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Chicken Arugula Provolone Panini with Chipotle

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There’s only one word to describe this hot grilled chicken panini with arugula, melted provolone and chipotle mayonnaise… dee-licious! Perfect for when you have leftover grilled chicken cutlets.

Chicken Arugula Provolone Panini with Chipotle

Some of my other favorite quick sandwich recipes are Chicken Club Lettuce Wrap, Roast Beef Sandwich with Melted Swiss and Caramelized Onions, Lighter Shrimp Parmigiana Hero, and Asparagus Prosciutto Panini with Garlic Mayo.

I’m in love with the flavor combination of this grilled chicken panini made on Ciabatta bread. Made with melted provolone, arugula and a spicy chipotle mayonnaise.

This sandwich is perfect for lunch or dinner. You can easily prepare this for one or a family of eight!

A panini press is on my Christmas list this year. But not having one has never stopped me from making paninis before. I lightly spray the bread with oil and use my George Forman grill and it’s ready in minutes. You could even use a grill pan on the stove and place an iron skillet on top to press it down.

And if you are new to my site, don’t forget my tip on how to make a bigger sandwich for less calories!

There's only one word to describe this hot grilled chicken panini with arugula, melted provolone and chipotle mayonnaise... dee-licious!

There's only one word to describe this hot grilled chicken panini with arugula, melted provolone and chipotle mayonnaise... dee-licious!

Chicken Arugula Provolone Panini with Chipotle Mayo

There's only one word to describe this hot grilled chicken panini with arugula, melted provolone and chipotle mayonnaise... dee-licious! Perfect for when you have leftover grilled chicken cutlets.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
There's only one word to describe this hot grilled chicken panini with arugula, melted provolone and chipotle mayonnaise... dee-licious!
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
Serving Size: 1 panini


  • 1 tbsp Hellman's light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp chipotle in adobo sauce, or to taste
  • 3 oz ciabatta, sliced open
  • 2 oz grilled chicken
  • 1 slice Sargento reduced fat provolone
  • 0.5 oz about 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • Smart Balance cooking spray


  • Combine mayonnaise and chipotle pepper sauce in a small bowl.
  • You can use any hot sauce, sriracha or chipotle tabasco would also work; season to your taste.
  • Spread the spicy mayonnaise inside the ciabatta.
  • Lay the provolone cheese, grilled chicken and arugula in the bread; close and lightly spray the top with cooking spray.
  • Place on a panini press and close until the cheese melts and the bread is toasted.
  • Cut in half and eat immediately.

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Serving: 1 panini, Calories: 345 kcal, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Protein: 24.4 g, Fat: 9.8 g, Saturated Fat: 0.7 g, Cholesterol: 28.8 mg, Sodium: 663.2 mg, Fiber: 0.3 g, Sugar: 0.4 g


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72 comments on “Chicken Arugula Provolone Panini with Chipotle”

  1. Love your site!! You have a link on this recipe for “how to make a bigger sandwich for less calories” but I can’t open it! Any insight would be great! Making this tonight.

  2. Should I use the canned whole peppers in adobo sauce or find a chipotle sauce? If I use the can of peppers- do you add the peppers to the mayo, or just the sauce from the can?!

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  6. Hi Gina 
    excited to make this tonight for supper , couldn’t find the chipotle sauce, so bought siracha,, not a huge spicy person but don’t mind a bit of a kick,  would 1 tsp be a good substitute or less, ? never used sirachha before either.
    tnx sue

    1. and, do you just grill the breast on the bbq seasoned with any spices or plain? and when you grill, do you cut the raw breast in half then grill so its thin?  scared its gonna dry out with my luck on the Q

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    Jessica Gilbrech

    Just made this tonight and it is AMAZING!!! I'm not a fan of arugula so I used baby spinach instead and added roasted red peppers on whole wheat ciabatta. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the awesome recipe. I'm makeing your 3 bean turkey chilli this weekend, can't wait!

    1. That is EXACTLY what I did (the roasted red peppers are a must!) and I swear, if I got this at a restaurant I would eat there all the time! Amazing!

  8. I made this today with my new panini press, and it was delicious. My daughter said after her first bite, "we should have this every night for dinner," followed by "it tastes too good to be 'skinny'". (Of course, I did use full fat provolone cheese, bringing it up to 418 calories.)

  9. loved it! didnt want to open a whole can of adobo though, so i mixed chipotle chili powder, garlic and cumin into the mayo. turned out great.

  10. Thanks for doing all the work figuring out nutrition information! You are a diet-saver:) Are the calculations for this done with your "bread" technique?

  11. Made this today and was delicious! Even my 2 year old liked it. Better than a panini in a restaurant. Thanks for the recipe! ( and thank you to my husband for the panini press) if you don't own one its a must 🙂

  12. Had this for dinner tonight along with the tomato bisque. Delicious! Love the little bit of heat from the chipotle in adobo sauce. Will be making again!

  13. I made this for dinner tonight, DEEEElicious! The market didn't have ciabatta so I used Multi-Grain Sandwich thins and the sriracha. Yum, yum!!!! Thank you for the recipe : )

  14. Again another yummy recipe. I found your blog last week and loved the recipes and that you include the WW points. My goal this week is no to eat out and with your recipes I am doing it!! Thank you Gina!!

  15. MAde this today. Very good! I used siracha instead of the chipotles just because I had it. Still turned out great!

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    Elaine Dieball

    I have only been fixing your recipes since we made some major diet changes over the past three weeks! And we love it all! Making the mayo now, but substituted light sour cream for the mayo, which brings the calorie count down considerably from the "full strength" mayo I have. Tastes great with a splash of tapatio to brighten it a bit.

  17. We love this sandwich and eat eat about once a week! It's perfect for our leftover chicken breasts. We don't add the mayo though since we both dislike it. Do you know what the calories, points, and other nutritional info would be without adding the chipotle mayo? Thanks!!

  18. Ohhhh my goodness. This was probably one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. I used chipotle Tabasco to mix with the mayo, and added red onion and roasted red pepper for some extra color and flavor. I cooked it on my George Foreman, and it came out amazing! I will definitely be adding this into my regular rotation of meals.

  19. This was a fantastic recipe! Used some liquid from canned chipotle chilis to make the mayo. Excellent! Thank you!

  20. This was fantastic, and SO easy – it was perfect for a quick after work meal and my husband absolutely LOVED it! I think for myself I would like to swap out the mayo/chipolte for a ranch peppercorn, but not the hubby – he loved it as is, and I thought it was great too! I don't have a panini maker so I just stuck a really heavy pan on top of the sandwich on my grill pan and flipped as needed!

  21. Gina, we love this but do not use the Mayo because of personal preference. Do you know what the points are without the mayonnaise? Thanks.

  22. This was sooooooooooo good. I made it with sriracha instead of chipotle and it was great. I'm addicted!

  23. I made this last night for dinner. It was very good. We put the sauce on both sides of the bread and it was awesome. I will be making this again.

  24. I made this tonight and LOVED it. I subbed cheddar for the provolone because I already had it on-hand…and I added a few tiny slivers of red onion. PERFECTION! Thank you!

  25. This was as good as something you'd buy in a restaurant, the grill marks and the oozing cheese looked so fancy!! I've never used it before but the arugula was my favorite part! Instead of the chipotle mayo I went with a pesto sauce and added some red onion…SO delicious!

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    Amy in Austin

    I need some help with this adobo sauce! I've come across it in other recipes of yours but haven't found it at the store. Neither the ethnic aisle or salsa/sauces aisle. I've had various workers at the store hunting for it. I live in Texas so you'd think it would be easy to find. Will you post a pic for us so we know what we are looking for? I love this site Gina. Thanks for everything.

    1. In Oregon, it is in a small can usually next to the enchilada sauces in the Mexican food section. When I buy it, it is whole chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce. Really delicious!

  27. I made the sandwich tonight for myself and my husband and we both absolutely LOVED it!! Definitely will be making it again and the George Forman worked perfectly. Thanks Gina!

  28. made this tonight with the new panini press I received for christmas! Delicious!!!! My husband said it was better than Panera. Great recipes Gina…thank you

  29. Oh my goodness! I just made this (with a few minor changes) and this was absolutely fabulous!! I didn't have arugula (not sure I even like it) so I subbed it for some spring mix lettuce and sliced red onions. Made the rest exactly as described. It was delicious!! I consider myself a picky eater, but love a great panini – especially those at Panera Bread and this reminded me of something I would purchase there. I am going to have it again tomorrow for lunch with tomato added. Oh, and I got the ciabatta in rolls at Walmart. I used my kitchen scale to weigh everything and the rolls are exactly 3 oz. They are found in their bakery section. Thank you for such a simple and great recipe!!!! This one is a keeper!

  30. What a great panini!! Thanks for the recipe. I use my Black & Decker waffle iron w/ reversible plates to make paninis.

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    This looks great! I am not the biggest fan of mayo, so I have substituted Greek yogurt for chipotle dip in the past. I can't wait to try thus!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Matsgran, I would have to make it first. If it works out, sure!

    Jackie, yum steak sandwich!! Now I'm getting hungry!

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    I am such a sandwich person! I need to make this for dinner tonight!! Your sandwich looks out of this world!

  34. This looks so so delicious! I made your steak sandwich with mushrooms and onions and it was so so good! Love your recipes! Thanks for sharing! xx

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    Jessica Washburn

    I really need to spend more time here because my taste buds are needing something different. This all looks so delicious. 🙂 Jessica

  36. Sarah Thank you for the bread recipe, I will be doing this soon. Gina would it be possible for you to add it to your recipe list so it is searchable on your search engine? I would love to be able to find this bread recipe easily!

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    Elly McCausland

    I've just discovered your blog and love it! This in particular looks mouthwateringly good. I only tried chipotle for the first time very recently and haven't managed to experiment with it yet, but I LOVE the idea of mixing it with mayo in this panini. Yum!

  38. 2 packages active dry yeast
    1 ½ C very warm water
    3- 3 ¼ C flour
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp sugar
    1 T olive oil

    Makes: 2 loaves, 16 slices each 1 slice = 1 point +

    1. Stir yeast in warm water in small bowl & let stand 5 min. Meanwhile, mix 3 C flour, salt & sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir yeast mixture into flour mixture, stir in oil. If you have a mixer with a hook attachment, you can knead in mixer for 5-7 min. Otherwise, knead on flour surface 5-10 min until dough is smooth & springy (dough will be slightly sticky)

    2. Place dough in a greased & floured large bowl. Cover & let rise in warm place about 40 min, or until doubled.

    3. Push fist into dough to deflate. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half, & shape each half into a ball. Cover and let rise on surface about 40 min, or until doubled.

    4. Spray & lightly flour 2 cookie sheets. Stretch each ball of dough into an 18×6 in rectangle by pulling the edges away from each other. Place on cookie sheet, gently flatten with fingers until about 1 in think. Cover and let rise 30 min, or until doubled.

    5. Heat oven to 375. Dust loaves lightly with flour. Bake 35-40 min, or until golden (sound hallow when tapped)..

    Here you go Jess,

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Beth, so do I! And because they are warm, they make a great dinner.

    Balsamic mayo sounds divine!

  40. This sounds so good. I've also done this with a balsamic mayo (light mayo mixed with balsamic vinegar) and it is really delicious.

  41. Oh my, this looks fabulous. Incredibly decicious. I never thought of grilling a panini the way you described with the two pans. One more for my to-do Christmas break cooking list. Lunch time just got more exciting!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Anything with the word panini is good with me! I'm lazy so I'd probably Kraft's chipotle mayo but this would be awesome for the Mr's lunch! Yum!

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    Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy

    That bread looks delicious! This would be a graet sandwich to take to the office!

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    Sarah Montagna

    I would use less Chicken and app for less points and maybe put roasted red peppers in it too….needs some red color to balance the meal. I love to color code meals… 🙂

  45. I love panini's! It's a go to meal when I can't get any other ideas for dinner-On a pretty plate with a side salad or dish, just perfect and always makes the family happy. Chipotle mayo sounds yum too!

  46. This looks really tasty! I wish I had the ingredients in my pantry to make today!! 🙁 Adding it to my "recipes to try"…

  47. This looks awesome. A must try for sure.
    I really enjoy your blog. I just started one of my own. Would love for you to follow.

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    nicole {sweet peony}

    mmm i love hot paninis! this one sounds really good & easy! thanks for sharing, gina 🙂