Chicken, Brie, Fig & Arugula Panini

It wasn’t quite the family bonding experience I usually look forward to. Ten days of the flu…our entire household. There is a very good reason they give shots for this (and, yes, we had ours) – it’s no fun at all if you get it. I can’t remember if I’d ever had the flu before this bout, but if I did I definitely didn’t have two little kids to take care of who were also harboring the flu (miraculously exhibiting 1000x more wall-bouncing energy than I could muster). We didn’t leave the house except for doctor visits, the fridge emptied and the laundry piled up. Although I can’t exactly say it was a “fun” time, at some level I did kind of enjoy being home and having my little family all together as we tried to rest up and get well.

I’m so glad to get back to blogging! I hope you’ll enjoy these Chicken, Brie, Fig and Arugula Panini as much as my husband and I did. You may recognize many of the fixins from the Panini Party – carved rotisserie chicken, sliced Brie, sweet fig jam and a handful of fresh peppery arugula grilled on a baguette. I used to never include delicate greens like arugula in my panini, out of concern that they’d wilt, but these days I’ve come around a bit on that. I love the flavor and the color that the leaves add, so you just might start to see a lot more arugula, baby spinach and watercress on Panini Happy!

Chicken, Brie, Fig and Arugula Panini


Chicken, Brie, Fig and Arugula Panini

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 panini


  • 1 baguette, divided into 4 portions
  • 1/3 cup fig jam
  • 1/2 pound carved or sliced chicken breast
  • 1/2 pound Brie, sliced
  • 1/2 cup arugula


  1. Heat the panini maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  2. For each sandwich: Slice off the dome of the baguette to create a flat grilling surface. Divide the baguette in half lengthwise to create top and bottom halves. Spread a few tablespoons of fig jam inside each baguette half. On one side, layer a few slices of Brie, a small handful of arugula and a few slices of chicken. Close the sandwich with the other baguette half.
  3. Grill the panini until the cheese is melted and bread is toasted, 3 to 5 minutes.



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  1. Off to see if I have fig jam in the fridge! Love the combination of flavors here.

    Posted 3.6.12 Reply
  2. absolutely lovely!

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  3. Kalyn wrote:

    So glad you are feeling better. That does not sound like fun.

    Posted 3.6.12 Reply
  4. I am LOVD wrote:

    I’m thinking this salty/sweet combo is a keeper in my book!

    Posted 3.7.12 Reply
  5. I’m sorry you’ve been so sick – no fun at all! This panini looks like a wonderful thing to come back to – Brie is one of my favorites and it works so beautifully with fig jam.

    Posted 3.7.12 Reply