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Spicy Pesto Chicken Panini

Panera's Frontega Chicken Panini copycat recipe
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Jenny


  • Ciabatta bread
  • provolone cheese
  • spinach chopped
  • tomatoes diced
  • red onion sliced
  • chicken breast diced (I used rotisserie)
  • pesto paste or fresh pesto if you prefer
  • mayo
  • sriracha

Pickled Onions (optional)

  • red onion sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. sugar or honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Mix up some sriracha and mayo to your preferred level of spicy and set aside.
  • Lay your bread out on a baking sheet (tops and bottoms) and spread pesto paste on the bottom of the bread.
  • Add chicken, spinach, tomato, onion and provolone cheese.
  • Bake for about 5 minutes (tops off) until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and carefully dress the top bun with the spicy mayo. Place the top bun on top of the sandwich, then return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until the bread begins to brown lightly on top.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot! Enjoy!

Pickled Onions

  • Mix marinade; pour over sliced red onions and let sit for at least 5-10 minutes, stirring occassionally. Serve.