Mesquite Chicken + Basil Pesto Panini

Mesquite Chicken + Basil Pesto Panini

when i originally made this mesquite chicken and basil pesto panini, it was just a blend of all the things i know I like, the chipotle gouda cheese, basil pesto, a buttery toasted piece of bread.  =) a perfect lunch/snack..

mesquite chicken panini


well, this perfect snack turned into a faux menu item and the island in my kitchen turned into the point of sale in a cafe.  before i knew it, i was shelling out panini’s and the half of my OWN panini – had disappeared. #rude.

the mesquite seasoning was a lucky grab at world market, it’s inexpensive and it makes everything taste pretty good… no – this is not a paid advertising post – i genuinely have put this stuff on quite a bit of things.. anndd.. I’m probably going to find more things I can put it on. =)




197 cal


6 g


24 g


14 g
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Serves 2


Mesquite Chicken + Basil Pesto Panini

25 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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torta bread

1 chicken breast (makes 2 sandwiches)

1 teaspoon of basil pesto

1 teaspoon of mayonnaise

1 teaspoon of mesquite seasoning

½ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of garlic powder



1 slice of chipotle gouda cheese

1 slice of swiss cheese


slice chicken breast in half and season with mesquite seasoning, garlic powder and salt. let it rest for about 20 minutes and then grill.

in a bowl, whisk together one teaspoon of mayonnaise and one teaspoon of basil pesto sauce. set aside...

mesquite grilled chicken panini  Basil Pesto Chicken grilled

spread basil pesto mixture onto torta bread, then later one side with a slice of miss cheese and the other side with a slice of chipotle gouda cheese. begin layering ingredients: spinach and sliced tomatoes, placing the grilled chicken smack dab in the middle.

in a panini press, a george foreman grill, a non-stick skillet heavily buttered grill the panini until the cheese melts into everything else. i would suggest a panini press or george foreman grill for two important reasons: 1. it will allow you to grill both sides of the panini without the risk of your contents falling apart and 2. the weight of the panini press/george foreman grill is gentle enough to press the panini and create a seal around everything inside.


Mesquite Grilled Chicken panini


June 1, 20164:43 am
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June 3, 201610:05 pm
Thank You! I hope you try the recipe! =) Love to know what you think, this is one of my favorite sandwiches!!
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