I asked my husband to bring home a loaf of Italian or French bread so I could make these yummy sandwiches. He showed up with a baguette, so these turned out more like sliders! Cute idea for party food!
1. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Drain artichokes, reserving liquid for later. Chop once or twice and add to bowl. Add shallots, olives and asparagus. Mix.
2. Smash and chop garlic with salt; place in a small bowl with Miracle Whip, mustard and pepper. Stir and add to chicken mixture. Mix well. Taste and adjust flavor with more salt or pepper.
3. Slice bread into medium-thick slices (up to 12 depending on number being served immediately). Use reserved artichoke liquid to brush on both sides of bread*. Fill with chicken salad and one or two slices of tomato.
4. Heat a griddle or panini maker and brown sandwiches until both sides are golden brown.
*For cold sandwiches, brush the oil only on the interior side of each bread slice.