Kale Pesto Panini with Mozzarella & Chicken

Kale Pesto Panini www.redkitchenette.com

Making a pesto out of kale is one of my favorite ways to introduce this leafy green veggie to kids, especially toddlers and babies.  I like to make a big batch and use it throughout the week, adding it to pasta, roasted chicken or fish, or spread thinly onto sandwiches.  Adding a layer to a grilled cheese subtly challenges the tastebuds of little ones in a way that is familiar and easy – it also gives it a nice little nutritional boost.  Yummy and perfect for a cozy winter lunch, I hope you and your kids will enjoy this recipe as much as my girls do.


Kale Pesto Panini with Mozzarella & Chicken

Serves: Serves 2


  1. 4 pieces whole-grain bread

  2. 4 teaspoons kale pesto (for my kale pesto recipe, click here)

  3. 4 pieces sliced mozzarella

  4. 4 pieces smoked chicken breast deli meat


  1. Spread each side of bread with 1 teaspoon pesto. Top one slice with 1 peace of mozzarella, some chicken, and the second piece of mozzarella (you want the chicken in between the 2 pieces of cheese). Top with remaining slice of bread.

  2. Put in a panini press for 1 minute. If you don’t have a panini press, place in a dry nonstick skillet and press down with a spatula until it forms a "panini" and the cheese is melted and heated through.

  3. Cut into your favorite shape and serve.


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