4 servings (serving size: 1/4 sandwich)

Jazz up sandwich night with leftover chicken and store-bought fig jam. If you do not have a sandwich press or cast-iron skillet, place a regular skillet on top of the sandwich and weigh it down with cans.

How to Make It

Step 1

Spread jam over cut side of top half of bread. Combine cheese and butter in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Spread cheese mixture over cut side of bottom half of bread. Arrange chicken evenly over cheese mixture; sprinkle with pepper. Place top half of bread, jam side down, over chicken.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add sandwich to pan. Place a heavy cast-iron skillet on sandwich; cook 5 minutes or until both sides are browned, turning once.

Step 3

Place arugula in a bowl. Drizzle juice over arugula; toss gently. Remove top bread half from sandwich. Arrange arugula mixture over chicken. Replace top bread half. Cut sandwich into 4 equal portions.

Ratings & Reviews


July 02, 2015
This is a good sandwich for a weeknight meal.  It was easy to prepare and I served it with a salad.  Good meal for game night.

Jaymie's Review

March 05, 2012
These are truly outstanding! Followed the recipe except that I made the chicken a day ahead of time and just baked it in foil with lemon juice and fresh rosemary and thyme. Otherwise didn't change a thing and they were to die for.

meibert5's Review

February 22, 2009
This was an interesting recipe, but I feel the blue cheese overpowered the rest of the recipe, and I didn't feel the fig jam was anything special. Like another reader mentioned, probably a different jam would work fine too. It IS a good panini, just not a GREAT one.

dburns45's Review

July 26, 2009
I substituted apricot jam for fig and spinach for arugala. I didn't have either on hand. Anyway, we had it for dinner and everyone loved it. Found out my son made it the next day, he liked it so much. Will definitely make again.

bigbadmama's Review

January 28, 2009
We loved this panina. The combination of flavors is fantastic. It's easy to prepare and great on a cold winter day.

ESmith6's Review

March 28, 2012
Loved this! Subbed spinach for the arugula but otherwise made as written. The combo of the blue cheese and fig jam was delicious. Will definitely be making this again.

Debbie17's Review

November 03, 2010
This was great! Cooked in George Forman grilll. Subbed goat cheese for blue cheese and spinach for greens.

pshouston's Review

January 16, 2010
Love this flavor combination with the fig and blue cheese. Made the recipe as written except we used homemade crushed fig preserves - not light - but it was good!

jsnoblit's Review

June 04, 2010
I love paninis.

daneanp's Review

February 28, 2015
DH and I loved these. DD did NOT like the blue cheese (actually we used gorgonzola). I grilled the chicken on our Traeger grill and then assembled the sandwiches on our panini press. Quick, easy, and delicious, especially with a full-bodied chardonnay. The fig and cheese combo was a great compliment.