Pulled BBQ Chicken Panini

by on June 8, 2010

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In the world of pop music, the remix is often better than the original. When it comes to the panini on this blog, the same holds true.

My tastes haven’t necessarily changed that much over the years, but the more I learn about food the more I find my philosophies about it are evolving. Take, for instance, the Barbecued Chicken Panini I made two years ago (cut me some slack on those old photos, I was still relatively new at this). I’d still eat and enjoy a barbecue sauce-marinated chicken breast with mozzarella, red onions and cilantro on crusty bread today. But you know what I’d love even more? Shredded chicken from a whole-roasted bird, simmered in homemade barbecue sauce with fresh mozzarella and caramelized onions on chili-oil drizzled Italian bread.

God made napkins so we could partake of sandwiches like this. I felt like I was in a Carl’s Jr commercial, minus the bikini body. I savored every sloppy bite. Ellie Krieger’s pulled BBQ chicken recipe is easy to prepare, especially with the help of a rotisserie chicken, and the sweet-smoky flavor of the homemade sauce is mouthwatering. I ate this chicken for several days in a row – it’s the kind of dish that just gets better the longer the flavors meld together.

I try really hard to resist the temptation to go back to my early blog posts and update them to reflect my current thinking on panini and food in general. That’s what makes this a “blog” and not just a “website” – it’s an account of my cooking journey, embarrassing episodes and all. But while I don’t want to change what I’ve done in the past, I think a little recipe remix every now and then is fair :-).


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nate @ House of Annie June 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

While I agree that a blog does show evolution, I think that old recipes should be revisited / revised if our newer thinking clashes with them. I like that you put the comparison chart up – what a great way to contrast the before and after!
Nate @ House of Annie´s last blog post ..Dim Sum @ Noble House, Singapore


2 Wei-Wei June 10, 2010 at 4:50 am

This looks amazing. I love pulled chicken/pork/beef. Pulled anything, really, because pulled usually means lovely and tender. Mmmmmmmm.

Wei-Wei´s last blog post ..to hell with productivity.


3 Steph June 10, 2010 at 7:53 am

YUM – all of my favorite things in one sandwich. Looks great!
Steph´s last blog post ..Grilled Balsamic Skirt Steak


4 Jenny Flake June 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

Oh mama mia this looks incredible! One for lunch would be heaven today!! Great recipe girl!


5 bellini valli June 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

Pass me a napkin please:D


6 Joanne June 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm

No offense to your old recipe, but this remix is off the charts!
Joanne´s last blog post ..Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches with Tahini Sauce on Bittman’s French Bread


7 The Duo Dishes June 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

It’s a recipe remix as the Neeleys would say! You can totally do tweaks of old recipes. You’re right that this is your journal of experimentation.
The Duo Dishes´s last blog post ..One for the Road


8 Kathy June 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Really, the Neeleys say recipe remix? LOL – that must be what put it in my head. Oh well, they’re onto something. 🙂


9 Lori @ RecipeGirl June 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

Heh, heh, there’s nothing like a good, sloppy sandwich. You’re gonna talk me into getting a panini press one of these days 😉
Lori @ RecipeGirl´s last blog post ..Help Me Get On Oprah!


10 debra June 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

when are you going to put all these awesome pannini recipes in a book?
I would so buy it!!!!!


11 Kathy June 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

You’re so kind…maybe someday! 🙂


12 Bread Instead June 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

Looks good. I recently had a panini with tomato, mozzarella and pesto. I used bread from Liscio’s. It was warm, mushy and delicious, and the bread stayed crispy on the outside.


13 Kevin (Closet Cooking) June 24, 2010 at 9:08 am

This would be one tasty panini!


14 Cookie June 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm

My pictures aren’t nearly as nice as yours but I can still see so much improvement when I look back on my early posts. I love revamping my creations too and they definitely taste better each time!
Cookie´s last blog post ..Wishing for Summer Weather with Mini Blueberry Muffins


15 Lori Delgado October 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

LOVE the panini!!! MMM! We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I am obsessed with panini’s and this one was GREAT!! Thanks!


16 Kathy October 1, 2010 at 6:26 am

I’m so glad, Lori – that’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing your feedback! 🙂


17 Kelly December 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

Just made these for dinner last night, fabulous! Used leftover BBQ chicken made in the crockpot (very tender), shredded mozzerella (because that was what I had), carmelized onions and Pumpernickel bread. Awesome! I’ll definitely come back to this website for new and exciting recipes.


18 Kathy December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

That sounds fabulous, Kelly! I like the pumpernickel bread choice. 🙂


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