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.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat a panini grill.

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  • Slice each quarter of focaccia bread in half horizontally. Spread each half with pesto. Layer bottom halves with equal amounts chicken, bell pepper, onion, and cheese. Top with remaining focaccia halves, forming 4 sandwiches.

  • Grill paninis 5 minutes in the preheated grill, or until focaccia bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

641 calories; 29.4 g total fat; 61 mg cholesterol; 1076 mg sodium. 60.9 g carbohydrates; 32.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2008
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
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2012
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
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264 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 181
  • 4 star values: 71
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2008
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
(552)
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2008
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
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2010
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2007
AWESOME RECIPE. MADE THEM ON MY GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL. THANKS FOR A GREAT RECIPE. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2006
These are good but only foccocia bread will work. I tried a substitute and it didn't work. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2012
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
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