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

Ingredients

SERVES 2

  • 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!