Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuscan Grilled Chicken Panini

This is one of my favorite sandwiches.
Bursting with flavor this sandwich is marinated grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella baby spinach, and sun dried tomato almond pesto on rustic bread topped with Parmesan peppercorn sauce. It's a snap to make and perfect on a cold day next to a warm bowl of soup.


1 boneless skinless breast thinly sliced, marinated in Italian dressing for 2 hours.
1 rustic bread roll, I used whole grain ciabiatta
5 baby spinach leaves
2 Slices Fresh Mozzarella
1 tablespoon store bought light Parmesan peppercorn dressing
2 tablespoons of sun dried tomato almond pesto; recipe to follow

Preparation Instructions:

Heat grill to medium high heat. Grill chicken until juices run clear about 4-5 minutes on each side. The dressing has already cooked it a bit. Set aside. Heat panini press or George Forman grill, slice roll lenghtwise and brush tops and bottom (the outsides) with olive oil. Spread the bottom piece with the pesto, layer the chicken, mozzarella and spinach on roll. Spread Parmesan dressing on the top piece. Grill until nice and crusty and cheese has melted.

* Sun Dried Tomato Almond Pesto

1 Jar (8 to 10 ounce size) sun dried tomatoes in oil
2 cups fresh basil leaves
3 large cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons toasted almonds
6 ounces of fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade.  Process until it reaches a smooth consistency and all ingredients are approximately the same size.

This recipe is featured over at Weekend Potluck.


  1. This does look like a hearty sandwich, packed with wonderful italian ingredients. The pesto is a great pairing with the grilled chicken. I will definitely need to try this one-I am sure it will not disappoint-yum!

  2. The ski mountains in my area just opened their lifts, this looks like the perfect apre's treat!

  3. @ Tina Thanks :)
    @ Camilla Hope you like it :)

  4. That looks too good to eat! But I think I'm going to try :-) The pesto looks amazing - I've not had it with almonds...yum!

  5. This looks amazing! I'm a HUGE fan of panini's, too! Thanks for sharing and I'm your newest Google Follower!

  6. @ Ann Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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  8. Was so happy to make this recipe my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck this week! Please swing by my blog to pick up your featured button.