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BBQ Chicken Panini

Trying to clear some food from the freezer and I keep pushing around some chicken that I cooked in the crockpot, shredded and then mixed in barbecue sauce.    I saw this idea on Pinterest, and thought it would be a perfect meal for Date Day.      Thanks so much to Carrian at Oh Sweet Basil for the inspiration!


BBQ Chicken Panini

4 slices Italian bread (I used Wonder Italian Bread)
1 1/2c shredded cooked chicken, mixed with bbq sauce (I like Jack Daniels or Sweet Baby Ray's)
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
4oz shredded Mexican Blend Cheese- approximate (life is too short to measure cheese)
Butter

Heat panini press.   Assemble the sandwiches by laying out 2 slices of bread.   Top each slice with shredded cheese.   Divide the bbq chicken mixture between the two sandwiches.   Add sliced red onion.    Sprinkle on more shredded cheese.   Top with the remaining 2 slices of bread.    Spread butter on the bread, and then place it buttered side down on the panini press.  Quickly butter the top slice of bread, and close the press.     Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted. 



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