Jalapeno Popper-Chicken Panini

Jalapeno Popper-Chicken Panini

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016

In this delicious grilled cheese recipe, jalapeño popper flavors are stuffed into a toasty chicken sandwich. Serve with a mixed green salad. P.S. Don't toss the jalapeño pickling liquid: use the flavorful brine in place of vinegar in dressings.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, cut in half crosswise
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or avocado oil, divided
  • ½ cup reduced-fat whipped cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 8 slices crusty whole-wheat bread
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices


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  1. Place chicken between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or heavy saucepan to an even ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Preheat a panini maker to high.
  4. Combine cream cheese and jalapenos in a small bowl. Spread a generous 1 tablespoon of the mixture on each piece of bread. Divide the chicken and tomato among 4 of the pieces and top with the remaining bread. Lightly brush both sides of the sandwiches with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook 2 sandwiches at a time in the panini maker until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Equipment: Panini maker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich
  • Per serving: 407 calories; 18 g fat(6 g sat); 4 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 37 mcg folate; 84 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 635 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 140 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 639 mg sodium; 484 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2½ fat

Reviews 2

August 19, 2017
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By: ShannonMurphyMcCarrens
So, I made this recipe with half the calories listed. I used low calorie bread (35cals/slice) and I used 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese (30ish calories) per sandwich. I also bough pre-sliced thin chicken. It was a bit expensive but saved me a little time. I also used sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh. All in all, my sandwich was about 200 calories.
January 06, 2017
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By: mthomva67
The jalapenos added just the right kick to this sandwich.
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