It's funny how an idea can sound so wonderful and grand in your head, but the execution ends up being something else all-together. I imagined poaching the chicken with Italian seasoning, cutting up the succulent, juicy chicken, topping it with mozzarella and slathering the french bread with a pesto mayonnaise. It actually turned out GREAT, except for the chicken...which was a pretty big part of the Chicken pannini. :)
I poached the chicken with water and Italian seasoning and nothing else. That was my big mistake. The chicken was juicy, but totally tasteless. I should have seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper before I cooked it and used chicken stock rather than water.
The BEST part of this concoction was the PESTO MAYO. I will DEFINITELY keep some of this in my refrigerator at all times! It turned out a lot like Green Goddess Dressing/Dip. I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I slathered a slice of bread with this mayo and at it straight!
1 cup Mayo - I always use the low fat stuff...it just means I can eat more of it. :)
1 clove Garlic
1/4 cup Basil
salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and combine.
I didn't think about this until I was uploading this photo, but I bet those veggie straws would be yummy dipped in the Pesto Mayo. :)