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Rotisserie Chicken Panini

This ooey-gooey, melty delight is packed with bacon, chicken, cheese and just enough lemon to tickle your taste buds. Other chicken panini recipes don't compare!—Terri McCarty, Oro Grande, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared pesto
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Dash pepper
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/4 pound sliced rotisserie chicken
  • 4 slices ready-to-serve fully cooked bacon
  • 2 slices smoked part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 slices red onion, separated into rings
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; spread half over two bread slices. Layer with chicken, bacon, mozzarella cheese, onion and tomato. Spread remaining mayonnaise mixture over remaining bread slices; place over top. Brush outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  • Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill until bread is browned and cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Go for freshly squeezed lemon juice when preparing this summery sandwich. Bottled lemon juice, which is from concentrate, won’t provide the same bright, fresh flavor. Buy some lemons to get the job done.
  • In Europe, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parmesan are considered the same cheese. But in the U.S., Parmesan is a generic term that may not come from Italy’s Parmigiano-Reggiano region. Using the authentic Italian cheese (in a lesser amount than the original’s ½ cup) ensures a cheesy richness in the makeover with less fat and calories.
  • These gooey panini recipes are sure to curb the cravings.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 sandwich: 653 calories, 42g fat (16g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 996mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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    • angieact1
      Feb 22, 2014

      This was very good. I did not use the mayo or butter (I used butter spray) to save calories.

    • Indecision
      Jun 4, 2012

      Very, very good. I love to serve panni's for to guests for lunch and this will be at the top of the list. I actually pounded out chicken breast, seasoned and cooked in the Geo Forman grill to use....I did not use the bacon and it was still wonderful. Yes I know everything is better with bacon,.........enjoy as we did.

    • Coryskitchen
      Oct 27, 2011

      We loved it! Mmmm!

    • daisey5
      Jun 13, 2011

      This was very good!!

    • edimmett
      Jan 11, 2011

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    • mkfrazier
      Jan 9, 2011

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    • Seminoles
      Oct 27, 2010

      This was very good. I just used an indoor grill pan and it worked just fine. My husband loved it.

    • devilgrrl
      Oct 25, 2010

      This is so delicious! Way better than a panini in any restaurant! We also used our George Foreman grill! We will definatly make these again & again! So yummy!

    • katycaruso
      Oct 19, 2010

      We made these twice in one weekend! They were delicious and very simple. I eyeballed the spread ratios and didn't bother to melt the butter. Our george foreman grill was perfect for the sandwiches. Amazing. My husband went crazy for these. Yum!