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Herbed Chicken and Cheese Panini

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 9 ingredients
  • 2 servings
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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.

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.

Expert Tips

For easy prep, purchase chicken breasts that have already been pounded (they may be labeled as chicken cutlets).

If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
55%
Saturated Fat
18g
89%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
Cholesterol
150mg
49%
Sodium
790mg
33%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Protein
47g
47%
% 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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