This Spicy Chicken Panini recipe is a great dinner or lunch idea when you are running short on time. The gourmet sandwich can be made using leftovers from a previous dinner.
A few months ago we bought a panini press. Now sometimes when we buy an appliance or item, the novelty of it wears off with in a month or so, and then we wonder why we ever needed it.
We used the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler to make this Cheesy Beef Panini, and a few other sandwiches in the first week. And I am happy to report the sandwich maker is still going strong. Our oldest son loves using this little machine. I love that the plates can come off and are easily washed. It's a win win for everyone.
The other day we had some leftover grilled chicken breasts, so I pulled out the panini press and looked through our fridge to see what else we had for sandwiches.
There was some spicy cheese in the deli drawer, some tomatoes in the crisper, and a bowl of Spicy Guacamole leftover from taco night too. Why not put it all in one crispy sandwich for a quick and easy lunch?
Butter your bread and put the chicken pieces and cheese inside first. I wanted my tomatoes and guacamole to stay cold, so I waited to put those on after the cheese melted.
Talk about gourmet grilled cheese! This easy sandwich had a slight kick from the cheese and guacamole. You could easily alter this sandwich to fit your taste. Use your favorite cheese and meat to change it up.
Now I just need to buy the waffle iron plates that are available for the griddler. Then we can use this appliance for breakfast too...or cookies. I see waffle cookies in my future 🙂
A few more easy chicken recipes you may like:
YUMMY! I totally want a sandwich press for crispy sandwiches!!! Love the filling, creamy, tasty and chunky! Love it!
Thanks Sharlynn! 🙂
I lurve panini's so much!!!!
Looks like I'll be trying this out next time I need a quick dinner idea!
Yay! You will love this, Cecile! 🙂
Jocelyn, Amazon seems to have a 5-in-1 that offers the option to purchase waffle plates:
Is this similar to yours? My kids are older too and love making grilled sandwiches, so this looks perfect. Our current waffle iron is a Walmart special and it's so gunky because it's impossible to clean. I'd love an excuse to throw it out! My birthday's in less than a month too...
That's the exact one we have...apparently it has more features that I don't realize 🙂 LOl! I love that I can remove the plates and wash them...makes it so much easier!!!
That's funny! Maybe we'll see more recipes using it soon now that you k now all 5 of it's functions:) Thanks!
Hi, Heather. I was trying to email you back about the amazon affiliate and somehow I deleted the message instead of replying...I'm so sorry!
I'll email you again:) Thanks for letting me know!
I've been wanting a Panini press for some time now and wondered if it would really be worth the investment. Would you mind sharing which one you purchased? This sandwich looks delish!
For our family it has been totally worth the investment. Our kids are old enough to use it by themselves too. But even if it was just my husband and I, we would still buy it. It's great for so many things. We bought the Cuisinart Griddler...it can be used as a panini press, waffle iron, and griddle. The 3 in one feature is what totally sold me on it 🙂
Des @ Life's Ambrosia
Oooh I love this! Especially the spicy guacamole. Pinned!
Thanks Des! 🙂
This sounds delicious and perfect for lunch! I would add the tomatoes into the panini press to warm them up! This makes me want a panini press...I love warm sandwiches 🙂
Michelle @My California Kitchen
Guacamole and pepper jack cheese! Perfect!
Thanks Michelle! 🙂
I love paninis! And the flavors happening in your spicy chicken panini are making my mouth water! Can't wait to try this one out for dinner sometime!
This looks so tasty! Probably would be good with some bacon too!
Great idea! 😉 Thanks Aubrey!
I love making paninis and also love spice--the pepper jack takes this to another level! Love it!
Thanks Julia! 🙂
Martha @ A Family Feast
This sandwich is exactly what my husband would choose to eat everyday if he could...especially with the pepper jack cheese added!
This is totally my kind of sandwich. Love the guac falling out 🙂
Thanks Aimee! 😉
Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
Jocelyn, I had no idea they made panini presses with removable plates for a waffle iron! I may need to put that on my Christmas list... 😉 This sandwich looks wonderful!
We use our panini press all of the time! Nothing better than gooey cheese on a sandwich! Pinned.
Thanks for the pin Lisa! 🙂
Panini Presses are possibly one of my favorite kitchen tools of all time!! Although I will admit to ours being shamefully neglected in favor of the waffle plates 😉
This sandwich looks incredible! I can’t resist anything with guacamole!!!
Yum! I want this for my lunch..and possibly again for dinner! I love paninis, and using leftovers..genius!
Thank you Serene! 😉
Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish
I love all sandwiches with guac on them!!! YUM.
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
Oh girl I want this for lunch! Looks so fantastic!!
I great idea that I can use for lunch cause sometimes I just plain run out of inspiration..... Looks really yummy!! xoxo
Thanks Johlene! 🙂