Chicken Panzanella – toasted bread cubes, tomatoes, red onion, basil and fresh mozzarella tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This salad is full of flavor and makes a great dinner for a hot summer’s night or any night!
There are times as a blogger when I make a recipe that I have a really hard time coming up with a name for it unless I’ve borrowed it from another site.
Yesterday I was in the grocery store, trying to figure out what to make for dinner and it came to me!
I’d made this “salad” a couple months ago and the family loved it. I’d put it together one night after we’d eaten some caprese paninis a few nights before.
It had bread, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and I tossed it in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
It was SO good!
We ate it so fast that I didn’t take pictures or even write the recipe down…or if I did, I have no idea where it disappeared to.
So, last night I did my best to recreate it and fortunately, I did. It was delicious and aside from the prep work of cutting those little tomatoes in half, was pretty easy to put together. And it was so worth it!
After dinner, we sat around the living room and I was trying to come up with a name for it…Caprese Chicken Bread Salad, Tomato Chicken Bread Salad, and on and on it went.
Then I watched an old episode of Chopped and one of the contestants was making a bread salad with tomatoes and referred to it as this “Panzanella” thing .
My daughter started laughing, “that saves you a whole lot of trouble.”
Good grief, I’ll say!
So, there you have it. I just put the chicken in front of the Panzanella because it’s an important ingredient, but feel free to leave it out.
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1 -4 and this Chicken Panzanella earned 4 rolling pins!
I do believe this is one of my favorite meals I’ve made so far.
What’s not to love – fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, bread, basil, the dressing, the chicken and….oh, man…
I want more!
This will definitely be a regular on our summertime menu.
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!