Chicken Pesto Panini

Today is Nate's birthday. Happy birthday, Nate! Awesomely, it's also National Sandwich Day. In honor of both, we're making chicken pesto panini (did you know that the plural form of panini is panini? I didn't, until the spellcheck kept highlighting “paninis”).

Chicken Pesto Panini ingredients

Chicken Pesto Panini
Bread (we like Oroweat's Healthful Flax & Fiber because it's 80 calories per slice and had 5 grams of protein)
Strips of grilled chicken (you can simply grill chicken breast on the panini press ahead of time)
Pesto spread
Goat cheese

Pesto Panini

Generously spread pesto on both sides of the sandwich bread.

pesto goat cheese panini

Chop up a couple ounces of the goat cheese and top one of the bread slices with it. Don't worry if it gets crumbly. It'll all melt together when you put it in the panini maker.

Chicken Pesto Panini

Add 4 or 5 slices of chicken breast.

Chicken Pesto sandwich grill

Grill it on high on a preheated panini maker for 2 1/2 minutes.

Chicken Pesto Panini

Slice and serve hot.

The panini maker is one of my all-time favorite kitchen items. I even throw quesadillas on there and grill up chicken breasts on it. Honestly, I'm not sure what we'd do without it. We'd probably eat a lot less sandwiches.

Oroweat sent us their new Flax & Fiber bread to try out along with some really cool sandwich spreads. They're featuring all sorts of delicious recipes over on their Facebook page for National Sandwich Day – go check it out!