|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 67g||86%|
|Saturated Fat 29g||145%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
A chicken panini sandwich has become a standard lunch menu item and favored by both children and adults. This version uses pre-grilled chicken, prepared pesto, cheese, and pre-cooked bacon, all of which are layered in between bread and grilled until crispy.
You can use rotisserie chicken or even deli chicken breast instead of grilled if you like. To switch things up, try different cheeses like mozzarella or goat cheese, or use kale pesto in place of the basil in this panini. To serve, you can simply toss some chips on the plate, or accompany this hot sandwich with a salad of mixed greens, pasta salad, or french fries.
- 2 slices pre-cooked bacon
- 4 slices bread
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon prepared pesto
- 2 grilled chicken breasts (or 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken)
- 2 slices provolone cheese
Gather the ingredients. Heat a grill or panini maker.
Spread the butter on one side of each piece of bread.
Flip 2 pieces of the bread over and spread 1/2 tablespoon pesto onto each.
Top the pesto with the bacon, chicken, and then cheese.
Top with the remaining two bread slices, buttered sides facing out.
Place in the panini maker and cook for 4 to 6 minutes. If using a grill, cook the panini sandwiches until golden on one side, 2 to 3 minutes.
Then flip and grill the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Cut the sandwiches in half. Serve immediately with extra pesto, if desired.
- Pre-cooked bacon is available in the grocery store, but if you'd like to cook your own, you can fry, bake, or microwave the slices until crispy, and then drain on paper towels.
- Almost any type of bread can be used in this recipe, but make sure the slices are thick enough to handle the grill or panini maker. Heftier breads like baguette and ciabatta are better choices than sourdough, which has a more tender crumb.
- If you're so inclined, you can make homemade pesto and freeze the rest for later use.
- Add a few slices of tomato to the sandwich, or some pieces of sundried tomato.
- Eliminate the bacon and swap out the provolone for thick slices of fresh mozzarella.
- Nestle in some fresh spinach to add a bit of nutrition to the panini.
Are Paninis Healthy?
The answer to this question depends on what is inside the panini, but generally speaking, if you tend to put a lot of mayonnaise on a typical sandwich, making a panini with a spread like pesto will cut down on calories and fat. The bacon and cheese, however, do add to the counts.