This recipe creation was sponsored by Bays English Muffins®. The recipe and all opinions presented here are my own.
These scrumptious and oh-so-easy Chicken Pesto Panini sandwiches are a perfect meal. Muffins make these panini even more fuss free and I adore how wonderfully they crisp up in a panini press (or indoor grill as I actually used).
Chicken Pesto Panini
Yes! So many delightful flavors of Italy packed into these little panini sandwiches. I used chopped rotisserie chicken and jarred pesto to keep the recipe super simple. If you happen to have leftover chicken and a penchant for making your own pesto sauce (something I reserve for when my summer basil crop is growing wildly), then by all means go for it.
Provolone cheese and fresh sliced tomato round out the Italian themed filling for our panini… YUM!
Why Use an English Muffin?
The special trick I’ve used here is using Bays English Muffins rather than sliced bread to make the pressed sandwiches. They crisp up so well, yet remain tender inside. Bays in particular are well suited to a wide variety of uses. They are nicely sliced. No need to fuss with them to get them apart. The interior while tender is not crumbly like many English muffins. If you have even made English muffins from scratch yourself… these are more like that.
These only take 10-12 minutes to make and are readily portable. Great for that teen running out the door to get to practice or an easy lunch for the whole family. Make a batch of these yummy panini and let your family loose on them!
How to Make Chicken Pesto Panini
Here is a quick guide to making these Chicken Pesto Panini with pictures to guide you along. There is also a printable recipe card and video below.
Here is everything you need to make four of the panini; chopped cooked chicken, jarred pesto, sliced tomato, Provolone cheese and Bays English Muffins.
First preheat your panini maker.
Then mix together the chicken and pesto.
Assemble the sandwiches by layering the tomato, then pesto chicken, then Provolone inside the English muffins.
Grill until outside is crisp and cheese is melted (about 4-5 minutes).
Bays English Muffins
We all know English muffins are fantastic for breakfast but thinking out of the box and introducing them into your lunch and dinner routine is quite rewarding. Not only are they terrific for grilled sandwiches as I’ve shown you above, English muffins are also well suited for making open-faced sandwiches and mini-pizzas.
My daughter and I are big fans of Bays English Muffins. They are pre-sliced and easy to use. We are also mighty keen on their texture and freshness. That’s why Bays are sold out of your grocer’s dairy case, rather than the bread shelf.
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- 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken , rotisserie or leftovers
- 3 tbsp pesto sauce . jarred
- 4 Bays English Muffins
- 4 slices tomato
- 4 slices provolone cheese
- Preheat your panini press to 425 degrees.
- Mix the chicken and pesto together.
- Open each English muffin. Lay a slice of tomato on bottom half, then scoop on some pesto chicken mixture and top with provolone before putting on the top of the English muffin.
- If your press in non-stick just pop the sandwiches in press down and grill for 5 minutes. If it is not non-stick, lightly butter each side of the sandwiches before grilling.
- Remove the panini to a cooling rack. Serve after about one minute of cooling.