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Recipe For Cilantro Pesto Chicken Panini

'Wich of the Week: Cilantro Chicken Panini

At the farmers market near the Sugar offices, there's an Afghan food stand that sells all sorts of innovative breads and spreads, including a pesto sauce made from cilantro instead of the standard basil. I love the simplicity of the classic margherita pizza, and used that as inspiration for this panino.

The cilantro pesto combines perfectly with fresh tomato and grilled chicken. Instead of using a mild cheese like mozzarella, I subbed in saltier provolone, because it complements the cool flavor of the cilantro. Though cilantro haters won't go for this sandwich, it would be just as lovely with traditional basil pesto. To get the recipe,


Cilantro Chicken Panini With Tomato and Provolone

Cilantro Chicken Panini With Tomato and Provolone

Recipe For Cilantro Chicken Panini With Tomato and Provolone


  1. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. Salt and pepper
  3. 8 slices multigrain or wheat bread
  4. 4 tablespoons cilantro pesto
  5. 2 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick round slices
  6. 4 slices provolone cheese


  1. On a clean work surface, place the chicken breasts on a large piece of plastic wrap, and fold the plastic wrap over to cover the chicken. Using a rolling pin or meat hammer, flatten the chicken until it is about 1/2 an inch thick. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. On a grill or in a lightly oiled grill pan on the stove, cook each piece of chicken for about 5 minutes per side over medium heat. Set aside to cool, then cut each piece in half so you have four pieces of chicken.
  3. To make each sandwich, spread 1 tablespoon of cilantro pesto on one slice of bread, then top with chicken, tomatoes, and a slice of cheese. Place second slice of bread atop cheese.
  4. In a panini press on medium heat or in a skillet on the stove, cook panini until bread is lightly browned and cheese is melted — about 5 minutes in the panini press or 3 minutes per side in a skillet.

Makes 4 panini.

Join The Conversation
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
That looks so good!!
pklotus pklotus 8 years
Not a fan of cilantro but I love pesto. I might have to make this for my boyfriend and I...maybe tonight!
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
That looks!
brownsugamama brownsugamama 8 years
Will be making this for lunch tommoro. I love the wich of the week!
chulitachorty chulitachorty 8 years
i absolutely love cilantro. it smells so wonderful...i've got to try this!
Chica8a Chica8a 8 years
yummy !
arrowstraite arrowstraite 8 years
my daughter just asked for something with Cilantro. I'll try this tomorrow, thanks!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
omg I am so hungry and this looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made a "pesto" once with arugula instead of basil,a nd used toasted walnuts instead of pine nuts, it was AMAZING. just add garlic and olive oil in teh food processor, delicious
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