Smoky Chicken Panini with Basil Mayo

Smoky Chicken Panini with Basil MayoRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Smoky Gouda cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach join grilled chicken breasts in this panini that's slathered with fresh Basil Mayo.


Makes 4 servings
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 35 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


4 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 lb.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
8 sourdough bread slices
1/2 pound smoked Gouda cheese, sliced
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
1/4 cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes
3 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 7 to 10 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 10 minutes, and cut into slices.

2. Stir together mayonnaise and next 2 ingredients. Spread mixture on 1 side of each bread slice. Top 4 bread slices with chicken, Gouda, and next 2 ingredients. Top with remaining bread slices, mayonnaise mixture sides down. Brush sandwiches with melted butter.

3. Cook sandwiches, in batches, in a preheated panini press 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.