Chicken and roasted pepper panini at home

Forget heading to Panera Bread or Tim Hortons for your panini fix — if you have a panini press, these satisfying sandwiches are a snap. If not, you can use a grill pan or grill and a heavy weight to press down the sandwiches as they cook.

Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

Serves 4

What you need

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 450 g/1 lb total)
  • 60 ml (4 tbsp) reduced-fat pesto
  • 4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese, preferably smoked
  • 1 jar (110 g/4 oz) roasted red peppers, drained
  • 8 slices whole-grain or sourdough bread

It's simple to do

  1. Place a chicken breast between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a flat meat mallet or heavy skillet to an even 0.5-centimetre (1/4-inch) thickness. Cut the pounded chicken in half. Repeat with the other chicken breast.
  2. Coat the chicken with cooking spray and cook on a panini press or grill pan, or grill over medium heat until nicely grill-marked and no longer pink in the centre, about three to five minutes per side, turning when the chicken becomes white around edges.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the pesto on one side of the bread slices. Place a slice of provolone over each piece of bread. Arrange the roasted peppers over the cheese. Place a piece of grilled chicken over the roasted peppers on each sandwich. Top with other slice of bread, press the sandwiches down gently and coat all over with cooking spray.
  4. Put the sandwiches on a panini press with the top down (or put a heavy weight such as a cast-iron pan or foil-wrapped brick over the sandwiches on a grill pan or grill) and grill them over medium heat. Cook until nicely grill-marked and the cheese melts, three to five minutes per side.
  5. Cut in half on the diagonal and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 381 Calories, 11 g Fat (3 g Saturated Fat), 34 g Carbs, 36 g Protein, 11 g Fibre, 79 mg Chol, 721 mg Sodium, 430 mg Calcium

Enjoy your favourite panini in the comfort of your home.  If you want company, treat your friends.  You'll still save a few bucks doing this yourself as opposed to going out to pick up this meal.

Chicken and roasted pepper panini at home
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