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Grilled Vegetables and Pesto Chicken Panini

Servings: 4

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Trattoria style blend of vegetables and grilled chicken breast makes the perfect Panini.

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. HARVESTLAND® Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 1 1/4 lbs.)
  • 1 large red bell pepper — seeded & quartered
  • 1 medium red onion — sliced in 1/3 inch thick rounds
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1/2 c. Prepared Pesto
  • 1/4 c. Kalamata olives — pitted and finely chopped
  • 1 loaf (16 ounces) focaccia bread (or 4 sandwich rolls)
  • 8 oz. provolone cheese
  • Panini sandwich press, or heavy oven-proof skillet and brick

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to high. Brush chicken, bell pepper and red onion with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken and vegetables on grill. Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side until internal temperature is 170ºF. Grill vegetables until tender-crisp, turning once or twice.
  3. Meanwhile, combine pesto and olives in a small bowl. Slice focaccia into 4 pieces; cut each piece (or each roll) horizontally to make a sandwich. Spread pesto mixture on cut sides of focaccia.
  4. Slice chicken crosswise 1/8-inch thick. Divide chicken, peppers, onion and cheese evenly between 4 sandwiches. Place top on sandwiches, pesto side down.
  5. Return sandwiches to grill and reduce heat to medium. Place a heavy cast-iron skillet (or oven-proof skillet weighted with a brick) on top of sandwiches. Close grill lid. Grill 2-3 minutes until bread is crisp; remove skillet, turn sandwiches and repeat pressing with skillet. (May need to grill sandwiches 2 at a time to fit under pan.) Alternatively, press sandwiches in preheated panini grill or sandwich press. Serve warm.