The famous steakhouse in LA Shiloh's, serves an Olive Tapenade with their warm, crusty baguette as soon as you sit down for a meal. This combination almost definitely means you're mostly full by the time you get the menu. I've slightly adapted the recipe from a tradition tapenade to create a pesto fusion. It's the perfect condiment for any sandwich; especially this grilled chicken panini sandwich.
I like to keep my paninis simple, as they're more like a convenience food when I prepare them at home. It's a great way to repurpose leftover chicken into a new meal. Or, you can make your own from scratch using an interesting mix of spices, with paprika and cumin being my favorite. Don't feel limited, grilled chicken is like a blank canvas, use whatever you'd like to infuse flavor to it.
Assembling the panini is a breeze. Simply add everything together and grill in a panini press or a regular pan that has grill marks. Enjoy it with a side of salad and potatoes, and you'll have a warm meal ready in minutes. You can also let your kids assemble their own paninis and sneak some sliced red bell peppers and celery into their sandwich. A fun way to have a family dinner.
Enjoy my recipe for a Chicken and Olive Panini.