Grilled Chicken Panini with Basil-Garlic Mayo

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I am a lover of hot sandwiches. I used leftover seasoned grilled chicken breast to make this delicious, gooey panini. It was love at first bite!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
1 sandwich


Garlic-Basil Mayo:

  • ½ cup light mayonnaise

  • ½ cup torn basil leaves

  • 1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch salt

Chicken Panini:

  • 2 slices Italian bread

  • 2 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese

  • 1 (4 ounce) grilled, seasoned chicken breast, butterflied

  • 2 (1/4 inch thick) slices tomato

  • cup fresh spinach leaves

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Combine mayonnaise, basil, garlic, cayenne, and salt for garlic-basil mayo in a food processor; blend until smooth. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to mix.

  2. Preheat a panini maker.

  3. Spread garlic-basil mayonnaise to taste on each slice of bread. Assemble sandwich with cheese, chicken, tomato, and spinach. Brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil.

  4. Grill in the preheated panini maker until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I like to use Buffalo mozzarella and chicken that has been brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, cloves, oregano, garlic, and lemon, and then grilled. You can use sourdough or pumpernickel bread instead of Italian.

Store remaining garlic-basil mayo in the refrigerator for future use.

If you don't have a panini maker, you can grill in a cast iron skillet, pressing with another heavy pan and turning to cook both sides evenly.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of basil-garlic mayonnaise. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

908 Calories
64g Fat
35g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 908
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g 81%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 1620mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 544mg 42%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 535mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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