Copycat Panera Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt

Copycat Panera Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt


  • 4 to 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (as much or as little as you’d like), minced
  • black pepper focaccia (or substitute) enough for two sandwiches
  • 4 slices smoked gouda
  • about a cup of cooked, shredded chicken (smoked pulled chicken if you have it)
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 2 to 3 peppadew peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or parsley



Mix together the mayonnaise and chipotle pepper (add the chipotle to taste.) Set aside.

Slice the focaccia, slather the inside portion of each slice with the chipotle mayo mixture. Add a slice of gouda on top of the mayo mixture on each slice. Layer on the remaining ingredients.

Close sandwich and add to a skillet preheated over medium heat. Allow to toast enough to pick up just a little color, then tilt the skillet and add about 2 tablespoons water. Immediately lid and allow the water to boil off and steam. Remove the lid when water has evaporated. When the bottom of the sandwich is dry and toasty, turn the sandwich and allow the second side to toast.

Remove from skillet, cut in half and serve immediately.

Keywords: Avocado, Cheese, Chicken, Chicken Breast, Chipotle, Gouda, Hot Peppers, panera, peppadew, Sandwiches

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