Italian Chicken Sandwich


Start with store-bought flatbreads and marinara to make these Italian chicken paninis in less than 30 minutes.

Italian Chicken Sandwich
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
33 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 12 ounce skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • ¾ cup green sweet pepper strips (1 medium)

  • ¾ cup red sweet pepper strips (1 medium)

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced onion (1 medium)

  • cup light roasted red pepper-and-garlic-flavored pasta sauce

  • 4 rosemary-and-olive oil-flavored foldable flatbreads

  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped mild banana peppers

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil


  1. Season chicken with Italian seasoning. In a large nonstick skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or just until brown. Stir in green pepper, red pepper, and onions. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes more or until vegetables are just tender. Stir in pasta sauce; heat through.

  2. Spoon chicken mixture evenly onto one side of each flatbread. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, banana peppers, and basil. Fold flatbreads in half (sandwiches will be full).

  3. Preheat a covered indoor grill, panini press, grill pan, or large skillet. Place sandwiches, half at a time, in grill. Cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and cheese is melted. (If using a grill pan or skillet, place sandwiches on grill pan or skillet. Weight sandwiches down* and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until bread is toasted. Turn sandwiches over, weight them down, and cook about 2 minutes more or until toasted and cheese is melted.)


*Weight the sandwiches down by placing a heavy skillet on top of them; add a few unopened cans of food to the top skillet. (If you use a heavy cast iron skillet, you might not need to use the cans for weight.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 577mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 67.8mg 339%
Calcium 139mg 11%
Iron 2.8mg 16%
Potassium 396mg 8%
Folate, total 29.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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