Chicken Asiago Panini

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 4 Ratings
Serves: 4
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Cooking Method: Grill


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

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Clare Z Recipe
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Roseville, MN (pop. 33,660)
Member Since Feb 2010
Clare's notes for this recipe:
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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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.


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.

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user 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 )
user 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.
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Jan 18, 2011
Yum looks over the top.
Congrats on your blue ribbon.
user Sea Sun Seasun - Jan 20, 2011
Congrats! Looks good!
user 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.

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