Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Jessi Leigh

For all its simplicity, this panini is really something yummy... and a little spicy! And if you don’t have a panini maker, don’t fret! Just grill the sandwich in the skillet with a second (heavy) skillet on top of it to press it together. It’ll make you feel inventive and nifty.

Top Review by andrea.hubin

I made this tonight for my husband's family (10 people) and it was a HUGE hit! The blackening seasoning was excellent. My brother-in-laws were stealing pieces of the chicken before I even assembled the sandwiches. I used whole wheat sandwich bread and pre-toasted it in the toaster on the lowest setting to get it "crusty." Then I layered shredded mozzarella cheese, chicken, red pepper, tomato, bacon and spicy ranch. I didn't have a panini maker, so I used a George Foreman grill. YUM!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, red pepper, and the blackening seasoning.
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and cook the chicken breasts until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Slice into strips or shred, and set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, spread a generous amount of mustard on one half of the bread. Spread a generous amount of ranch dressing on the other half. (Definitely be generous; when the sandwich cooks, these will turn into more of a "sauce.").
  5. Arrange chicken, bacon slices, and cheese slices on the bottom half. Top with the top slice. Butter both sides of the bread generously, then grill in the panini maker. (If you do not have a panini maker, you can grill the sandwiches in a skillet, laying a heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to press it together. Turn to grill the other side in the same way.).
  6. Slice in half and gobble it down immediately.

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