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Close up view of a chicken panini sandwich. It's sliced in half, and roasted red pepper, chicken breast, goat cheese, and pesto layers are visible.
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Pesto Chicken Panini with Goat Cheese & Roasted Red Peppers

This Homemade Pesto Chicken Panini is a bit of work, but SO worth it. Amazing flavours: Pesto, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, and more!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 Sandwiches
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Panini Press / Indoor Grill
Mini Food Processor



  • 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grill spray

Pesto Mayo:

  • 3 tablespoon Mayonnaise or Garlic aoili
  • ¼ cup Fresh basil leaves packed
  • 3 Garlic cloves peeled and pressed/minced
  • 2 tablespoon Grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • 2 tablespoon Olive oil

For Sandwich Assembly:

  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 oz Goat cheese
  • 4 Slices Bread of choice


  • Heat your panini press


  • Place the chicken between two pieces of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to gently beat the chicken breasts to a uniform thickness.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Using grill spray first, grill chicken until it’s cooked through.
    Two chicken breasts grilling on an indoor press.

Basil Mayo:

  • While chicken is cooking, add mayo, basil, Parmesan, garlic, and olive oil to a food processor.
  • Blitz until basil is finely chopped, and everything is well combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Sandwich Assembly:

  • Take out an appropriate amount of roasted red pepper pieces - to personal taste. Place them on paper towels, blot well to absorb all excess moisture.
  • Once chicken is cooked all the way through:
  • Assemble your sandwiches: Spread two slices of bread with goat cheese. Top with roasted red pepper, and a chicken breast. Spread the remaining slices of bread with basil mayo, and place on top of the chicken.
    A progression of sandwich assembly photos. In the first quadrant, the lower part of the sandwiches are spread with pesto mayo. In the next square, goat cheese is added to the top slices. In the 3rd square, roasted red pepper slices are added on top o the goat cheese, and in the final quadrant a chicken breast has been added on top of the pesto maypnnaise.
  • Spray your panini press with cooking spray, place sandwiches in the panini press, and cook to desired doneness.
    Close up view of two assembled sandwiches grilling in a panini press.
  • Serve immediately!
    Two grilled sandwiches in a panini press.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3mg