Chicken Panini

Chicken Panini

5 from 15 votes
A toasted chicken panini with crunchy bread, warm, flavorful filling, and melted mozzarella cheese. Need a quick lunch fix? A panini with chicken is a great option. You can even get away with serving chicken panini for dinner.

This chicken panini recipe is an all-time favourite dinner recipe in my family. They are delicious served alongside a side of French fries for a simple meal or even can be used as a lunch item.

This chicken sandwich was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful! Despite being relatively straightforward, it appears very opulent. great when paired with coleslaw or fries.

Chicken panini is deliciously served alongside a side of French fries for a simple meal or even can be used as a lunch item.

According to what I understand, an Italian cookbook made the panini sandwich popular in the 16th century, and American foodies fell in love with it in the middle of the 1970s.

A chicken panini sandwich is becoming a staple lunchtime menu item that both kids and adults enjoy.

In a rush and need to make lunch or dinner? Not only are these warm sandwiches simple to make, but the whole family will love them.

Sometimes I like to make these for my kids’ school lunches. When I do that, I marinade the chicken overnight and prep everything the night before.

Then in the morning when I wake up, I prepare the chicken mixture, fill the paninis then pack them into their lunch boxes. My kids absolutely love it!

Need a lunch fix? A panini with chicken is a great option. You can even get away with serving chicken panini for dinner.

If you have been following me for a while now, then you would know by now that I absolutely love bell peppers. I find any excuse to incorporate them into my recipes and this recipe is no different.

However, if you are not a fan of bell peppers then they can be omitted and replaced with other vegetables if that’s what you would like to do.

When it comes to the cheese, I used mozzarella because it melts so divinely!

I used a regular grill pan but you can also use a George Foreman grill.

You can prepare these chicken paninis ahead and refrigerate them. When you are ready just get the grill pan out and make them.

You can serve this chicken panini with some chips or a side salad.

Whether your kids are famished and want a snack after school or if you’re working late and don’t want to deal with dinner, simply get one of these prepared sandwiches from the refrigerator and make it.

You can make this sandwich using a variety of breads, including focaccia and ciabatta, but for this recipe, I went with ciabatta.

For the sauce, I like to keep it simple with a dash of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. However, add whatever sauces you like, and feel free to adjust this recipe to your own personal preference.

I like using mozzarella cheese in this chicken panini recipe as the cheese melts quickly and it complements the chicken perfectly. Cheese and chicken are always a winning combination.

Usually, I serve this chicken panini recipe with a side of chips. Other good alternatives are spicy wedges, roasted potatoes, or even some mashed potatoes. Whatever you choose to serve these chicken paninis with you will love this recipe.

When a typical sandwich just won’t do, prepare this quick and simple sandwich instead for lunch. Naturally, the end result is perfect bliss.

What bread is best for paninis?

I would recommend using bread that can handle the heat. Italian-style bread, such as ciabatta, focaccia, and baguettes, are typically heartier than breads like sourdough, and they can withstand the heat better when grilling.

Can you use regular bread for panini?

What function does the bread in a panini serve? While you can use any kind of bread to make a sandwich, this is not true with paninis.

The bread you’re going to use in a panini needs to be able to handle pressure and heat, which are both included in the preparation process.

Can I eat a cold panini?

You should not eat cold paninis. Paninis that are served cold have long been a source of worry about food safety because they run the risk of making you ill. Because of this, make an effort to keep your paninis warm.

Can I use a George Foreman to make paninis?

Yes, of course. The original George Foreman grill design has tough grill plates that cook your favourite foods quickly and uniformly. It works great as a panini press.

Why are my paninis soggy?

Soggy ingredients are the main reason for a soggy panini. Try to dry wet ingredients like tomatoes or bell peppers as much as you can before adding them to a panini. Also, don’t overdo it with the sauce.

Are paninis healthy?

Paninis can absolutely be a nutritious option for lunch or a light meal. Everything depends on the ingredients you use inside and how well the bread holds it together.

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Chicken Panini

by Nabeela Kauser
Quick and simple toasted chicken panini recipe with crunchy bread, warm, flavourful filling, and melted mozzarella cheese.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5
Calories 537 kcal




  • Cut up the boneless chicken into small bite-sized chunks then add into a bowl along with the ingredients for marination (See Note 1).
  • In a pan heat up 1 tbsp oil on medium heat until hot then add the marinated chicken mixture
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes until the chicken has changed colour
  • As the chicken is cooking finely dice the onion and bell pepper then add into the pan and cook for a further 4-5 minutes
  • Finely dice the tomato then add into the pan along with the tomato puree and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Once the chicken mixture is cooked slice the panini breads lengthwise then add the tomato ketchup and mayonnaise (See Note 2).
  • Add the chicken mixture to the panini along with mozzarella cheese.
  • In a grill pan add the oil then brush evenly over the pan and allow to heat up before adding the panini then grill for 2-3 minutes on both side until lightly charred. (See Note 3)
  • Serve with a side of French fries and enjoy!



Note 1 – You can set it aside and let it marinate, the longer the chicken is left to marinade the better the flavour. However, as I was short on time, I cooked it straight away and it still tasted delicious.
Note 2 – I used mayonnaise and tomato ketchup but you can use any sauce of your preference. If you prefer, you can also add chilli sauce or even replace it with bbq sauce.
Note 3 – This recipe can easily make five paninis, or if you prefer to use less chicken then it can also make six paninis.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 26gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 986mgPotassium: 245mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1087IUVitamin C: 35mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 173mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Food, Italian, Lunch, Panini, Recipe
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6 months ago

5 stars
This looks absolutely delicious!

3 months ago

5 stars
So yummmy. My whole family loved it,

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