Healthy Chicken Panini

by Jen on October 31, 2012

Is there any sandwich better than a Panini?  I mean really, what is better than some chicken, veggies, and melted cheese sandwiched between grilled warm bread.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to making a Panini.  You can put whatever fixin’ you like on them, just add some low-fat cheese, and you’ve got yourself a healthy sandwich.

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I received a Panini press for Christmas a few years ago, and my husband loves it when I pull it out and make him a grilled sandwich.  But, you don’t NEED a Panini press to make them, you can use a stovetop grill pan with a heavy lid to get the same result.

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Sometimes, you need a quick, easy, and healthy meal to feed the family with.  And this Healthy Chicken Panini fits that bill.

What makes it healthier than a Panini you would get at a restaurant?

  • I’ve used a whole grain baguette
  • I’ve topped it with roasted red peppers that are packed in water, not oil
  • I substituted a low-fat cheese for regular cheese
  • I use lean chicken breast
  • I’ve added some healthy basil pesto for an extra kick

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So the next time you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and family friendly meal, make this Healthy Chicken Panini.  You won’t be disappointed.

Healthy Chicken Panini

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Serving Size: 1 Panini

Recipe adapted from Clean Eating Magazine

Ingredients

  • 2 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 oz low-fat Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup jarred roasted red peppers (packed in water), sliced
  • 4 Tbsp lemon-basil pesto
  • 1 whole wheat baguette

Instructions

  1. Mist a stove-top gill pan with olive oil and heat on medium-high. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper on each chicken breast and cook in grill pan until no longer pink. Remove from pan and thinly slice.
  2. Cut baguette into 4 pieces, slicing each piece horizontally to make a sandwich. On the bottom half of each sandwich, spread 1 Tbsp pesto, and top with chicken, red pepper, spinach, and cheese. Place the other half of the sandwich on top.
  3. Wipe out grill pan with a paper towel. Place each Panini in the grill pan and set a heavy skillet or pan over top, pressing down. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes per side (alternatively, you could use a Panini press.)
  4. Serve warm.

Notes

Cal: 249 Fat: 8g Protein: 20g Fiber: 4g Sodium: 661mg Sugar: 4g

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1 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life October 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

Wooooow, that looks amazing! Have you ever tried the Caprese Panini at Panera Bread? This one sort of reminds me of it…
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2 Jen November 1, 2012 at 7:26 am

I’ve heard so many yummy things about Panera Bread…but sadly we don’t have up here in the Great White North :(

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