A few years back, my mom gifted me one of favorite small appliances, a panini press. She also included a bunch of panini recipe cards bound by a thick pretty ribbon – genius gift! Paninis work for a quick dinner option and I like to serve them beside a bowl of soup. Over the years I have become creative with the combos (i.e. whatever we have in the fridge) but this copycat Panera recipe is definitely a go-to. Each ingredient adds a little something, so be sure to use all!
What is your favorite panini recipe?
Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce + 1 or 2 teaspoons sauce
- 2 focaccia buns (or 1 loaf focaccia bread, cut into quarters)
- 1 cooked chicken breast, I use rotisserie often
- 8oz mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced
- a few fresh basil leaves
- Cooking spray or butter
Combine mayo and chipotle pepper in food processor. Spread sauce on bread. Layer red onion, chicken, basil and mozzarella cheese onto bread. Use cooking spray or a small amount of butter on outside of bread for crisping. Place panini in press and toast for 5-10 minutes, depending on strength of press. Enjoy!