Chicken Caprese Panini with a Side of Life

Guess who has been up since 3:30?! Nope, not Kaitlyn. She went right back down after her 3:30 snack, but me… well my insomnia decided there were much more important things to do like read strangers’ how-we-met stories on my phone, mentally record mine and David’s for future reference then contemplate how hard it would be to get my old computer to Best Buy with two kids in tow to see if they could retrieve long lost college photos. Then wonder if I really want to see those anyway. So as if you couldn’t grasp it on your own, I’ve been up nearly 3.5 hours and have yet to do anything deemed productive. However, I do have something yummy to share today if you can make it through my rambles.

egg and avocado on sourdough

Nope, not the this, but I was hoping a pretty picture of my favorite breakfast of the moment would keep you scrolling. If not that, how about a baby picture?

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Did it work? Ok, let’s talk first about yesterday morning. Hailey was playing with a friend and felt quite footloose and fancy free with just Kaitlyn. We drove to another neighborhood and did a mile loop along the golf course. Only a mile because after my run, though my legs felt great, my lower abs were on fire. I guess you do use those suckers while running and mine have yet to return since Kaitlyn made her appearance. Note taken.

HEbrews coffee mooresville

When Kaitlyn took her stroller nap, I headed to HEbrews, an adorable little coffee shop. If you ask me, what the world needs is more cute coffee joints and less Starbucks. …wait… where’d everybody go? After a peaceful 45 minutes we headed home and did the whole lunch and books dance. The storms really rolled in at that point and we all spent the afternoon napping peacefully.

blissful nap

Juuuuust kidding.


Why don’t my babies like to sleep on me? I promise I shower at least every 4 days. Not wanting to use the TV after nap, I decided we needed to venture out.

josh's farmers market mooresville

For what?, you may ask. A single tomato. Not because I didn’t have tomatoes at home, but because they were yellow. And I wanted a red one. Guilt ensued so I bought two. And some honey because, well, why not.

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After stalling by chatting with a friend at the market, then driving around the neighborhood until Hailey called me out demanding to know just what we were doing (mom of the year I tell ya!), we arrived back home. Where I made a sandwich.

caprese panfried chicken panini

And it was good. So I decided to blog about it today. And here we finally are at the point of this entire monologue… I made a sandwich. YUM.

caprese chicken panini

Pan-fried Chicken Caprese Panini
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These flavor-packed paninis capture all of summer's flavors in each bite while the pan-fried chicken adds a nice crunch and heartiness to fill you up.
Serves: 4 sandwiches
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 20 large basil leaves
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  1. Pound the chicken until it is ¼-1/2 inch thick. Cut each one in half to create 4 chicken pieces.
  2. Set up dredging station by mixing egg and milk together in one bowl and the breadcrumbs in another.
  3. Dredge each chicken piece in egg mixture, then breadcrumbs and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add chicken breast to the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes before flipping them over for another 2 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside.
  6. Assemble the sandwiches by brushing each slice of bread with a little olive oil, then layering 4-5 basil leaves, ¼ cup mozzarella, 1-2 tomato slices sprinkled with salt, chicken and another ¼ cup mozzarella for each sandwich.
  7. Press them in a panini maker and serve.

What are your favorite panini combos?

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