese, sliced
1000 Island dressing
Using 2 slices of bread, butter 1 side of each piece. Placing buttered side down, spread each piece with 1000 Island dressing. Place 1 slice of provolone on top of each piece of bread (on top of dressing). Place seasoned chicken on top of cheese. Put sandwich together. Place on a hot panini grill or in frying pan on the stove. Grill until cheese is melted and golden grill marks appear on bread.
Open up sandwich (the chicken will stick to the melted cheese). Place desired amount of coleslaw on top of chicken. Close up sandwich. Cut in half and serve with additional 1000 Island dressing if you so desire!