Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Grilled Rosemary-Chicken Panini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes is a delicious solution to the busy weeknight dinner dilemma. This excellent sandwich is loaded with fresh flavor and is guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 teaspoons olive oil, rosemary, and chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 4 teaspoons oil to pan. Add sun-dried tomato, red pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute or until garlic begins to brown. Add spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach barely wilts. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt; set aside.

Step 3

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Cook chicken 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep pan on medium-high heat.

Step 4

Top each of 4 bread slices with 1 tablespoon cheese, 1 chicken cutlet, one quarter of spinach mixture, 1 additional tablespoon cheese, and remaining 4 bread slices.

Step 5

Recoat grill pan with cooking spray. Arrange 2 sandwiches in pan. Place a cast-iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten. Cook 4 minutes on each side (leave skillet on sandwiches while they cook). Repeat procedure with remaining 2 sandwiches. Cut each sandwich in half; serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

csquid361's Review

August 20, 2014
I made these for my husband last night. He does all the cooking in our house but I like to make dinner for him once in a while too. We both loved this sandwich and I agree with another poster that it tasted much unhealthier than it actually is! I cooked the chicken on our George Foreman grill and used our panini press (for the first time) to grill the sandwiches. I used ciabatta bread and dried rosemary since I couldn't find it fresh in either of the 2 stores I went to. Super fast and easy. I served them with sweet potato fries and a salad. Now my husband wants us to have paninis every week!

slappysquirrel's Review

June 01, 2013
Very tasty. I used ciabatta to cut down on the carbs from bread. More oil than I would have liked but the next time I make these I'll use less.

paboking's Review

April 09, 2012

ChefLeesher's Review

March 25, 2012
This was just ok for me. I think the chicken was lacking acid- lemon or balsamic maybe? At 1st I thought it was WAY too much garlic but once I tried it I understood it needed it. I would have also prefered the spinach uncooked with more crunch.

steponme's Review

March 20, 2012
This was a good sandwich, it did not knock my socks off, but I'd make it again. I think the sun-dried tomatoes are what stand out and make the sandwich.

bjane1's Review

February 23, 2012
In unison, my husband and I both said "WOW!" with our first bite. The sun dried tomatoes and garlic made these amazing. I now may consider buying a panini pan! I folllowed the suggestion from another reader and served with sweet potato fries....perfect.

Beccaroo73's Review

February 20, 2012
We loved this--tasted much unhealthier than it actually is! We don't have a panini press--just used a skillet, and they still turned out great.

amyrwc's Review

January 25, 2012

svranizan's Review

January 18, 2012
Easy to make, and a great hearty meal. I also used a panini press and cooked the chicken cutlets on a George Foreman grill, as I don't have a grill pan. Served with a side salad - makes an easy weeknight meal.

stormydogblue's Review

January 18, 2012
This was excellent!! I followed the recipe exactly. My whole family loved it including the 4 kids. I also made mine in a panini press, and the kids said I should open a panini restaurant! Ha ha.