AMAZING Chicken Pesto Panini

This panini is such a simple sandwich, but has SO much flavor. If you’re a fan of delicious and easy meals, then you’re in for a treat with this pesto chicken panini recipe. Not only is it easy to put together, but it’s also loaded with flavor that you will love. This panini is made with sourdough bread, pesto chicken, bacon, sautéed red onions, mashed avocado, provolone cheese, pesto-mayo sauce, and tomatoes. It may sound like a lot, but each ingredient adds its own unique flavor and texture to the sandwich.

Chicken Pesto Panini Ingredients

First, let’s talk about sourdough bread. It’s the perfect bread for a panini because it holds up well when grilled and has a great flavor. However, the pesto chicken is the star ingredient of the sandwich! The juicy and flavorful chicken is cooked in pesto sauce, giving it an herby and garlicky taste.

All of the other ingredients add plenty to the sandwich as well. The bacon adds a smoky flavor and a crispy texture, while the sautéed red onions provide a sweet and savory element. The mashed avocado gives the sandwich a creamy texture, and the provolone cheese is there because you just can’t have a sandwich without cheese! The tomatoes add necessary freshness, and the pesto-mayo sauce ties everything together and keeps the sandwich from being dry.

The beauty in any sandwich recipe is that you can easily change ANY of the ingredients if you’d like. If you don’t like tomatoes, leave them out! If you don’t like red onions, switch them out for another kind! Really, it’s the easiest recipe to customize any way you want without fear of messing it up.

This chicken pesto panini is an easy-to-make, flavor-packed sandwich that is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. With its variety of ingredients, it’s a well-rounded meal that is sure to leave you satisfied. So, try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

AMAZING Chicken Pesto Panini

Recipe by Maddie Saxey
5.0 from 3 votes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

769*

kcal

*This is an estimate and will vary based on the quantity of ingredients used.

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts

  • 8 strips of cooked bacon

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced

  • 1 large avocado

  • 1 large tomato, sliced

  • 4 slices provolone cheese (or more, if you’d like)

  • 1/2 cup pesto

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • salt

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • salted butter

  • 8 slices sourdough or ciabatta bread

Directions

  • Before making the chicken, prep the other sandwich toppings. Mash the avocado and set aside. In a small frying pan, warm 1 Tbsp of oil on medium heat. Add the sliced red onions and saute for about 3-4 minutes, until they begin to turn translucent. Set aside. Next, prep the pesto sauce–mix 1/4 cup of mayonnaise with 2 Tbsp of pesto.
  • Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Slice the two chicken breasts horizontally (think hamburger bun style). Lightly salt each side of the 4 slices of chicken breast. Then spread a spoonful of pesto on 1 side of each chicken slice. Place the chicken pesto-side down in the heated frying pan. Smooth pesto on the top side of the chicken and cover the pan with a lid. Allow to cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until it starts to turn golden-brown. Flip the chicken over and cook for 3-4 minutes until completely cooked through and golden brown. Remove chicken from the pan and cover.
  • Butter each slice of bread and put butter-side down on a cutting board. Spread the pesto-mayo sauce on all 8 slices of bread. Place a slice of cheese on four of the slices of bread. Then add the mashed avocado, sauteed onion, tomato, chicken and bacon. Place the other slices of bread on top, butter-side up.
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan on medium heat (you could also use a panini press if you have one). Heat on each side until golden-brown and cheese has melted. Press down on the sandwich with a spatula as it’s cooking. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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