Chicken Caprese Paninis were on the menu this week and they were fabulous!
Paninis aren’t like regular sandwiches, they’re cool sandwiches 😉
Sorry, total Mean Girls inspired quote.
But seriously, something magical happens when you pile a sandwich high with yumminess and it gets all melted and pressed together with golden brown, crisp bread.
Caprese salads have fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and sometimes balsamic vinegar.
We have all those components in this panini, plus some grilled chicken.
How to make Chicken Caprese Paninis
I made grilled chicken the other night for dinner and planned ahead to make extra to use in these paninis.
This is a trick I use quite often to save time (and sanity).
And instead of fresh basil I am using pesto, it adds some garlic and parmesan flavors 🙂
Start by spreading some pesto on a good slice of bread.
Good, quality bread is a MUST when making any good sandwich.
Next add the sliced, grilled chicken.
Then garden fresh tomatoes, kosher salt, pepper, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
The balsamic glaze adds that extra something special in this panini.
You can get it in the vinegar section of the grocery store or from Amazon.
Click below to order the balsamic glaze from Amazon
Finally a few slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.
Top it off with another piece of bread and head to the panini press.
Just look at this monster of a sandwich!
It will get pressed and melted together in just about 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat.
When pressing be gentle and careful not to press too much.
We don’t want too much spillage of the cheese.
I mean a little spillage is bound to happen and we just call that a bonus snack around here 🙂
See what I mean?! All pressed together into a gorgeous and delicious Chicken Caprese Panini!
Waiting until it cools off is the hardest part!
I lifted the top bread up just to help it cool off a little faster and added even more balsamic glaze because that stuff is addicting.
Click the picture to get this panini press from Amazon
More recipes to try like Chicken Caprese Paninis…
Chicken Caprese Paninis
Chicken Caprese Paninis have chicken pesto tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese all melted to perfection between two slices of fresh bread
- 8 slices bread
- 4 oz pesto
- 1 pound cooked chicken breasts sliced
- 2 tomatoes sliced
- kosher salt, pepper
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
- 2 oz balsamic glaze (vinegar section of grocery store)
Lay 4 slices of bread flat and spread each with the pesto.
Top each with the sliced chicken and tomatoes, sprinkle the tomatoes with kosher salt and pepper and drizzle the balsamic glaze. Add the fresh mozzarella cheese and top with the remaining 4 slices of bread.
Put two sandwiches at a time into a panini press set to medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, pressing down slightly. Repeat with remaining two sandwiches.