Have you been seeing video after video of amazing restaurant quality sandwiches while scrolling through your instagram? Do you get immeditately disappointed after coming face to face with the realization that there is no way you will ever be able to replicate that perfectly golden bread? Not to mention the gooey melted cheese and quantity of sauce it would need to make it feel like the real deal. Well, that’s where I’ve got you covered. Try this Easy Vegan Chicken Pesto Panini for an easy 20 minute lunch recipe!
Air fried chicken cutlets and homemade vegan pesto layered on a bed of sourdough, vegan cheese and red onion make for the perfect lunch panini.
What is a vegan chicken pesto panini?
What ingredients are in a vegan chicken pesto panini?
For this easy homemade recipe, I recommend using nothing but fresh ingredients for best results. Head to your local bakery for your favourite focaccia, ciabatta or baguette. Sourdough has always been my bread of choice. If you don’t grow your own herbs, head to the store to pick up some fresh basil, garlic, and red onion or shallots. And See the below list of ingredients for the chicken pesto panini recipe and my top recommendations to make this the panini sandwich:
Ingredients for the panini:
- slices of vegan fresh mozzarella cheese or provolone cheese (I used Gusta and Daiya)
- extra firm tofu
- veggies (tomato, spinach, arugula)
- Optional: lightly salted chips for extra crunch
- Fresh sourdough
- vegan butter or olive oil for cooking
- panini press
How to make an easy vegan chicken pesto panini?
Steps to make the sandwich:
The steps to this plant based sandwich recipe are quick and easy. Follow these simple instructions to make a hearty sandwich in the comfort of your own home.
First things first, you need to make the flavourful party of this recipe! I like to use simple ingredients to make the fresh basil pesto sauce. Not only that, but making it vegan is very easy! Simply combine the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the ideal consistency.
In a small bowl, toss the cutlets of tofu in a mixture of breadcrumbs and flour before baking to replace the typical chicken breasts. With a quick 10 minutes in the air fryer, you will have perfectly crunchy exterior. If baking instead, douse the tofu chunks in cooking spray or vegetable oil for best results.
Now the fun part! Begin to layer the vegan cheese slices, protein, vegan pesto and vegetables before pressing in the panini. In less than five minutes you have the perfect weekday lunch idea.
FAQ about vegan chicken pesto panini recipes
How Many calories in a chicken pesto panini?
I recommend using MyFitnessPal for accurate information regarding fiber, carbohydrates, salt(sodium), potassium etc.
What kind of bread should I use for panini’s?
I recommend a firm loaf of bread that will withstand the press of the hot panini without breaking such as sourdough or a ciabatta bun.
Should you spray your panini press?
Yes! I like to spray the press with cooking oil or vegan butter before cooking for a golden brown sandwich with flavor.
What goes with pesto chicken?
I recommend sides like soups or salads to go with a panini sandwich. Try this herb meatball and dumpling soup recipe or this vegan chicken pretzel crunch salad for a deliciously filling flavor pairing.