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Copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Sandwich

Panera Frontega Chicken Sandwich

This copycat Panera Frontega Chicken Sandwich is filled with smoky pulled chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes and more all on crunchy focaccia bread. I made this at home with fresh baked bread and fresh ingredients and it was even more delicious than the Panera version!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 807 kcal


  • 1/4 cup Duke's mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp chipotle pepper sauce
  • 1/2 loaf focaccia bread cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cooked chicken breast smoked, pulled
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella ball
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves


  • For chicken, you need to use cooked pulled chicken. Here are some ideas on how to cook the chicken: you can either smoke the chicken breast, air fry the chicken breast or even use leftover rotisserie chicken.
  • If needed, bake focaccia bread according to package directions. Top with olive oil, coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper before baking.
  • While bread is baking, mix together mayo & chipotle sauce and set aside in refrigerator
  • Once the bread is baked, cut 1/2 loaf into quarters. and use two slices for each sandwich.
  • Top each slice with chipotle sauce.
  • From there, layer on basil, chicken, slices of mozzarella, tomato and onion.
  • Smush the sandwich down a bit.
  • If you'd like to melt the cheese a little, you can pop it in the air fryer or a skillet for 2-3 minutes. (Air Fryer - 350 for 2-3 min, Skillet - medium heat 1-2 minutes per side)


For the focaccia bread, I used a Kroger focaccia dough from the refrigerated section and baked it. You can also use pre-made focaccia bread/buns. 
I recommend using smoked chicken - but you'll need to make that ahead of time. Make some for dinner one night and save the leftovers for this sandwich! 
If you don't want to smoke the chicken, you can always cook a chicken breast - I recommend the air fryer as it makes the juiciest chicken
You can also always use rotisserie chicken - if you want to make that at home - I have a recipe for air fryer whole chicken or crock pot whole chicken
You don't have to use the whole ball of mozzarella - I just love it and gave the leftover bits to my pups. 


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 807kcalCarbohydrates: 54.2gProtein: 47.9gFat: 42.4gSaturated Fat: 16.5gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 561mgPotassium: 229mgFiber: 3.6gSugar: 3.5gCalcium: 423mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken, copycat, panera, smoked
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