How to Make a Panera Chipotle Chicken Panini

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Panera Chipotle Chicken Panini

This Panera Chipotle Chicken Panini recipe is simple to make and may just fool your taste buds into thinking that you're sitting in a Panera restaurant. It's a spin on a classic grilled chicken and cheddar sandwich, spruced up with a sauce made with chipotle and adobo chiles. While it isn't too spicy, the peppers add flavor and zest, bringing the sandwich to life.


Source: samantha celera
Offered by Panera Bread
Customer service phone 866-270-1064[1]
Served as Main course sandwich
Main ingredients Chicken, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, chili spread
Cooking method Grilling
Similar to Grilled chicken sandwich
Author Selena Robinson

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Panera Chipotle Chicken Panini Ingredients

  • 8 slices focaccia bread[2]
  • 4 boneless, skinless free range chicken breasts[3]
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 fresh tomato slices
  • Salt and black pepper


  • 1 ancho chile
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce[4]
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Panera Chipotle Chicken Panini Recipe

  1. Mince the ancho and chipotle chiles into tiny pieces.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and the mayo.
  3. Add the chiles and mix well.
  4. Cover, and let the flavors meld in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
  5. Heat a grill or cast-iron skillet to medium-high.
  6. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook the chicken breasts for about 15 minutes, turning once, until they are thoroughly cooked. There should be no pink in the middle.
  8. Heat up your panini press.
  9. Coat one side of each slice of bread with the ancho-chipotle spread.
  10. Top 4 slices with a chicken breast, followed by a slice of cheddar cheese, 2 bacon slices and 2 tomato slices.
  11. Top with a second bread slice and serve.

How to Grill a Chicken Breast

Tips for grilling chicken for your Panera Chipotle Chicken Panini

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If you're watching your waistline, the Chipotle Chicken Panini can easily be lightened up into a more diet-friendly meal. Simply use vegetarian bacon instead of pork (or skip it altogether), and use light mayonnaise and light sour cream when you make the spread. For even fewer calories, use a thin whole wheat bread instead of heavy focaccia.

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