Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grilled Chicken and Apple Panini with Goat Brie

Spring has sprung here in Colorado, but there is still a nip in the air once the sun goes down. I've been itching to get out and fire up the grill but what's a barbecue if you can't sit outside and enjoy it? I decided to try for the same effect by grilling chicken tonight on my panini maker. It is easily one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. The chicken was extremely easy to prepare, and not to mention quick and easy clean up! If you don't have a panini grill-I suggest you invest in one; trust me you will get more use out of it than you'll know. Please try this recipe and I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as mine did.

As far as the great cheese debate goes, depending on how sensitive you are to dairy, most people who can't have cow's milk can digest goats milk much easier. Personally, I can't have any cows milk. It tends to be much higher in preservatives and higher in protein so your body has trouble passing it. I will get sick if I have to much goat or sheep cheese, but in moderation I've found it to be OK. Buen Prubechu! (Enjoy your meal) and stay healthy.

Grilled Chicken and Apple Panini with Goat Brie:
2 boneless and skinless free range chicken breasts

4 slices of gluten free bread of your choice
Mixed greens
Apple-thinly sliced
Goat brie
Sriracha (optional) 
Garlic Powder
Salt and pepper

Placing your chicken breasts between saran wrap, pound meat with a tenderizer until flattened. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides to taste and place on your panini grill and on low grill for about 2 minutes depending on thickness. While chicken is grilling, in a bowl add equal parts Vegenaise to mustard and if desired add 3 or 4 drops of Sriracha. Combine them together, then spoon generously over your gluten free bread. Slice your apple as thinly as possible and place a few slices on the side of bread with the "aioli". If tolerated, slice your goat brie and place over your apple. Add a generous amount of mixed greens over cheese, then place your warm chicken on your greens. Put second piece of bread on top and brush with olive oil. Place olive oil side down on the panini maker and brush the other side as well. Close your panini maker and let your sandwich be pressed for about 5 minutes or until your cheese is melted. Serve with the side of your choice, and enjoy!

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