Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini

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Have some leftover shredded chicken? Transform it the next day with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini that's loaded with flavor with a nice crunch!

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Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini

Last week, I made a simple pesto sauce and used it on the Pesto Ricotta Tomato Flatbread recipe. I had a lot of it leftover, so I made another simple recipe today with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini. This is the perfect lunch food when you’ve got leftover pesto, or even store-bought pesto and some leftover shredded chicken. Just layer the bread with the pesto sauce, cheese, tomatoes, chicken and avocado, grill it in a pan or in a panini for those drool-worthy grilled lines and lunch is ready pronto!

Have some leftover shredded chicken? Transform it the next day with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini that's loaded with flavor with a nice crunch!

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Have some leftover shredded chicken? Transform it the next day with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini that's loaded with flavor with a nice crunch!

Do you guys love the simplicity of this recipe (errr…the simplicity of all my recipes lately?) Since we moved from Massachusetts to Michigan, it’s been a whirlwind of a summer packing, unpacking, vacationing, vacationing some more and just trying to relax before another whirlwind comes into play…which is that of moving to a new place, meeting new people, finding new activities, doctors, babysitters…etc. I’ve done it before when we moved to Arizona, Florida and Massachusetts, so I’m pretty much a moving maven now, but nonetheless, it’s time-consuming and exhausting. So I feel like because of the move, I’ve been slacking on recipes for you guys, but the feedback has been positive that ya’ll are loving these simple quick meals that, like me, you can whip up in 15-30 minutes.

So, I hope you try and love this recipe…my apologies in advance for the caloric content. But you can totes divide the serving in half and eat it with the a salad, which, let’s be honest, is probably the responsible healthy thing to do. Unless you’ve had one of those days where you just need to bite into a loaded crunchy sandwich, then I’m with you!

Have some leftover shredded chicken? Transform it the next day with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini that's loaded with flavor with a nice crunch!
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Have some leftover shredded chicken? Transform it the next day with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini that's loaded with flavor with a nice crunch!
Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Have some leftover shredded chicken? Transform it the next day with this Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini that's loaded with flavor with a nice crunch!
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Panini, Pesto Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 602 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves stems removed
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Sandwich
  • 1 loaf french bread sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4 Tbsp pesto sauce
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 4 beefsteak or roma tomatoes sliced
  • 4-6 oz shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
Instructions
Pesto
  1. Combine basil leaves, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and process until very finely minced.
  2. Add the cheese and process very briefly.
  3. With the machine still running, slowly pour in the olive oil, and process until the mixture is smooth and consistent.
  4. Serve on the flatbreads and store the remainder in the fridge or freezer.
Sandwich
  1. Spread the pesto on the inside of the french bread. Then layer the mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, shredded chicken, and avocado. Place the other half the french bread on top to close the sandwich.
  2. Place the sandwich on the panini ((or you can also use a grill pan on medium-heat), close it and let it grill for about 5 minutes until the cheese melts and the bread becomes crispy.
  3. Remove from the panini, slice diagonally and enjoy pronto!
  4. If you have leftover pesto, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Chicken Avocado Panini
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 547mg 23%
Potassium 450mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 36%
Vitamin C 16.8%
Calcium 35.3%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    Emily Kemp
    August 17, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Yum, What a great quick and easy lunchtime recipe!

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