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Simple Lemon Chicken Recipe for a Toasted Sandwich / Panini

A simple lemon chicken recipe for using in a toasted sandwich or panini is a lovely, light and zingy taste.   The mix also qualifies under quick chicken recipes, and can be sued with rice, potatoes, nan bread or polento to mix up the meal a little.

Lemon Chicken Toasted Panini Style Sandwich

Lesley Smith
Quick and easy, we use toasted chicken panini recipes for sandwiches when I'm in a hurry and don't have enough time to make a full meal.
Servings 4 - 8 depending on how much filling is used


  • 500 g chicken fillets / breasts
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons caramelised onions
  • 2 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 100 g lettuce
  • salt to taste
  • rapeseed oil to cook chicken


  • I use a heavy and very large cast iron saute pan for cooking frying pan style. If you only have a small frying pan, it might be easier to cook the caramelised onions and chicken separately. Add rapeseed oil to your pan. I add the full sized pieces of chicken and cook both sides for a few minutes before taking them out of the pan and cutting them into smaller pieces.
  • When the chicken is cooked through, add the mango chutney, black peppercorns and caramelised onions. Allow the mix to cook slowly for five minutes, turning frequently to stop it burning.
  • While the mix is cooking, squeeze the lemon and add the juice to the pan.
  • Prepare the bread for the filling by buttering one side if you spreads (I have a Kenwood panini maker which gets used for lots of different things, but doesn’t need butter on the outside of the bread in the way that some sandwich makers do).
  • Top the bread with sandwich filling and simply add the second slice of bread.
  • Toast in the panini maker for a few minutes until ready. (you might use a sandwich maker or simply put it under the grill, but grilling will mean you need to turn it over half way through).
  • Garnish and serve.