13 February 2012

Chicken "Panini" with Mozzarella

For all of you out there who might still be planning your Valentine's dinner, you might want to consider this recipe! Although seafood is a Valentine's tradition in our house, perhaps a wonderful chicken dish would fit your lover's dinner desires. This dish is easy enough to prepare. You can make the salsa rossa in advance and grill your chicken "panini's" right before you want to sit down for a nice candle-lit dinner.

Chicken "Panini" with Mozzarella
(From The Newlyweds' Cookbook)
Yield: 4 Servings

8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
4 large, skinless, boneless chicken breasts
8 Large Fresh Basil leaves, plus extra to serve
2 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Salsa Rossa (see recipe here), for serving
Mixed Salad Leaves, for serving

Cut the mozzarella into 8 thick slices and set aside. Put the chicken breasts onto a board and, using a sharp knife, cut horizontally through the breast without cutting all the way through. Open out flat and season the insides with a little salt and pepper. Put 2 basil leaves, a few garlic slices and 2 slices of cheese in each breast, then fold back over, pressing firmly together. Secure with toothpicks. Brush the chicken with a little oil and cook on a preheated outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan for about 8 minutes on each side. Serve hot with the salsa rossa, a few basil leaves and mixed salad leaves.


  1. My kind of meal! YUM!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Yumm mmy! that looks so delicious, might me my meal tonight!

  3. are those potatoes on the side? how did you made them?

    1. Those sure are potatoes! I posted the recipe right before this: