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

4 1/2 stars

March 31, 2018
These are fantastic.  The only bummer is that the juices from cooking the chicken on the panini press bake into the pan while the sandwich is grilled (even though I wiped up as much as I could ahead) making clean up a bit of a drag.  Might just grill the chicken on our Traeger next time and then use the press for grilling the sandwich.

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.

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.

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.

amyrwc's Review

January 25, 2012

paboking's Review

April 09, 2012

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!

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.

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.