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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preheat a panini maker to high.

  • 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

407 calories; protein 32.8g 66% DV; carbohydrates 27.3g 9% DV; dietary fiber 4.2g 17% DV; sugars 4.5g; fat 18.1g 28% DV; saturated fat 5.6g 28% DV; cholesterol 83.6mg 28% DV; vitamin a iu 635.4IU 13% DV; vitamin c 6.2mg 10% DV; folate 37.3mcg 9% DV; calcium 139.7mg 14% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 71.5mg 26% DV; potassium 483.8mg 14% DV; sodium 638.6mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 30% DV; added sugar 2g.

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Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The jalapenos added just the right kick to this sandwich. Read More