Chicken-Cheddar Panini with Artichokes & Apples

Lunch / Dinner

Chicken-Cheddar Panini with Artichokes & Apples

This super-easy panini sandwich recipe only has six ingredients but offers loads of flavor from garlic focaccia, marinated artichoke hearts, sharp cheddar, and apple.


4 servings

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Test Kitchen Tip

Using an airy type of bread ensures the sandwich won’t be too bread heavy.


Halve foccacia horizontally.

Brush cut sides of bread with reserved artichoke marinade.

Layer ¾ cup Cheddar on bottom half of bread (cut side up); top with chicken, artichokes, peppers, apple slices, remaining 3/4 cup Cheddar, and top half of focaccia (cut side down).

Preheat a cast-iron grill pan over medium.

Place panini on grill pan; set a cast-iron skillet on top and grill 3 minutes. Remove skillet, turn panini 45-degrees to cross-hatch sandwich; replace skillet and grill panini until cheese starts to melt, about 3 minutes more. Carefully flip sandwich, repeat cross-hatch procedure on other side.

Transfer panini to a cutting board; let rest 3 minutes before cutting into quarters.


To help crisp the panini, weigh it down with a cast-iron skillet. Add a sheet of parchment between the bread and the skillet if the bottom of your skillet isn’t pristine.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 615

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 30g 46%

Saturated Fat 9g 45%

Cholesterol 76mg 25%

Sodium 1277mg 53%

Carbs 54g 18%

Protein 32g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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