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Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini Sandwich

Pesto Chicken Panini
Since I blog about food regularly, you guys already know my love for cooking.  But, its exactly opposite when I have to cook something just for myself.  And such days, there are no leftovers either. 
What are your solitary meals?  My lazy lunches are generally salads and grilled sandwiches.

Ingredients:
Boneless Chicken - 1 pound
Lemon/Lime Juice - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 2 big cloves
Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt
Unsalted Butter or Oil
Baguette or Thick Sliced Bread
Pesto Sauce
Red/Purple Onion
Bell Pepper/Capsicum
Tomato
Cheese Slices (optional)

How to make Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich:
  • Preheat the oven at 375 degrees F.  Grease a baking dish with oil or butter.  Crush the garlic cloves and add it to the dish.  Place a skinless chicken breast on the baking dish.  Sprinkle salt, fresh ground black pepper and chili powder.  Add lemon juice and rub the chicken well with the seasonings. 
  • Bake the chicken uncovered for about 10 minutes.  Flip it and bake for another 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked.  Let the cooked chicken cool for about 5 minutes.  Dice it into bite size pieces.
  • You can use leftover chicken as well.  Rotisserie chicken tastes good too.
  • Thinly slice onion, bell pepper and tomato slices.
Chicken Pesto Panini
  • Heat a grill pan for roasting the sandwich. 
  • Cut the baguette in two halves.  I used Ciabatta bread rolls.  Apply pesto sauce to both halves or two bread slices generously, about 1 tbsp for each half.  On one half, place onions, bell peppers and tomatoes.  Top it with diced chicken.  Place the other half of the bread and slightly press it.
  • Top the chicken with some cheese slices if you like.  Since pesto sauce has cheese in it, I skipped the cheese part.
  • Apply some butter or oil to the bread and place it on the hot pan.  Press the sandwich with a wooden spatula or place a small cast iron pan on the sandwich.  Flip the sandwich after a minute and roast the other side too.  Place the pan again on the sandwich and roast for few more seconds.
Cut the sandwich in 2 or 4 triangles and enjoy hot Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini with Potato Chips.

4 comments:

  1. Such a delicious and super filling sandwich,love it.

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  2. Thanks a lot for posting this lovely sandwich recipe.
    deepa

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