Since I found Kathy’s Panini Happy blog, I’ve been dying to have panini. The problem I have with making sandwiches for dinner is that it usually makes Grumpy…….well, grumpy. He say’s he has sandwiches for lunch, he doesn’t need sandwiches for dinner. Well, most of you all know me by now – it doesn’t always matter what Grumpy wants, sometimes it matters what HoneyB wants! So, this evening I decided I was making the Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Panini I found on Kathy’s blog.

Chris came in the house as the chicken was simmering and kept saying it smelled so good – at least he was excited about dinner! Grumpy asked me what I was making and when I told him, he was a good boy and kept his mouth shut. I think he knew better.

I modified Kathy’s recipe a little. I will put my modifications in red:

Superbowl Buffalo Chicken Panini
adapted from Panini Happy

1-1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced into 1/2″ strips
12-oz. bottle of Buffalo wing sauce (i.e., Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce) (I “winged it here, I added enough sauce to cover the chicken)
1 large red onion, sliced into thin rings (I sauteed in 1 tablespoon butter) 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (I didn’t use this but next time I probably will)
4-6″ pita breads (I used 4 cibatta rolls instead)
1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
about 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Add chicken and Buffalo wing sauce (and 1 tablespoon butter) to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through well.
While the chicken is simmering, heat butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Saute onions for 13 minutes until soft. Stir in sugar and saute for another 10 minutes or until onions are caramelized. Set aside.
Preheat the panini griddle.
Since I used cibatta bread instead, I will tell you from this point on how I assembled my sandwiches. I assembled 2 at a time – I sprayed the bottom of the bread with butter spray and sat it on the grill. I then layered as follows:

1/4 of the onions
blue cheese (I used a generous amount, probably more than the recipe called for)
um, I didn’t realize a couple pics were fuzzy until it was too late!

chicken – and since I had cibatta bread which has a lot of holes in it, I decided to spoon some of the sauce over the chicken, cheese, and onions for more buffalo flavor.

Top with mozzarella cheese, place top of bun on sandwich, spray with butter spray and close press. Grill for 5 minutes until cheese is melted and pita is toasted. Serve hot.

And for good measure – a photo of the sandwich cut…

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. PaniniKathy August 1, 2008 at 6:12 am - Reply

    It looks great, HoneyB – so glad you gave the recipe a try and liked it!! Here’s hoping Grumpy will want to have sandwiches for dinner more often 🙂

  2. Barbara Bakes August 1, 2008 at 7:40 am - Reply

    This sandwich looks so tasty, I’m going to have to buy a sandwich press!

  3. RecipeGirl August 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Yummmm! I so want to get a panini maker.

    Your site is looking great btw. I love the new look!

  4. Jenny August 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    All I can say is YUMMMM! This would be the perfect lunch today! Great post girl!

  5. noble pig August 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Sorry grumpy but these would make me smile from ear to ear!

  6. kittie August 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    wow – this is one heck of a sarnie!!

    And that panini blog is going to be tempting me down the bready route for weeks to come 😉

  7. Megan August 1, 2008 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I love paninis and this looks like a winner!

  8. Clumbsy Cookie August 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    This looks so so delicious!!!!!!!!!

  9. Carrie August 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Looks good! The bf has an old panini press somewhere…I’ve never used it…perhaps I should dig it out and give it a go!

  10. Lo August 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    This looks delish.

    At our house, DH is the one who could eat a sandwich ANYTIME… and I’m the one pointing out the fact that we need variety in our diets! 🙂

  11. Tom Aarons August 2, 2008 at 1:16 am - Reply

    This looks thoroughly delicious. I think I might go and try it for breakfast. 🙂

  12. Stephanie August 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Wow, that looks so yummy!

  13. averagebetty August 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Something tells me a man would drop to his knees and propose marriage after being served this… C’mon!

  14. Antonio Tahhan August 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    these look deeeeeelicious!! you know how much I love paninis : )
    I haven’t had some in a while though… now I’m craving some.
    ps. how are those blueberries coming along?

  15. Jude August 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Love the grill marks on it. Looks delicious.

  16. Kevin August 3, 2008 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    That is what I call a sandwich!

  17. Kristen August 4, 2008 at 4:10 am - Reply

    I’d have sandwiches like this everyday if they were like this. Yum! I love Kathy’s blog.

  18. Haley August 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    We would like to feature this recipe on our blog. Please email if interested. Thanks 🙂


  19. Elle August 6, 2008 at 4:29 am - Reply

    I know I need to try these! Who doesn’t love a good panini? And buffalo chicken–even better! My husband will love these.

  20. Passionate About Baking August 6, 2008 at 7:40 am - Reply

    This is just YUMMY all the way! I could do with this right NOW…just looking at it makes me hungry, & I've just had lunch!

  21. Sharon August 6, 2008 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I can eat sandwiches and paninis all day but hubby is the same way – he eats them for lunch! I’m sure if I made this for dinner he’d be convinced otherwise.

  22. Aggie August 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    This looks and sounds great! I love Buffalo Chicken so to make it into a panini is perfect!

    I think I’ve been here before…but came across you again today on Leftover Queen! Great blog!

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