Jalapeno Popper-Chicken Panini


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.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 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

  • cup finely chopped pickled jalapeños

  • 8 slices crusty whole-wheat bread

  • 1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices


  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 1/4-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 Facts (per serving)

407 Calories
18g Fat
27g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 407
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Vitamin A 635IU 13%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 37mcg 9%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 72mg 17%
Potassium 484mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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