This Frontega Chicken Panini Sandwich tastes like the one from Panera Bread! Made with a homemade chipotle mayo spread that’s spot on!


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I love recreating Restaurant copycats! So when combining Hellmann’s Organic spicy chipotle mayonnaise with sour cream it made for the chipotle mayo spread just like Panera bread’s! The sour cream really mellows out the chipotle mayo, creating a pleasantly creamy spread that is not too spicy and good enough to eat by the spoon! I highly recommend a nice homemade focaccia bread recipe  but Panera bread sell’s them too! Making these sandwiches from home will give you your money’s worth and they’re so DELICIOUS!

How to make Frontega Chicken Panini:

I made my instant pot shredded chicken for this batch of Frontega Chicken Paninis and made my Focaccia bread recipe in a sheet-pan.

Frontega Chicken Panini Sandwich Recipe {Panera Bread Copycat}

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This Frontega Chicken Panini Sandwich is spot on to the Panera Bread's version! It's one of the tastiest menu sandwiches and I even have a recipe for homemade Focaccia Bread if you want to make it all from scratch! 


Frontega Chicken Panini:

  • 22 oz cooked Chicken Breast (1.5 lbs of poached, grilled or fried)
  • 2 round focaccia loaves
  • 2 ripe tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 purple onion sliced
  • 8 slices Mozzerella cheese

Panera Bread's Copycat Chipotle Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup Hellmans Spicy Chipotle Mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


How to make Frontega Chicken Panini:

  • Whisk together the chipotle mayonnaise and sour cream and set aside. Prep all the ingredients.
  • Cut focaccia bread in half, crosswise. Spread a generous amount of the chipotle spread over each side. Top in the following order; chicken pieces, tomatoes, onion, fresh basil and cheese.
  • Grill whole on a panini press over hi heat until cheese melts. Cut each focaccia into 4 pieces and serve.


Note: Can make my focaccia bread recipe in a sheet pan rather than round loaves. My focaccia bread recipe makes three round loaves or one sheet pan. Half of a sheet pan portion will be enough for this recipe. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 590kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 39gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 864mgPotassium: 314mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 518IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 167mgIron: 1mg


What ingredients are in the Frontega Chicken Sandwich from Panera Bread?

  • cooked Chicken Breast
  • focaccia bread
  • tomatoes
  • purple onions
  • mozzerella cheese
  • chipotle Mayonnaise spread

What is Focaccia Bread?

Focaccia bread is a flat Italian bread similar to pizza dough. It’s recognized by small indents, that are usually found on the top of the bread. Some loaves come seasoned in herbs, which is just a flavor enhancer.

How do you make the orange sauce for the Frontega Chicken Panini Sandwich?

After joining Hellman’s Spicy Chipotle Mayo with sour cream I can boldly say it tastes like the real thing!


  1. Make homemade Focaccia bread using my sheet-pan method to get the ones seen!
  2. Pickled purple onions can be used instead!
  3. Best served fresh from the panini press!
  4. Make your own shredded chicken!

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