BBQ Pulled Chicken Paninis with Beer Braised Onions

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As much as I love to cook, I don’t like to spend hours in the kitchen on week nights. After a long day of work, I am all about simple and healthy dinners that I can whip together quickly so that Eric and I can enjoy the rest of our evening together. One of my favorite ways to accomplish this is to do a few simple meal preps on Sunday afternoons. I typically cut up vegetables for lunches, wash and prep lettuce for salads, and throw a few chicken breasts in the slow cooker to use for easy dinners throughout the week. I’ve shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar wraps, and here is yet another easy dinner recipe that comes together in a flash. I always know I’ve stumbled upon a good recipe when Eric says “we’ve gotta add this recipe into the rotation.”  These paninis are full of flavor and made my beer and barbeque loving husband very happy.

Ingredients: Makes 2 sandwiches

  • half of a medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Amber Ale (or your favorite brew)
  • 1 cup pulled chicken (recipe here)
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • 2 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 slices bread

Preparation:

  1. Heat a medium sauce pan over medium high heat
  2. Place thinly sliced onions and beer into the pan, and cook until the liquid has evaporated and the onions become soft and tender; set aside
  3. Place pulled chicken and your favorite barbeque sauce into a small bowl and mix until well combined
  4. To assemble sandwiches, place pulled chicken on a slice of bread, top with sauteed onions, and 1 slice swiss cheese. Top with a second slice of bread
  5. Place each sandwich on a lightly greased grill, and cook until each side has lightly browned and the cheese has melted

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