Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

Since the day I started going to Panera yearsss ago, I have always gotten the same thing. Always. No matter what, I have never strayed. The Pick-Two, Frontega Chicken Panini and the Apple Chicken Fuji Salad. (This is a great copycat of that salad!)  Some may call me boring, mostly I just know what I like. I kinda do that at A LOT of local restaurants..once I find something that I love, I get the exact same thing every.single.time. Seriously, why mess with a good thing? If Im trying a new place, obviously Ill try a new dish, but at the local places, I get what I know I love!

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

I love this Panera Frontega Chicken Panini. Its so simple, yet so flavorful, and warm, gooey, melty, slightly spicy, a little bit creamy, crunchy on the outside. It is one of my all time favorite sandwiches. Ive been wanting to make it at home for awhile and I finally did. And Ill tell yah what, this comes pretty darn close to the Panera version. I think I like mine a little better, because I can stuff it with more yumminess!

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

This is such a fabulous panini. It makes a great lunch, or even a quick weeknight dinner. My hubby wanted to go back for another one if he wasn’t already so stuffed! He definitely approved! If you like the Panera version, you’ll love this! Now I want to go make one! Enjoy!

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 Sandwiches

Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

Ingredients

    For the Spread
  • 1/8 cup mayo
  • 1/8 cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, julienne
  • For the Sandwich
  • 2 Focaccia Rolls
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 Tomato
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the mayo and sour cream.
  2. Stir in the chipotle pepper and basil. Set it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. To assemble the panini, slice the focaccia rolls in half, and brush the insides with olive oil.
  4. Heat a grill pan on medium heat, and place on the rolls, cut side down until they turn a nice gold brown.
  5. Smear on the chipotle spread to both sides and assemble starting with the mozzarella cheese, chicken, onion, and lastly the tomato.
  6. Top with the bread, and place a heavy pan on top or push down hard with a spatula until the mozzarella cheese is melty and gooey!
  7. Serve and enjoy!

24 thoughts on “Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Panini

  1. Our Panera has a drive-thru. Do you know how dangerous that is?!?! This looks amazing!

  2. I love Panera and even more, I love copycat recipes. This sounds so good!

  3. These pictures are seriously ridiculous – I want one for lunch right now! I love Panera. Even with all the good sandwich places we have in nyc, I still think they do a bang up job and go there every time I’m visiting my family down south.

  4. The Frontega is one of my favorite things to get at Panera so this is totally going on my to-do list!

  5. This is one of my favorite sandwiches from Panera, too! I also am boring and order just about the same thing every time I go! Great job recreating the recipe!

  6. How do you cook your chicken? Do you shred it or cut it up?

  7. I love frontega chicken, but as far as my taste buds go, I feel comfortable to declare that they use smoked chicken and not just the regular one.

  8. I love this recipe. I did add a little mesquite liquid smoke to the mayo spread since I can’t source a smoked chicken here. Thanks sharing this recipe and great photos!!
    g.

  9. I cannot wait to try this recipe. The Frontega Chicken Sandwich is the only thing I order when I go to Panera Bread. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for this. I have a hankering for one today and can’t go out to Panera or out to get the chipotle in adobe…So I scoured around and used the mayo, sour cream, a smidge of smoked paprika, a dash of garlic powder and a dash of cumin. Pretty good!! But soon as this weather breaks I will be off to get the chipotle in adobe. But this little concoction I used is pretty tasty, too! TFS!

  11. I absolutely love this it is just as good or maybe better then the original. To cheat i did use an already made Rotisserie chicken from walmart and basil does not stay good for more then a day or 2 so i use the jar

  12. I stumbled across this recipe of yours a few weeks ago while looking for a frontega copycat…finally got around to making it tonight and my husband and I both LOVED it! Super quick and simple to put together. Thanks for posting!

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