Herbed Chicken and Cheese Panini

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.

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

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
  • 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.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    670
    (
    Calories from Fat
    320),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    36g
    36%
    (Saturated Fat
    18g,
    18%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    150mg
    150%;
    Sodium
    790mg
    790%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    39g
    39%
    (Dietary Fiber
    2g
    2%
      Sugars
    4g
    4%
    ),
    Protein
    47g
    47%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    30%;
    Vitamin C
    10%;
    Calcium
    40%;
    Iron
    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 Choices:
    2 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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