COURTESY OF SARAH DANIELS
I am a sucker for Starbucks. My go-to is a soy pumpkin spice latte (I know, I know) and a bacon gouda if it’s breakfast or a chicken double smoked bacon panini with Sriracha if it’s lunch. While these are so delicious, they are also not cheap — so I set out to duplicate my favorite lunch panini.
If you haven’t had this panini before, it has a ciabatta-style bun with chunks of chicken, double smoked bacon, and a sort of ranch-flavored dressing on the buns. If you like cheese, I’d suggest provolone. You can also try this with turkey, without bacon, with a different bun – the opportunities are endless! But this is a pretty good knock off for the original.
Bacon (pre-cooked or not)
1 Chicken breast
2 Tb softened butter or margarine
2 tsp Ranch seasoning
Optional: Garlic powder
Optional: Onion powder
Mix the ranch seasoning with the softened butter, spread the entire amount on both buns. Use the entire amount or the sandwich will be very dry.
Lightly toast the buns.
Season the chicken breast and cook. I used my smoker, but how you cook it doesn’t really matter.
Slice the chicken into thin chunks.
Cook the bacon! My sandwich was square, so I made a bacon lattice to hone my inner Gordon Ramsay.
Build your sandwich: bottom bun, chicken, bacon, then the top bun.
Optional: Add your favorite coffee drink to complete the “Starbucks” image.