Chicken Pesto Paninis
A delicious mix of chicken, pesto, veggies, and cheese all melted together on flavorful focaccia bread. Simple, fast, and very tasty - a nice change from normal sandwiches.
A delicious mix of chicken, pesto, veggies, and cheese all melted together on flavorful focaccia bread. Simple, fast, and very tasty - a nice change from normal sandwiches.
This is my favorite kind of panini! I have a few tips though to make these sandwiches easier and healthier. For the bread, you can use any sturdy bread. Spray one side of each slice of bread with no-stick spray before putting it on the grill. For the pesto, Classico makes a very strong jarred pesto and you only need 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of it on a sandwich, which lightens it up significantly. Sliced turkey lunch meat is easier to handle and you don't have to cook something special before hand, and thinly sliced bell peppers stay in the sandwich better. I don't usually put cheese on mine, but I put a thin slice of mozzarella on my boyfriend's turkey pesto paninis. Mozzarella is lower in fat and calories than Monterey jack. I hope this helps someone, these are really great sandwiches!Read More
Tasty alternative to the usual sandwich (love the focaccia bread and pesto combination). I modified this somewhat since I'm not a big fan of the peppers/onion combo. I substituted those ingredients with fresh tomato slices, leafy lettuce, and a thin layer of olive oil mayo. I think this is a great recipe to adapt and tweak to your liking.Read More
This is my favorite kind of panini! I have a few tips though to make these sandwiches easier and healthier. For the bread, you can use any sturdy bread. Spray one side of each slice of bread with no-stick spray before putting it on the grill. For the pesto, Classico makes a very strong jarred pesto and you only need 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of it on a sandwich, which lightens it up significantly. Sliced turkey lunch meat is easier to handle and you don't have to cook something special before hand, and thinly sliced bell peppers stay in the sandwich better. I don't usually put cheese on mine, but I put a thin slice of mozzarella on my boyfriend's turkey pesto paninis. Mozzarella is lower in fat and calories than Monterey jack. I hope this helps someone, these are really great sandwiches!
I'm not giving these a five only because I changed things up a lot but they were delish. I caramelized my onions and mixed my pesto with herbed cream cheese. I then spread my pesto and cream cheese mix on both sides of the focaccia then I put my chicken, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers on with the shredded cheese. Warmed this all up on the Forman and had a salad with tons of veggies and Balsamic Dressing on the side. Okay, Yum!
Very good! I didn't have focaccia bread so used regular bread (the outside buttered) and grilled the sandwhiches on the stovetop using a plate weighed down with a can to press the sandwhich together as it cooked.
This panini was great in flavor and easy because of the already-made pesto. Only thing I would change would be to use sliced chicken because the diced chicken tended to make it messier to eat because it kept falling out. VERY good though and will use again.
This was delicious. I didn't change a thing. I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to speed up preparation. The focaccia bread is terrific for this recipe. I will be making this again and again.
It would be great if people would not alter the recipe and tell how good it was (different recipe!) It doesn't let others know that THIS recipe is really, really good.
super yummy. i used vegetarian chicken strips instead of real chicken. next time i will omit the chicken altogether, though. the flavor of the green peppers and the onions with the cheese and basil pesto was so good on its own. i don't have a panini press so i wrapped each sandwhich in foil and heated them in a 425 degree oven for about 15 or 20 mins.
AWESOME RECIPE. MADE THEM ON MY GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL. THANKS FOR A GREAT RECIPE.
These are good, but only foccocia bread will work. I tried a substitute and it didn't work.
Our house makes this anytime we have leftover grilled chix. Along with the ingredients, we add a mayo/deli mustard mix.
This is one great little sandwich. I used pre-cooked chicken strips as well as basil pesto from a jar. Tasty. I think this would be a great picnic sandwich.
Yummy! This sandwich was delicious. I tweaked it a bit, but I suggest you try it however you like it. I mixed a couple teaspoons of light mayo with a couple teaspoons of Classico pesto. On top of the provolone I used, I put a thin slice of tomato. If you use deli meat, lettuce is a great addition after the sandwich is done cooking. If you use chicken breast, you may want to leave the lettuce off or toss on spinach. I'm always looking for ways to add veggies and this sandwich is just perfect for that. This is an instant regular in our house. Oh, when I need a little extra something, a sprinkle the inside of the sandwich with garlic salt. Yum!
Tasty alternative to the usual sandwich (love the focaccia bread and pesto combination). I modified this somewhat since I'm not a big fan of the peppers/onion combo. I substituted those ingredients with fresh tomato slices, leafy lettuce, and a thin layer of olive oil mayo. I think this is a great recipe to adapt and tweak to your liking.
Absolutely love this recipe! I used the recipe as-is with my George Foreman Grill and it worked wonderfully! I like it because you can do the veggie prep and cook the chicken in advance so it can be a VERY quick week night meal.
This tasted incredible. I caramelized the onions and green peppers before building the sandwich and used the Foreman Grill to press and grill them. I couldn't wait to eat the leftovers the next day. Incredible!
This is the first thing I made with my new panini maker. I made my own foccaca bread with a recipe from this site. Yum! My husband loved it. I will be making this again soon.
So Good! These are great for a quick lunch. We added artichoke hearts.
I LOVE this panini -- and fellow reviewer "Shiloh" and I think a lot alike when it comes to making a healthier version (see March '08). ;o) I use whole wheat sourdough bread, and, like Shiloh, I use the Classico brand pesto. I also use sliced turkey, sliced part skim mozzarella, and thinly sliced (red) pepper and onion. (I don't own a panini grill and the sandwich is easier to flip when the ingredients are sliced.) I brush the outside of my panini very lightly with extra virgin olive oil before grilling. Sometimes I leave the turkey off of mine and add sliced tomatoes to make a great veggie panini. Hubby likes his meat though, so I always put turkey on his! We had these for dinner tonight with Muir Glen Organic Tomato Soup. YUM!
this was outstanding. I couldn't find grated monterey jack so I got a grated pepper jack that had a kick. also the focaccia was a garlic peppercorn focaccia from our local grocery store. Hubby cooked chicken with basil. absolutely a 5 star. will have again SOON. made it in a skillet like you would a grilled cheese.
Try it this way also: pesto, artichoke hearts chopped, Swiss cheese, chicken breast cut in small pieces, fresh Parmesan. Awesome. I eat this often. Can also throw in some bruschetta.
So easy to make. I sliced the cooked chicken, pepper and onion instead of dicing. Great flavour. Will definitely make again.
Whole family loved these sandwiches. Great summer meal.
This is amazing! I made it the other night for dinner, and everyone loved it! I left out the green pepper and red onion, because I was hoping the kids would eat it. They did, and loved it! Definately a keeper.
I made this on my foreman grill and it's amazing!
This is so good! I used provolone cheese but only because I couldn't remember what kind of cheese the recipe said. I also had to use my George Foreman because I don't have a panini press. This is so good! My daughter who is super picky, who even said when I was putting everything together that it smelled funny, loved it!
Yum! This is a satisfying meal, flavorful, healthy. Good to go!
I modified this recipe a little and the results were fantastic. Firstly, don't dice the chicken. Leave in large hunks or even the whole breast for a more substantial feel. We also like to saute the onions first before grilling the sandwich, which gives it a greater depth of flavor, in my opinion. And lastly, just a side note, the word panini is already plural (like cannoli or ravioli) so it means sandwiches. Panino is the singular form, and means sandwich :)
Delicious! I made my own foccacia bread and served these to guests.
Cooked the chicken with random garden herbs, added in some zucchini because I have a plethora from our garden. I used a different bread that came as a loaf not a round, which was fine by me. This turned out wonderful!
These paninis are fantastic. My alterations were: 2 sundried tomato ciabattas, pan-frying a whole chicken breast then slicing it, sauteing onion slices in the same pan, 1 green pepper and sliced emental cheese. Assemlbed as the recipe suggested and chucked in the oven for 5 minutes. The outcome was beautiful. The pesto really makes this recipe. Had one ciabatta with a side salad for dinner and I was really full. Planning to have the other one cold for lunch tomorrow and I can't wait. A really easy and delicious sandwich for those nights you just don't feel like cooking and need a veggie fix.
Very simple, fast and yummy! I didn't have focaccia bread but I had some panini bread from Trader Joe's so I used that instead. My husband said it tasted like something you would get at a country club! haha This will definitely become a regular dinner at our place. :)
It was super easy to make! My family absolutely LOVED it. My nearest supermarket didn't have focaccia bread so I used french loafs and buttered the top and bottom of the bread.
This was really really delicious! My husband and 3 year old loved it. I ended up making it on a croissant since that is what I had, did the remainder of the recipe as written. Perfect! Thanks for the recipe!
Delcious! I added some olive oil to the outside of each sandwich which helped make the break extra crispy.
I used french bread, and carmelized the onions and peppers. Really good, and a nice change of pace.
I make these all the time. My husband can't get enough of them. I use all the same ingredients except sliced cooked chicken breast (sliced myself or from the deli). I find it stays in place better and roasted red pepper strips and thin slices of red onion. To make them a little more "gourmet" try them with smoked gouda cheese instead of monterey jack. YUM!
We enjoyed this very much! I used a round loaf of French bread sliced for a good size sandwich, chicken from the deli and homemade pesto. I took the meat and cheese out of the frig about 20 minutes before grilling to warm up a bit. I grilled on medium until the cheese began to ooze. Very nice recipe, thank you.
I love paninis! I plan on making this tonight. I'm adding some chopped sun dried tomatoes along with this recipe to zest it up.
This panini was very good. I used mozzarella cheese instead of monterey jack - because that's what I had. My family really liked this recipe. I will make again, but will probably use sliced mozzarella just because it would be easier to put the panini together.
Excellent tasting and very quick and easy. We made these using leftover turkey and cooked them on the Foreman grill.
This was a very simple meal that was well enjoyed. I shall make the orginal someday soon but varied it by what I had on hand. I used hogie rolls with the top sheared off; 1 pregrilled sliced chicken breast; sauteed onions and green pepper; pesto; feta cheese--grilled. Simple and yummy.
Could you possibly use a George Forman Grill to press the Sandwhich down. I will try it and then let you know.
Great way to use leftover chicken! I used my square grill pan and toasted the top halves first. I then put the paninis together and placed my heavy Pampered Chef Pizza stoneware on top of the paninis to weigh it down. Let them heat for a couple of minutes until cheese melted and bottom half toasted nicely complete with grill marks! Yummy and easy. My husband and I both enjoyed these!
Not bad, but the pesto didn't stand out like I thought it would. I am going to continue to tweak it a bit.
Love these. I make homeade foccacia bread from this site and my own pesto, so I almost have everything on hand for these! I use rotisserie chicken and followed recipe exactly the first time, they were yummy. Now a regular feature at our house. A friend at work brought her panini grill to work and we even make them there now! We keep the foccacia bread, pesto, and rotisserie chicken every time, but change up the types of cheese and veggies. Great recipe!
Good sandwich overall. Will definitely make with deli meat next time to save time.
I made some changes to this recipe out of necessity - not to improve it. We didn't have any panini available, so I used some kaiser buns we had on hand. Didn't grill the sandwiches but assembled the chicken, onion, and peppers in the roll w/ pesto spread and mozzarella cheese. Tasted very yummy, although I'm sure it's better w/ panini! A refreshing sandwich w/ the fresh veggies.
We love this recipe. It tastes like something you'd get at a resteraunt. Very easy and so delicious!
My husband and I loved these, and at first he turned his nose up at the pesto. Just goes to show you shouldn't knock it before you try it!
Loved it! Definitely would be making again. Only thing I did different was add butter to the bread and used provolone cheese.
I am really enjoying this sandwich! I did switch red pepper for the green and had didn't have any cooked chicken, so I just bought some high quality sliced turkey. I also had to just bake the sandwich wrapped in foil since I don't have a panini grill. I could eat these sandwiches often and probably will!
OMG these are wonderful. I made pesto from the "pesto sauce" recipe on here and it helped make the sandwiches great. I used deli sliced chicken and provolone cheese since my local deli didn't have monterey jack. I also used those thin 100 calorie sandwich buns since I had some on hand rather than buying the focaccia. I also used sliced, rather than diced, onion and pepper as a few people recommended. My b/f and I both loved them, he was worried I was making some "health" food and I wasn't sure if the thin bread would be ok but they were awesome. Definitely will make again!
Simple and tasty. Won't win any awards, but 5 stars for a good quick meal
Delicious, fast and easy with my sandwich press. I used what I had: shredded mozzarella, Tuscan Boule, roasted red peppers, chicken breasts sautéed with garlic, basil, oregano, and prepared pesto (the tube variety). Big hit here, even with the picky eaters!
I've made this twice now and really enjoy it. We have not had peppers/onions on hand either time, so I guess I can't say we've made this exact thing, but with the Pesto sauce, the panini is REALLY good. I've used both sliced chicken and sliced turkey, and I get mine from the deli instead of making it at home. I wasn't sure how the pesto would be but it gives it great flavor. We used the Classico and it's awesome. I'm sure with the peppers and onions it would be even better!
Yummy! I used leftover chicken I roasted a couple days earlier and also added some mayo. I didn't use peppers as I don't like them. For the bread I flattened pizza dough from my grocers bakery, rubbed it with olive oil and sprinked some seasonings on it. Baked it for about 30 mins and had fresh baked bread for the paninis. They were great!
My hubby and I loved this recipe. Hubby actually asked for it which says a lot. I used red bell pepper just because I prefer the taste. I also cheated and used an already roasted chicken from the store which made the recipe even easier.
gave 4 stars b/c I changed the recipe, but it was wonderful. I added baby greens instead of peppers and used a sweet vidalia that I caramelized. will make again - hubby loved it!
The boys Loved this
I really did not care for these at all.
I did not have any focaccia bread, so I just used regular sliced bread. I also took the advice of another reviewer and used a George Foreman grill. This tasted great and I will definalty make again and again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!:)
I changed this up, maybe too much.. I used Ciabatta bread, (couldnt find foccacia), and put grilled chicken,fresh mozzarella and a slice of ham along with the pesto.. The whole family loved it!
This would have been much better if you actually have a panini grill. I wasn't impressed enough to go out and buy one so I won't be making this again.
YES! I used a loaf of ciabatta. I cut it in half (pulled out some bread from top half) and put ingredients inside. Starting from bottom: half of the cheese, chicken slices (not diced), onions, peppers, remaining cheese, pepper, and red pepper flakes. i spread the pesto on the top bread and it soaked down into everything. I kept the loaf whole and insert into my large george forman but i had to squeeze it down a bit. it was perfect!!!!
These were excellent! A big hit with the whole family. I used homemade focaccia bread, which was super easy and well worth it. I also made some with rotisserie chicken, fresh spinach, pesto sauce, kalamata olives, feta cheese, mozzarella, and red onion I like the adaptability of this recipe.
foreman grill, italian sandwich bread, provolone, no onions or peppers, add tomatoes- great!
This was a big hit with hubby for dinner, who's usual response to anything is "it's ok." I made my own pesto using the pesto sauce recipe from this site with slight modifications. Fantastic light dinner.
This was really good! Made as written, except I used thin sandwich buns, and would not change a thing. Thanks for sharing. :)
Love! Used pre grilled chicken breast cut in half, length of breast, and no onion.
These were a little dry for me. Maybe I need to use a thinner break or more sauce, but overall they were good.
These were awesome, I did cook my onions and peppers first, and sliced my chicken, as per other reviewers stated I thought It would be less messy, and cooked it on my George foreman grill...Great pannini!
I grilled the onion and pepper first to soften them a bit. I used thick slices of a sourdough boule (buttered) and grilled it on the Foreman grill and they were fabulous. I made these to use leftover pesto we had from making pesto pizza. I would do it again anytime.
These were wonderful! I can't wait to make these again. We did not have Foccacia, so we used Cobs bread Pane di Casa ( a hard, chewy crust with dense texture. I used Epicure's pesto mix. Other changes were minor, like a bit of mayo and not dicing the onions and peppers, but thinly slicing them. My 3 and 5 yr old also loved them!
Really simple! I used French bread for my hubby's sandwich and he LOVED it! I made according to directions and ingredients and it is a big hit with everyone!
Made this the other night, only thing I changed was I cooked the peppers and onion slightly before putting on sandwich and added hot peppers to one. Everyone loved it, a great quick meal when your hungry but can't be bothered cooking.
One word..........WOW!! These paninis were delicious!!! The only thing I added to mine was a little mayo, which I think was great!! Will definitely make again and again!!!
Okay let me start off by saying how yummy this was, definitely a keeper! BUT mine came out like a mess lol (my head was else where and I was not paying attention and kept forgetting everything lol) I didn't have Focaccia Bread nor could I find it so I used Fresh Italian from the bakery. I had everything else. Someone mentioned to cut the chicken into long slices instead of chunks, probably would've helped because the chunks kept falling out on me. Otherwise awesome recipe, we loved it! Much Thanks ??
Who needs Atlanta Bread with a recipe this good?? I bought a focaccia at Great Harvest Bread with spinach, tomato, red onion and parmesan on top (the top got a little mushy, but the bottom was crisp). Next time I'll buy a plain focaccia. I followed the recipe as written, but since I don't have a panini grill I used a square grill pan and kept the sandwich smushed together with a Pampered Chef stone. Absolutely delicious!
Loved it!! My husband (who can be quite picky) even said it tasted like something you would order from a restaurant. I used the "Pesto Cream Sauce" from this site and it tasted wonderful together. Thanks for the recipe.
Very tasty. I used smaller focaccia sandwich rolls instead of one large loaf and pre-cooked chicken from the deli counter. Also used sliced monterey jack cheese. Really easy to put together and will be repeating this again soon.
Wonderful and super easy! I used Italian sliced bread (but not the pepperidgefarm kind) lightly buttered top/bottoms. I used the Classico Basil Pesto and (deli) thinly sliced chicken. I've made this using deli turkey too and it was very good as well. This is a panini staple at our house now. The choice in cheese is perfect!
This combo tastes so perfect together and so easy, my husband could eat them now on a regular basis for lunch! I prefer the provolone cheese, but any kind of white lunch meat and cheese works.
Made with sourdough bread, provolone, and sliced tomato...very good and easy.
Used our George Forman. Used chabata bread. Used deli chicken and Colby with pesto on the bread. Sprinkled with diced green pepper and onion. Grilled till melted! Yum!
very good. Cooked the chicken in garlic and balsamic vinegar. It might be a tad less messy to use sliced jack cheese and whole chicken breasts, but this recipe got rave reviews from my family, including two teenaged boys
Mixed the pesto with mayo, used deli turkey instead of chicken. Store had onion & pepper and tomato & basil breads, both were excellent! Will make again.
Added tomato and light mayo on the 2nd round to give it 5 stars for me.
Great!!! I didn't add the onion, just b/c my husband and I don't like it, and used my george foreman to cook them! Unbelievable!
Can't think of anything to complain about. This was just delicious. I used homemade Italian bread and grilled it on our George Foreman grill. Thanks for the recipe!
This is one of the BEST & most easiest panini recipes ever. For the cooked chicken I use Perdue shortcuts(southwestern or italian) and use deli roasted red pepper strips and it comes out awesome every time. Me and my hubby are addicted to these paninis. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
My husband loves pesto, so I'm constantly trying to find different ways to use it. I love the idea of using it for a sandwich. I marinated my chicken in balsamic vinegar before grilling it and then slicing it thin. I preferred my sandwich with roasted red peppers and caramelized onions on it. Hubby liked his with just chicken, pesto and some provolone. I'll make these again, and I liked the idea of also using deli sandwich meat.
This was delicious and so easy to personalize. I used chicken breast lunch meat, baby spinach, red bell pepper with provolone cheese and added a smear of miracle whip to my basil pesto spread. I cooked on my stove top with a griddle. Will make again.
This was a GREAT recipe, but i changed the bread to whole wheat pre-sliced sour dough bread and i changed the chicken to thinly sliced turkey for faster food. It's also easier since I'm a kid if you use green and red peppers instead of onion.
I just posted a request for new ideas on picnic take-along food and a wonderful all-reciper sent this to me! I have already tried this and it is GREAT! Thanks for the reminder about a super recipe.