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Chicken, Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese Panini with Arugula Tomato Salad.

  • 1 (5 oz) pkg
    baby arugula
  • 1 lb
    chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 (4 oz) log
    goat cheese
  • 2
    red bell peppers
  • 2
  • 4
    whole grain buns or rolls
    balsamic vinegar
    black pepper
    extra virgin olive oil
    virgin coconut oil
  • 1
    Preheat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 2
    Slice chicken in half horizontally to form thin fillets. Season with salt and pepper.
    1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 3
    Coat grill/skillet with oil. Add chicken and cook until cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
    2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 4
    Wash, seed, and cut bell peppers into short strips.
    2 red bell peppers
  • 5
    Return grill/skillet to stove. Add peppers and cook until tender-crisp, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to plate with chicken.
  • 6
    Peel and mince garlic. In a small bowl, prepare the spread by mashing together garlic, goat cheese, vinegar, and oregano.
    2 cloves garlic
    1 (4 oz) log goat cheese
    1 tsp balsamic vinegar
    1 tsp oregano
  • 7
    Slice buns/rolls in half.
    4 whole grain buns or rolls
  • 8
    Thinly slice chicken into strips.
  • 9
    Spread ⅛ of the goat cheese mixture onto each of the 8 bun/roll halves. Top bottom halves with a few arugula leaves, chicken, and ½ of the bell peppers (save the rest for the salad). Close with top halves.
  • 10
    Place sandwiches on grill/skillet and carefully flatten using a panini press or something heavy. Cook until browned and crispy on the bottom, 1-2 minutes. Carefully flip and continue cooking until browned on the other side, another 1-2 minutes.
  • 11
    In a large bowl, prepare salad dressing by whisking together oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    ⅛ tsp salt
    ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 12
    Wash and dry arugula and tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into thin wedges. Add arugula, tomatoes, and remaining bell pepper to bowl with dressing. Toss salad.
    1 (5 oz) pkg baby arugula
    2 tomatoes
  • 13
    To serve, cut panini in half and place on a plate with salad on the side. Enjoy!