California Avocado, Rosemary Chicken, and Pancetta Panini

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Nutritional Highlights (per serving)

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34 g
Total Fat
45 g
115 mg
1340 mg


Serves: 6
  boneless and sinkless chicken breast halves
  As needed  Olive oil, as needed
tsp.  finely chopped fresh rosemary
  cloves garlic, chopped finely
  Califoria avocado
Tbsp.  lemon juice
tsp.  finely chopped lemon zest
  As needed  Salt, as needed
  As needed  Pepper, as needed
Tbsp.  mayonnaise
12    pieces focaccia, about 4" X 5" each
  medium tomatoes, sliced
  slices (rounds) pancetta (Italian bacon), fried crisp. Two to three slices of bacon may be substituted for each slice of pancetta.
  As needed  Arugula leaves as needed

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Pound each chicken breast hapf to an even thickness, about 3/8 “. To pound chicken, put 1 breast half between two pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with mallet or the flat side of a French knife to desired thickness, repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. Lightly coat each piece with olive oil; rub each with some of the rosemary and garlic.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or up to 12.
  4. To prepare sandwiches:
  5. Roughly mash avocado; stir in lemon juice and zest; reserve.
  6. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  7. In a frying pan lightly filmed with olive oil, pan-grill chicken until just firm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes per side; reserve.
  8. Spread a generous tablespoon of the avocado mixture on 6 pieces of focaccia; spread 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise on remaining pieces of focaccia, mayonnaise-side down.
  9. Lightly film a large, hot frying pan with olive oil.
  10. Pan grill sandwiches, lightly pressing down on each with a spatula, as they cook, until focaccia is browned on the bottom.
  11. Turn; repeat procedure.
  12. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 760
Total Fat 34 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 mg
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 45 g
Total Carbs 0 g
Cholesterol 115 mg
Sodium 1340 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Sugar 0 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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