Pulled Chicken Panini with Pickled Onions, Apple, and Melty Cheese
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Serves: 4 sandwiches
  • ½ small red onion, cut into thin rings
  • 2 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup honey (** or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Tabasco sauce (** more to taste)
  • 3 cups pulled chicken (** cut up rotisserie chicken will work as well)
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • Gluten-free bread, cut into thick sandwich-sized slices
  • 4 thick slices of your favorite melty cheese (** either smoked cheddar or smoked gouda are great)
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
  1. In a large bowl, toss the onion with the sugar, salt & pepper, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the red wine vinegar and water, pressing down with a plate to submerge the onion.
  3. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  4. In a small saucepan, over medium heat .. warm the honey, cider vinegar, Tabasco, and ½ tsp. pepper over medium heat until the honey melts (~ 2-3 minutes)
  5. Add the chicken and broth, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken has heated through and absorbed most of the sauce (~ 5 minutes).
  6. ** At this point add more Tabasco if you'd like more heat
  7. Assemble your sandwich with cheese, chicken, onion, and apples. Heat in your panini press until the bread is browned and the cheese has melted (~ 1-2 minutes).
  8. Cut in half, and serve
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 36
% Carbs: 32
% Fat: 28
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Sandwich (out of 4 total) Calories: 395 Fat: 14.78 Carbohydrates: 37.4 Sugar: 21.5 Protein: 41.34
Recipe by Veggies By Candlelight at https://www.veggiesbycandlelight.com/pulled-chicken-panini-with-pickled-onions-apple-and-melty-cheese/