Smoky Chicken Melt Paninis

Treat your family to these hot sandwiches for a hearty lunch or casual supper. They can be on the table on 20 minutes.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
large slices sourdough bread (1/2 inch thick)
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
4
oz smoky Cheddar cheese, sliced
1 1/2
cups shredded cooked chicken
1/4
cup cooked real bacon bits (from 3-oz jar)
6
thin slices tomato
2
thin slices onion, separated into rings
  • 1 Heat panini maker or closed contact grill for 5 minutes. Spread 1 side of each bread slice with butter. On unbuttered side of 2 slices, arrange half of the cheese. Top evenly with chicken, bacon, tomato, onion and remaining cheese. Top with remaining 2 bread slices, buttered sides up.
  • 2 Place sandwiches on grill. Close grill; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Cut each sandwich in half to serve.

Expert Tips

Eight slices regular white bread can be substituted for the 4 large sourdough slices.

If you don’t have a panini maker or closed contact grill, you can cook the sandwiches in a 10-inch nonstick skillet. Heat the skillet over medium heat; cook sandwiches for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1/2 Panini)
Calories
570
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
1110mg
1110%;
Total Carbohydrate
56g
56%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
36g
36%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.