Clare Z Recipe

Chicken Asiago Panini

By Clare Z SugarAndSpice

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Clare's Story

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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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

  • Comments

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    Eddie Jordan EDWARDCARL - Jan 18, 2011
    Congratulations on winning the Blue Ribbon. Sandwich looks very good,i will make this soon. Thank you Clare, waiting for more recipes. ( GOD BLESS )
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    Barbara Bennett Barbewon - Jan 18, 2011
    This sounds good. Have used that bread myself,
    I did ham. Also try making a Cuban, for the pork I use leftovers from
    a boneless pork loin. I will look up your panani grill, as mine is small. Love sandwich ideas like this.
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    Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Jan 18, 2011
    Yum looks over the top.
    Congrats on your blue ribbon.
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    Sea Sun Seasun - Jan 20, 2011
    Congrats! Looks good!
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    Bonnie Gallagher bonnie0046 - Jan 23, 2011
    i do not have a panini press but I use a brick wrapped in aluminum foil and it works wonderful. Got this trick from an old Greek restaurant i worked at when i was in college. He used this trick to partially pre-cook all of his bacon in the morning. then when it was time to put in on a sandwich it was nice and easy to separate.