Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini

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Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini
Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini is the ultimate lunch. Ciabatta bread stuffed with grilled chicken, pesto, avocado aioli, cheese, roasted tomatoes and it's pressed until perfectly crispy and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
For the grilled chicken
  1. 1 pound chicken breast cutlets
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  5. ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  6. ½ teaspoon granulated onion
  7. ½ teaspoon paprika
  8. ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  9. ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
For the panini
  1. 1 pound mini tomatoes on the vine
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. ½ teaspoon salt
  4. ½ teaspoon black pepper
  5. 4 ciabatta rolls, split
  6. 8 slices mozzarella cheese
For the pesto
  1. 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  4. ¼ cup pine nuts
  5. ½ teaspoon salt
  6. ½ teaspoon pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  8. ¼ to ⅓ cup olive oil
For the avocado aioli
  1. 1 large egg yolk
  2. 2 garlic cloves
  3. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  4. ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  5. 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  6. ¼ cup olive oil
  7. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  8. pinch of salt
  9. few grinds of black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat an outdoor (or indoor stovetop) grill over medium-high heat. Place the chicken in a bowl and mix it together with the seasonings and oil until evenly coated. Grill the chicken for about 4 to 5 minutes on the first side, flip over and continue to grill for another 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and set aside.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil, salt and pepper. Toss to evenly combine. Roast in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft and slightly charred. Remove from oven and allow to cool down.
  4. To make the pesto: Combine all of the ingredients (except the oil) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to chop it down. While the machine is running, slowly stream in the olive oil until the pesto is somewhat thick but still spreadable. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  5. To make the avocado aioli: Combine all of the ingredients (except the olive oil) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth and combined. While the machine is running (slowly stream in the olive oil until thick and the consistency of mayo. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  6. To assemble the sandwiches: Split the ciabatta rolls. Spread one half with pesto and the other half with the avocado aioli. Place a slice of cheese on each half of bread. Then layer with the chicken, tomatoes, and more pesto on the chicken. Close them and then drizzle the tops with a bit of olive oil. Place (two at a time) on a hot panini press and press down on the top. Grill until hot and the cheese has melted. Cut in half and serve warm. Enjoy!