Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini Recipe

Ingredients

Chipotle Mayo

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (minced)
  • 1-2 teaspoons adobo sauce (depending on desired spice level)

Panini

  • 4 slices focaccia bread (or ciabatta)
  • 1-1.5 pounds cooked, shredded chicken
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Olive oil or cooking spray

Instructions

1. Make the Chipotle Mayo

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, minced chipotle pepper, and adobo sauce. Whisk until well blended. Taste and adjust spice level if needed.

2. Prep the Ingredients

  • Thinly slice the tomato and red onion.
  • Roughly chop the basil.

3. Assemble the Panini

  • Spread a generous layer of chipotle mayo on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Layer the chicken, mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, red onion, and basil on the bottom slice of bread.
  • Top with the other slice of bread.

4. Cook the Panini

– Panini Press Method

  • Preheat your panini press to medium heat.
  • Lightly coat the top and bottom of the panini with olive oil or cooking spray.
  • Place the sandwich in the panini press and cook for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown, crispy, and the cheese is melted.

– Skillet Method

  • Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat.
  • Lightly coat the top and bottom of the panini with olive oil or cooking spray.
  • Place the sandwich in the skillet and use a heavy pot or pan to press it down.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown, crispy, and the cheese is melted.

5. Slice and Serve

  • Slice your panini in half and enjoy immediately!

Tips

Chicken: Use rotisserie chicken for convenience, or cook your own chicken breasts or thighs for maximum flavor.

Bread: Focaccia is traditional, but ciabatta works equally well. Look for bread with good, crusty texture.

Customization: Add your favorite toppings like avocado or roasted peppers.

No Panini Press? The skillet method works great—just make sure you weigh the sandwich down to get that signature pressed effect.

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