Chicken Asiago Panini

Clare Z Recipe

By Clare Z SugarAndSpice

20 Min
10 Min

I just bought a Calphalon panini grill with grill press and it worked great. This is the basic recipe, but next time I'm going to mix and match the ingredients to come up with another sandwich.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a really good sandwich because not only is it flavorful, but it's easy to whip together! If you don’t have a Panini grill you can use a stovetop griddle or a skillet.

Note: I played with the amount of pesto a bit to suit my taste. You may want to try a little more or a little less depending on your preference.


1 large
focaccia bread, asiago
4 Tbsp
classico traditional basil pesto sauce & spread
8-12 slice
fresh cooked chicken or turkey breast, thinly sliced
red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced
red onion, thinly sliced
cheddar & monterey jack cheese, shredded

Directions Step-By-Step

Slice asiago focaccia bread horizontally (through the bread), keep bread in the round until after cooking (that's when you cut into 4 individual sandwiches).
Spread each inside of the bread with 2 tbls. Classico pesto sauce.
Divide chicken or turkey evenly on bottom of focaccia bread slice, add shredded cheese, red bell pepper and then the onion slices. Put top of bread on to complete the sandwich.
In a preheated panani grill, place the sandwich, in the bottom of the grill pan and place grill press on top, press sandwich down. Grill 7 minutes until nicely browned grill marks are formed. Turn over and grill top asiago side for 4-5 minutes making sure not to burn. Slice into 4 servings and serve warm.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Aug 17, 2011 - Christine Fernandez shared this recipe with discussion group: Kiss the Chef
Jul 21, 2011 - Monica H shared this recipe with discussion group: Dreams of Cheese
Jun 25, 2011 - Sherri Williams shared this recipe with discussion group: Sandwiches, Sammiches & Sammies
Sharon Vance floridagirl
Mar 4, 2011
sounds really good! here's my favorite pressed sandwich...A loaf of your favorite bread (I prefer ciabatta), mayonnaise (enough for your sandwich) a pinch of ground chipolte pepper, 3 thinly sliced apple pieces, your fav cheese (I like Havarti or guerre), a few slices of ham or turkey or a little of both. Mix your mayonnaise & pepper together in a small bowl; spread on both sides of your bread, put remaining ingredients on the bread, grill/press in a panini press until heated through.
If you like Panera Bread's Turkey'll love this with the Chipolte Mayo! The apples give it a wonderful flavor!
Pat DiMercurio javancookie
Jan 24, 2011
I got a "Griddler" (Cuisinart) for Christmas last year and I LOVE it. Try this: slices of really chewy Italian bread brushed with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with oregano. Top with sliced provolone, shaved ham or turkey, a 1/2 of roasted red pepper (patted dry) and some fresh basil if you have it. After you've built your sandwich, spray olive oil pan spray on the outside and the proceed grilling you sandwich. Awesome!

summer's fresh tomaotes and basil are also good for a Caprese Sandwich. Italian bread, fresh mozzarella, fresh sliced tomato and fresh basil. Grill after you've brushed the outside with olive oil.