Loaded with grilled, marinated chicken, sauteed onions and peppers, and a handful of Monterey Jack cheese, this Chicken Fajita Panini is one delicious sandwich!
I love a good sandwich. No, check that. I love a great sandwich. As my wife will tell you, I’m always on the hunt for a delicious sandwich. Hoagies, subs, po’ boys, grinders…I’m not picky about the name. I just need it to be delicious! I suspect that my love of sandwiches probably contributes slightly to my love of baking rustic breads. It’s hard to beat a slice of perfectly chewy Italian bread…especially when it’s topped with a variety of Italian meats and cheeses! But I went a different direction today. We made a batch of delicious chicken fajitas recently. I started wondering what would happen if I turned those fajitas into a sandwich. It didn’t take long before these Chicken Fajita Paninis were invented! Loaded with grilled, marinated chicken and topped with a pile of sauteed onions and peppers and a handful of Monterey Jack cheese, this Chicken Fajita Panini claims a pretty high ranking on my list of favorite sandwiches!
The secret to making these Chicken Fajita Paninis taste so darned good is the marinade. The chicken gets marinated overnight in a flavorful and simple mixture that makes a world of difference when it comes to taste. (I know it looks like a lot of ingredients in the marinade, but it’s not that bad. It only takes about 10 minutes to make…and it’s so worth the time it takes. Trust me on this one!) This time, I chose to cook the chicken indoors using a grill pan, but this is a great recipe for the grill, too! The onions and peppers will still have to be sauteed indoors, but the chicken will taste even better off of a grill. In fact, you could get adventurous and grill the sandwiches once they’re assembled. (You might need to wrap each one in aluminum foil just to keep the insides from falling out on the grill, though. Full disclosure: I haven’t tried grilling the sandwiches outdoors yet, but I think I need to fix that problem soon!)
Need some more sandwich inspiration? Try this New Orleans-style Muffaletta or this Crazy Sriracha Grilled Cheese! What is your favorite sandwich? I’m always hunting for inspiration…be it a new combination or just an old favorite!