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Herbed Chicken and Cheese Panini

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Herbed Chicken and Cheese Panini
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 2
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Pound cooked chicken thin, slide into a pita with cheese and tomatoes, add onion and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, and you've got a winning sandwich.
Updated Feb 11, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, thyme, oregano)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin (about 1/2 lb)
  • Salt and pepper to taste, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 (7-inch) pocketless pita breads or flatbreads, each cut in half
  • 4 slices sharp Cheddar cheese (about 1 oz each)
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced

Steps

  • 1
    In small bowl, mix butter and herbs until blended; set aside.
  • 2
    Season chicken with salt and pepper. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Cook chicken in oil about 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until no longer pink in center. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside and keep warm. To same skillet, add onion; cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove onion from skillet, set aside. Reduce heat to medium.
  • 3
    Spread generous half teaspoon herbed butter on outside of all of 4 bread halves. Place 2 halves in heated skillet, buttered side down. Top each with 1 slice cheese, 1 chicken breast, half of the onion and sliced tomato, and another slice cheese. Top with remaining pita bread halves.
  • 4
    Cook about 2 minutes, pressing down with spatula, until bottom is golden brown. Turn; cook about 2 minutes longer, pressing again with spatula, until cheese is melted. To serve, cut each sandwich in half.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    For easy prep, purchase chicken breasts that have already been pounded (they may be labeled as chicken cutlets).
  • tip 2
    If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs.

Nutrition

670 Calories, 36g Total Fat, 47g Protein, 39g Total Carbohydrate, 4g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
Calories from Fat
320
Total Fat
36g
55%
Saturated Fat
18g
89%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
150mg
49%
Sodium
790mg
33%
Potassium
540mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
4g
Protein
47g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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