Dinner Shortcuts: Pesto chicken panini

Brandy O'Neill

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Use up that rotisserie chicken! A simple sandwich with bold flavor brought from pesto and stringy mozzarella cheese.

pesto chicken panini

The after-work dinner rush doesn't always have to end in a meltdown. This simple sandwich is packed full of flavor and perfect for adults and kids. We took shredded chicken, pesto, fresh basil, sliced tomatoes and stringy mozzarella to create the perfect panini for a quick weeknight supper.

Pesto chicken panini recipes

Yields 2 sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices crust sliced bread
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded chicken, use leftover pieces or from a rotisserie chicken
  • 2 slices tomato


  1. Set panini maker onto medium heat.
  2. Spread 1 side of each slice of bread with butter.
  3. On the other side of the bread, spread pesto.
  4. Add 1 slice of cheese on top of pesto. Then add shredded chicken, tomato slices and a few slices of basil. Put sandwich together and add to panini maker.
  5. Cook until the outside of the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. It's ready when the sandwich is warmed through.

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Brandy O'Neill
Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world.