Nordstrom Santa Fe Chicken Panini

Nordstrom Santa Fe Chicken Panini copycat sandwich recipe

This is the famous Nordstrom Santa Fe Chicken Panini! I shared their viral Roma tomato basil soup last week and got lots of requests to recreate this sandwich. This is my copycat version that turned out so flavorful and delicious!

Here’s a video of how I made my Nordstrom Santa Fe Chicken Panini! For another delicious and comforting dish, check out this Nordstrom Roma Tomato Basil Soup recipe.

What You'll Need:

Servings: 2 Sandwiches

+ 4 slices Italian loaf or bread of choice

+ 6 slices monterey jack cheese

+ 2 tbsp. EVOO

+ 1 red bell pepper, diced

+ 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

+ 1 avocado, sliced

+ (Softened Unsalted Butter for pan searing)

For the chicken:
+ 2 chicken breast

+ 2 tbsp. Avocado oil

+ 1 tbsp. Butter

+ ½ tsp. Salt

+ ¼ tsp. Black pepper

+ 2 tsp. Smoked paprika

+ ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper

+ ¼ tsp. Cumin

+ 1 tsp. Onion powder

For the Aioli:
+ 1/2 cup Mayo

+ 1 ½ tsp. Chili powder

+ ½ tsp. Chipotle

+ ½ tsp. Garlic powder

+ ⅛ tsp. Cayenne

+ 2 tsp. Lemon juice

+ Salt & pepper to taste


In a small bowl, combine spices. Pat chicken completely dry and coat with 1 tbsp. Avocado oil. Season with spice mixture making sure it’s evenly coated. Heat avocado oil over medium high heat. Place chicken into a skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes without moving. Flip chicken, add 1 tbsp. Butter into skillet, and cook for another 5-7 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from heat and let rest while preparing the sandwich.

In a separate skillet, add 2 tbsp. Olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent and tender – about 10 minutes. Then add peppers and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until softened and onions are golden. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine all aioli ingredients.

To assemble, layer bread, aioli, chicken, onion bell pepper mix, cheese, avocado, and the second piece of bread with aioli. Butter the outsides of the sandwich. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Use a spatula and separate plate to flip if needed. Serve with Nana’s Viral Crunchy Lemon Parmesan Salad and enjoy!

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