Pesto Chicken Panini

You wanna hear a cute story?

My parents’ have a panini grill (this one, if you’re interested – not an affiliate link, fyi) and I don’t. It’s really not fair. They don’t have a food blog, why should they get the fancy appliances?

Anyway, my mom told me that I could borrow the grill since they don’t use it much in the summer. I stopped over to grab it (along with their big mama juicer that they never use – I’m in the process of juicing every single food I come in contact with – carrot juice? Sure! Cheeseburger juice? Awesome! Butter juice? Wait…isn’t that, like, heavy cream? I’ll take it!) and my mom handed it over and said these words:

“You can keep it ’til it cools off outside. We might want to grill indoors this winter.”

And, I said “Sure! I’ll bring it right back! I just want to try it once!”

Here’s the cute part: she believed me. Don’t you just want to pat her on the head and squeeze her adorable, naive little cheeks?

The thing is, that panini grill is mine now. I put one of my address labels on it, so when she asks about it I’ll be all, what? This grill? You mean the one that has my name and address on it? I think you must be mistaken.

Works every time.

Pesto Chicken Panini


  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • butter, to spread on the bread
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded Grilled or leftover chicken (I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 thick slices fresh mozzarella
  • 2 thick slices tomato
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 2 tablespoons pesto (from the grocery store or make your own!)


  1. Heat the panini grill to low.
  2. Spread both slices of bread with the butter. Spread the mayo and pesto on the opposite side of the butter. Top with chicken, mozzarella, and tomato. Sprinkle with salt. Top the sandwich with the other piece of buttered bread.
  3. Place on the panini grill and close the top. Grill until the cheese begins to get melty. Turn the grill up to medium to get a nice crunch on the outside of the bread. Remove from the grill, slice in half, and serve hot.
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