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Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

One of my husband’s most favorite things in the world are “hot and toasty sandwiches.” Yes, that is a direct quote. If you have ever been to Brio, they have this chicken panini with spicy mayo that is really tasty. My husband loves it and I figured it would be pretty easy to replicate at home and I was right! I know I was right because throughout the rest of the night, Hubs said multiple times how much he liked the sandwich. The key to this sandwich is really the spicy chipotle mayo. It’s where all the flavor is at. I like to make it in bigger batches so we can use it throughout the week for other sandwiches or burgers.

Hot and toasty sandwiches win his heart. I think the next time I want to buy a new Coach bag, I am going to stuff him with hot and toasty sandwiches first. He’ll be sure to say yes…

Hot, toasty, bacon, chicken, spicy chipotle mayo. What’s not to like?!

I tried to lighten up my version by using turkey bacon, reduced-fat cheese, and reduced-fat mayo made with olive oil. But, you could really use anything you want to use for this.

Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

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Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

Yield: serves 2

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Spicy Chipotle Mayo:

  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayo (I used reduced fat mayo with olive oil)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. adobo seasoning

For the Panini:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast (I used shredded rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced into 4 slices
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • salt
  • 4 slices of bread (I used Italian)
  • butter

Directions:

For the Spicy Chipotle Mayo:

  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.

For the Panini:

  1. Turn the oven to broil. Place the tomato slices on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place into the oven and roast the tomatoes until the top is slightly charred. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Heat a panini grill or grill pan on medium heat. Spread a little bit of butter on one side of each piece of the bread.
  3. Evenly distribute the chicken, cheese, bacon, and tomatoes on top of two slices, butter side down.
  4. On the other pieces of bread, spread some of the mayo on the side that is not buttered. Place on top of the sandwich. Place the sandwiches on the grill. If you are using a grill pan, place a heavy pan on top of each sandwich. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the bread is golden brown. Gently flip the sandwich over and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the other side is golden brown.

Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

   

49 Responses to “Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Totally in love with this. I have an expensive panini maker at home but I never use it! But I think it’s time to dust it out and make this awesome panini you got going on here!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      You should totally get that thing out! We’ve had one too and have never used it!

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    Baker Street — May 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I love the idea of hot and toasty sandwiches. Your lightened version sounds fantastic.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

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    Choc Chip Uru — May 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

    What a beauty of a sandwich – nothing beats something hot and melty and cheesy, especially with the weather we are having :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      I so agree with you! :)

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    Tina@flourtrader — May 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Panini sandwiches are so tasty, it is hard to go back to the cold sandwiches. My press does get a workout. Your combination here looks like it would satisfy my tastes and that there would be less guilt. How can anyone not want this- delicious!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      Thanks, Tina!!

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    Gourmantine — May 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

    This has to be one of the best paninis’ I have seen!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      Thank you! That is quite the compliment! :)

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    Cassie — May 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love paninis! I was just telling my hubs that I think I would use a panini maker a lot. I think I need to look into getting one!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      You so need to get one! Tell him you will make buffalo chicken paninis! That will surely convince him.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Mmmm…the chipotle mayo sounds heavenly. I need to make paninis again stat! :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      The mayo is totally the best part of this! :)

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    Ramona — May 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “Hot and Toasty Sandwiches” — I LOVE IT! You’re hubby has great taste… this looks amazing. Hmmmm… now I need to find what will make my hubby let me buy a Coach bag. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      Haha! Food is the way to their hearts!

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    CJ at Food Stories — May 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Definitely make your hubby one of these before your next handbag purchase … maybe even one after :-)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 7th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      Ha! Great idea!

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    Vicki @ WITK — May 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    My boyfriend also loves sandwiches, sometimes he sings songs about them. He’s a bit strange. This looks very good, I think he would approve!

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    Carolyn — May 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    That, my friend, is a gorgeous panini!!!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity — May 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I like to use turkey bacon a too…it’s great in sandwiches and salads. This sandwich looks delish!

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    Erin — May 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    SOme great flavors going on here

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    Cucina49 — May 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I love a good toasty panino myself–these look yummy and full of flavor. Nice toast on that bread, too!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Your husband knows a good thing. Hot and toasty is the only way I will eat a sandwich.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Great sandwich! Totally going to use your idea, and bribe hubby next time the credit card bill comes :)

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    Reem | Simply Reem — May 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Panini’s are my favorite…
    These look great… Hot and toasty sandwich are always the best!!

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    claudia @whats cookin italian cuisine — May 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Fabulous sandwich I love it!

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    Beth Michelle — May 8, 2012 at 4:33 am

    This looks incredible. Everything about this is making my mouth water. YUMMMMM

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    Alyssa — May 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I totally don’t blame your hubby…this sounds soooooo good! My husband always gets suspicious when I make something he really, really likes. He asks what I want :). I hope your dissertation is going well!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — May 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Looks fantastic! I can’t imagine what’s not to like about this. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      Thank you, Anita! I loved everything about it! :)

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    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) — May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    If I’m going to have a sandwich, I’d rather it be “hot and toasty”, too. :) This one looks absolutely gorgeous–love everything you put in it. :)

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    Colleen — May 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Aw man, being vegetarian is rough. This sandwich looks off-the-charts awesome!!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Hmm, maybe you could just pack in more veggies. I bet a grilled portabello mushroom would be great. Maybe add more of the roasted tomatoes as well.

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    Liz — May 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    What an amazing grilled cheese! Spicy and fabulous…and I adore anything involving melted cheese :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Liz! I so SO agree!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I can see why your hubby likes toasty sandwiches. It looks delicious. I love chipotle. This is a winner!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Jennie!

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    Ann — May 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I’m with your hubby! I’m all about paninis! One of my faves!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Me too, Ann! I want to try lots more recipes now!

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    Kim Bee — May 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I love YOU and this SANDWICH! Muah!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Spicy mayo?? YES PLEASE!!

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    LP @dishclips — May 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Looks like it can be great for lunch with a soup or refreshing salad.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:43 am

      It would be wonderful with some soup or salad!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    This sandwich is making me hungry. My husband only likes hot sandwiches, he would LOVE this one!

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    Renee @ Tortillas and Honey — May 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This sandwich sounds so delicious! The mayo that you made sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 15th, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

      Thanks, Renee! The mayo is so good!

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    Tessa — October 5, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    This chipotle paste in a tube makes this mayo so easy to make!!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0097UW3EK

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    Kate — October 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Spicy paninis are my favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Stephanie!

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