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

Yield: serves 2

Chicken and Bacon Panini with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

Chicken Bacon Paninis-with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

This easy chicken panini is stuffed with bacon, cheese, and homemade spicy chipotle mayo!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes


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


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



  1. 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!

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

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

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. “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. :)

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

  10. 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!

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

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

  13. SOme great flavors going on here

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

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

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

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

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

  19. 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!

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

  21. 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. :)

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

    • 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.

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

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

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

  26. I love YOU and this SANDWICH! Muah!

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

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

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

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

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

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