Easy Air Fryer Chicken Panini

Panini, also known as Panino, is a form of sandwich made with grilling or toasting Italian bread. This can be made using ciabatta, baguette or panini breads which are now easily available at super markets.

This recipe for Air Fryer Chicken Panini calls for some frozen salt and chilli chicken which were kindly sent to me by Diggers Foods UK. I’ve air fried these chicken fingers, grabbed a handful of ingredients and sauces available at home and prepped up this delicious Panini for my Sunday Brunch.

The best part about this recipe is you can add anything and everything you like, more the merrier!! There are no measurements for any ingredients, one can add veggies and sauces of their choice and this Air Fryer Chicken Panini is ready in less than 15 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Panini

Air Fryer Chicken Panini Recipe

Basic Information

Cooking Level: Beginner/ Easy
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2


  • Panini bread
  • Frozen chicken fingers

Ingredients for the Filling

  • Handful of salad leaves
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • Canned sweetcorn
  • Sliced onion
  • Garlic mayonnaise
  • Honey mustard sauce
  • Harissa chilli dressing
  • Butter
  • Grated cheese

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  • Air Fry the chicken fingers in a pre-heated air fryer at 180°C (356°F) for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully slice your panini bread to add the filling ensuring the opposite end is not cut through.
  • Layer it with cheese slices, salad leaves, sweet corn, air fried chicken fingers, sliced onion, mayo, honey mustard sauce and Harissa dressing.
  • Grill this in a grilled sandwich maker for 5 minutes.
  • Air Fryer Chicken Panini is ready!! Brush it with butter and add some grated cheese. Serve hot with some chips or chicken fingers and enjoy!!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What makes a sandwich a panini?

A panini is a type of sandwich that is made by grilling or pressing the sandwich in a grill toaster or panini toaster which creates distinctive grill marks on the bread with a crispy exterior. Panini sandwich is usually made with Italian bread, such as ciabatta or baguette, and is often filled with a combination of ingredients such as deli meats, cheese, vegetables, and condiments.

What’s the difference between a sandwich and a panini? 

A panini is a specific type of sandwich that is made using a grill or press. It involves grilling or pressing the assembled sandwich between two hot surfaces, which results in distinct grill marks on the bread and a toasted texture. Specific breads like ciabatta or baguette are often used to prepare panini sandwich.
While a sandwich refers to a broader category of food consisting of ingredients placed between two slices of bread which can be served either hot or cold.

What type of bread is used for panini?

I have used Panini bread that’s easily available at grocery stores or bakeries. Panini breads are typically a flatter, denser,sturdier and have a firm texture which can hold up well to grilling or pressing.
Other popular bread choices include ciabatta, baguette or focaccia to make panini sandwiches.

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