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.
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!
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.
Mash up the avocado with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt.
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.
Heat your panini press and brush with butter or olive oil. Press the sandwich until it’s hot, crispy and gooey.
Sunday dinner is served! Just in time to watch Falling Skies.
More Panini Love:
- Muffuletta Panini
- Waffle-Iron Ham and Cheese Paninis
- Bacon and Eggs Biscuit Breakfast Panini
- Turkey Cranberry Pesto Panini
Items Used in this Recipe:
- Cuisinart Griller 3-in-1 Grill and Panini Press
- Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
- Anchor 6-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
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Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Panini
- 4 breaded chicken tenders, diced
- 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
- 6 slices bacon
- 1/2 avocado
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 4 slices cheese
- 4 slices sourdough
Making a variation of these for dinner tonight! Thanks for the great idea.
Lauren Everson 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!
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper says
It is a rainy, gross Friday night where I am. So much so that I cancelled dinner plans in favor of a good book and not being outside. This dinner sounds perfect!
Chicken ranch, that’s just funny. Thanks for the smile in addition to the good food.
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!