Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Panini

It’s Sunday.

It’s a rainy Sunday.

It’s a hot and rainy Sunday, which means it’s crazy humid.

In summary I don’t want to cook dinner.

What does that mean?  It’s sandwich night.

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Just because it’s sandwich night doesn’t mean that you must have some puny sad sandwich.  Puny sad sandwiches are just…..well they are sad and puny.

I went digging through my refrigerator to see what I had on hand.  I found a few leftover chicken tenders, half an avocado, some bacon and cheese.   Sounds like a sandwich to me!

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I liked the idea of chicken ranch.  As in chicken with ranch seasoning, not a chicken ranch sandwich. You know what I mean right?  I don’t want a chicken ranch in my sandwich because that would be gross.  Like really gross.

I am glad we got that cleared up.

Way back in the dark corners of my pantry I found a packet of ranch dressing mix.  I sprinkled some over the chicken and tossed it until well coated.

Chicken Avocado Sammie

Mash up the avocado with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt.

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If you wanted to you can buy some ready to eat bacon, but I think it’s always better to cook the bacon yourself.  Just line a sheet pan with parchment paper, lay bacon on the pan and roast in the oven at 400 degrees until crispy.

Smear a slice of sourdough bread with the mashed avocado, top with chicken, followed by bacon and finally your choice of cheese.  I used a Colby Jack.

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Heat your panini press and brush with butter or olive oil.   Press the sandwich until it’s hot, crispy and gooey.

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Sunday dinner is served!   Just in time to watch Falling Skies.

Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Panini
  • 4 breaded chicken tenders, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 6 slices bacon
  • ½ avocado
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • salt
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 4 slices sourdough
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Lay bacon on sheet pan and roast in oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until crispy.
  3. While bacon is in the oven combine diced chicken with ranch dressing mix, set aside. Mash avocado with lime juice and salt, until smooth.
  4. Heat panini press. While press is heating assemble sandwich.
  5. Spread mashed avocado on a slice of bread, followed chicken, bacon, cheese and topped with bread. Brush press with butter or olive oil. Press sandwich until warmed through, crispy and gooey.


  1. says

    Stumbled upon this when my husband requested Panini for dinner tonight. The only ingredient I have of yours is bread… but thanks for the inspiration to assess the products currently in my fridge to create my own!

  2. Vickie says

    What a gorgeous panini. I love all those ingredients and it was just plain genius to think about putting all of them together. The Ranch Dressing mix was brilliant!

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