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.

Boneless Chicken - 1 pound
Lemon/Lime Juice - 2 tbsp
Garlic - 2 big cloves
Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/2 tsp
Unsalted Butter or Oil
Baguette or Thick Sliced Bread
Pesto Sauce
Red/Purple Onion
Bell Pepper/Capsicum
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.


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