Grilled Chicken, Roasted Pepper, Basil and Mozzarella Panini

I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. --Julia Child

If the Earl of Sandwich were alive today, I think we'd be good friends. 

Some days, there's nothing more satisfying than a warm, gooey, flavorful sandwich.  As far as I'm concerned, any sandwich combination will do as long as there's a crusty/creamy/crunchy element to each bite. Some people say it's the bread that makes a great sandwich, others say it is the filling-- I say it's the combination of both. You can't really have one without the other anyway, can you?

I recently hauled out the trusty panini maker and put it to good use, giving new life to some leftover bread, grilled chicken and fridge staples.

I sliced some crusty ciabatta bread and brushed both sides of each slice with olive oil.  Then, I layered on slices of juicy grilled chicken breast, basil leaves (plucked from my herb garden), fresh mozzarella, and some smoky/sweet roasted red peppers.  I drizzled a mix of balsamic vinegar and pesto on the top slice before closing and pressing the sandwiches into lovely, melty panini goodness.

A perfect snack, lunch or light dinner...easy, quick and of course, tasty, too!



  1. I forwarded this recipe to my coworker who is a newlywed. I gave her a panini press for her bridal shower, so I had to pass this recipe along to her! She said she's made your "Grilled Chicken, Roasted Pepper, Basil and Mozzarella Panini" four times already! Her hubby loves it and said he could eat it every night! I can't wait to try it myself!