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Roasted Chicken Panini with Jalapeños en Escabeche

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Sometimes a sandwich is what you need and what it’s all about. This is a killer sandwich, full of all sorts of goodness. :)

This was what we had for dinner last night and it definitely hit the spot! Baby Lady & I hardly ever eat sandwiches. It’s not that we don’t like them but this aging thing that’s happening makes us a little more cognizant of our weight; ergo, more cognizant of what we eat. There simply aint no such thing as a delicious low carb, low calorie sandwich. It has to have real bread with real gluten flour. It has to have some fat (cheese is always good). While it doesn’t have to have protein, i.e. avocado sandwiches, it has to have some type of dressing, i.e. an aioli (mayonnaise, at least), vinaigrette, mustard, or the like. Even if you try to keep it low cal by going with an all vegetable sandwich, once you finish dressing the sandwich you would be surprised by how many calories you have just consumed. Then you have the carb load of the wonderful bread. While tasty, I gain weight just looking at sandwiches. Nevertheless, every now and then, we just have to have a sandwich. It’s one of those guilty little pleasures.

Baby Lady had a rough day at work dealing with difficult people. Then, as she’s on her way home, she stopped by Walgreens to pick up her prescriptions. Some pedestrian got offended as to the manner in which Baby Lady turned on a green light, walked all the way around store to the drive through and proceeded rudely to complain at her. As I was on the phone with her when it happened I was rather surprised and taken aback by what occurred. :o Needless to say, when she arrived home Baby Lady was miserable and didn’t have much of an appetite. It was just one of those days you should have stayed in bed. Sadly, as with everyone else, we owe, we owe so it’s off to work we go.

Thankfully, the last several days I had been cooking up a storm. I had roasted 2 chickens inasmuch as Quickstep had come over for dinner and I needed to feed him and also make chicken stock.

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© 2013 REMCooks.com – these look pretty tasty don’t they?

I fed Quickstep, deboned the chickens and had made 6-1/2 qts chicken stock. This left us with roughly 3 lb. of ready to use roasted chicken meat in the fridge. I also made a batch of Pickled Chipotle Chiles and a batch of Jalapeños en Escabeche that are simply out of this world good. We also had been to the market recently and purchased their incredibly delicious jalapeño, cheese bagels and we brought back couple wheels of asadero cheese from Licon Dairy when we visited El Paso a few weeks ago. So, as I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner given Baby Lady’s then current disposition and appetite, I knew it was a sandwich night. That would definitely cheer her up. She loves these jalapeños en escabeche. There are slightly sweet, salty, tangy with just a touch of heat. She loves the Licon asadero cheese. She absolutely loves the jalapeño, cheese bagels from the Central Market. So I knew she would really enjoy this sandwich. She did and it helped soothe over a very bad day. So, if you’re in the mood for a nice sandwich, you should definitely give this a try. Of course, you must have the jalapeños en escabeche. They really are what takes this sandwich to the next level. It’s why I make at least 2 batches a year. :)

Ingredients

  • 2 jalapeño, cheese bagels, halved
  • 8 oz. roasted chicken meat
  • 1 Tbsp mojo de ajo aioli (recipe found here)
  • asadero cheese
  • jalapeños en escabeche
  • spinach
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Instruction

Spread the mojo de ajo aioli on the bagels.

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Add the spinach

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Pile 4 oz. of the roasted chicken on each bagel.

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Now add the jalapeños en escabeche.

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Top with cheese

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Put the top on the bagel and add a pat of butter to the top.

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Butter the panini grill and put the bagels on the grill.

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Close the top.

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Grill for roughly 4 minutes until the bread is nicely toasted and the sandwich is heated through.

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Remove from grill, slice in half

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Serve & enjoy!

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16 thoughts on “Roasted Chicken Panini with Jalapeños en Escabeche”

  1. A wonderful looking sandwich, Richard, and great idea roasting chickens and using them as you did. I must say, though, that I do believe this sandwich to be low-cal. In its original state, that was definitely a higher-cal sandwich. Once it once it was pressed into a panino, however, it became low-cal. Unlike most foods, a sandwich’s caloric content is dependent upon its thickness. It’s true. I read it on the internet. :)

      1. I have got to go to bed earlier! You’re lucky. This is only the first time I’ve done it here, Stefan. Nevertheless, I’m sorry for the absentminded display and thanks for being so gracious about it.

    1. :D :D :D. Thanks for the great chuckle, John. Now that I know the sandwich’s calorie count is contingent upon sandwich thickness, I will start eating more of them. ;)

  2. We don’t eat sandwiches very often just for the reasons you give. When you have one, they have to be special and these surely were.

  3. Looks like you did just the right thing to make Baby Lady feel better. Looks good, just like those roasted chickens!
    The Dutch eat lots of sandwiches, most often for lunch but also for breakfast, but they are quite different from American ones. A sandwich I often have consists solely of freshly home baked multigrain bread and good ham. Nothing else (although most Dutchmen would add butter or margarine). Or aged Gouda, tomato, and basil. Or just bread with clover’s honey :-)

    1. Thanks, Stefan. I actually love sandwiches, especially breakfast sandwiches. With John’s advice I’ll just be sure to make them thinner to reduce the overall calorie load. ;)

  4. Mmmm. That looks delicious! And you’re right! Sometimes nothing less than a good sandwich will do, even for a low-carber like me. Made one yesterday myself for lunch, with leftover grilled grass-fed Hanger Steak and my latest low-carb bread. So satisfying. I’d like to try this one of yours sometime!

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