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Grilled Chicken Panini with Classic Pesto

This Grilled Chicken Panini with Classic Pesto made with panella Italian bread on my indoor griddle is one of my family’s favorite weeknight meals. 

This Grilled Chicken Panini with Classic Pesto made with panella Italian bread on my indoor griddle is one of my family's favorite weeknight meals. 
I love my Cuisinart Griddler/Panini maker. Not only does it make a great sandwich like this Grilled Chicken Panini with Classic Pesto, I also use it to grill meats and vegetables during the colder months. Especially when I have a foot of snow on my deck!
The other night was one of those nights where I had about 30 minutes to cook dinner after I got home from carting the kids where they needed to be.  I prepared these sandwiches ahead of time so that all I had to do was grill them.
Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini
These Grilled Chicken Panini’s were DELICIOUS! There is nothing like fresh pesto on a sandwich and it’s so easy to make too.
Classic Pesto

How Do I Make Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini?

First, you’ll need to make Pesto by adding fresh basil, EVOO, garlic, salt, Pecorino Romano cheese and pine nuts (optional) in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.

Next, grill your chicken on your indoor griddle for 2-3 minutes depending on thickness. Remove and let cool; then assemble your sandwiches. I used the thin sliced boneless chicken breasts.

Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini

How Do I Assemble the Panini?

Step 1. Spreading some pesto on each side of the bread.

Step 2. Add grilled chicken, tomato slices and fresh mozzarella to one half of the bread then the top piece of bread. Repeat for remaining three sandwiches.

Step 3. Spray each side of the sandwich with cooking spray, close your grill/panini cover and squeeze down to form marks on the bread. The sandwich is done when it’s golden brown and the cheese is melted.

 

Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini

Pretty simple right? I haven’t made these panini’s in a long time and was so happy to have found these buried here on the blog. Guess what we’re having for dinner this week? ????

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Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini
Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 

This Grilled Chicken & Pesto Panini made with panella Italian bread on my indoor griddle is one of my family's favorite weeknight meals. 

Course: Sandwiches
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: panini, pesto, sandwich
Servings: 4
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
For the Panini
  • 8 Thinly Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Medium Panella Bread, sliced (or any other loaf of round bread), you won't use the entire loaf
  • 8 Slices Fresh Mozzarella
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
  • Prepared Pesto
  • Cooking Spray
For the Pesto
  • 2 c. Fresh Basil, firmly packed
  • 1/4 c. Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
  • 1/4 c. Pine Nuts (optional)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
For the Panini
  1. Lightly spray cooking spray on your grill pan and cook chicken until it is cooked through, approximately 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness).
  2. Remove and let cool. Assemble your sandwiches by spreading some pesto on each side of the bread.
  3. Next, add your grilled chicken, tomato and mozzarella to one half of the bread then the top piece of bread. Repeat for remaining three sandwiches.
  4. Spray each side of the sandwich with cooking spray, close your grill/panini cover and squeeze down to form marks on the bread. The sandwich is done when it's golden brown and the cheese is melted.

For the Pesto
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until well mixed and the basil is a paste-like consistency. Makes 1/3 cup.

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*Originally shared January 2012/Updated June 2019


4 Comments

  1. SkinnyMommy
    January 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    I love my panini maker too! This one looks fantastic!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      August 2, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thank you!

  2. the wicked noodle
    January 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Carrie, this looks super yummy! I want it with a hot bowl of homemade tomato soup 🙂

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      August 2, 2012 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Sounds great to me! Thanks for stopping by!

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