August 12, 2013

parmesan crusted grilled chicken and cheese

Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken and Cheese

by Kristin King — Categories: entree — Tags: , , , , , 40 Comments


parmesan crusted grilled chicken and cheese


August is National Sandwich Month…which to me is another excuse to come up with a fun grilled cheese sandwich!

I do love grilled cheese, because it is fast and easy and a guaranteed kid-pleaser.  As we get closer to the new school year, it is just a matter of time before the flurry of evening activities kicks into high gear again (some people have already started, I know!) and I will need to incorporate more of the easiest, quickest meals.  In fact, during the school year, I include a grilled cheese dinner into my meal plan almost every week.  So I have started playing with different combinations of fillings to change things up a bit!

This sandwich was an evolution.  The first few attempts were good, but not stellar.  I loved the idea of crusting the sandwich with parmesan cheese for a little extra oomph.  The first time, I combined the parmesan cheese with the buttery spread and then slathered it on the bread.  That was good, but not great.  The second time, I buttered the bread and then sprinkled the parmesan cheese on it, patting it to make it stick, and that created more crusty parmesan texture on the surface of the bread.  Yum!

The filling also evolved.  I wanted to keep it fairly simple and something I could whip up on the spur of the moment, so I didn’t want to go too crazy with add-ins.  The first few attempts involved chicken and cheese and different combinations of spices.  Again, they were good, but nothing special.  Eventually, I decided to add green olives into the filling and voila!!  That was it!  They added so much flavor, it really didn’t need anything else.

I was actually surprised that Thing 2 did not care for the olives.  He would have been happy with plain chicken and cheese.  But, he did enjoy the crusty parmesan-sprinkled bread, so it all worked out.  Thing 1 and DH were impressed and asked for me to make this again sometime soon!  :-)

Thing 2 rating =3 out of 5 biscuits small (3 out of 5 biscuits.)  He docked me two whole biscuits even though he picked out the olives, because apparently he could still taste them.  That kid is a tough one to please!  I responded by making him eat his cauliflower…ha!  :-)


5.0 from 2 reviews

Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken and Cheese
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Upgrade your grilled cheese sandwich with parmesan crusted bread stuffed with chicken, cheese, and green olives!
Recipe type: Entree
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 1 and ½ cups shredded reduced-fat cheese, Mexican blend (or your favorite)
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped green olives
  • 8 slices sourdough bread (or your favorite)
  • Butter or buttery spread (I used Brummel and Brown)
  • 2-4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, divided (more or less depending on how much you sprinkle on each sandwich)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine chicken, shredded cheese, and olives in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Butter one side of each of the 8 slices of bread with the buttery spread.
  4. Sprinkle 4 of the bread slices on the buttered side with some parmesan cheese, and place them butter side down on a baking sheet.
  5. Distribute filling across the 4 slices.
  6. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on the buttered side of the last 4 slices of bread, and place them on top of the filling, buttered side up.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes, then flip the sandwiches and bake about 6 minutes more, until the sandwiches are golden brown and crispy. (Alternatively, you can grill them on the stove top on a griddle or in a skillet).
Nutrition information approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 sandwich Calories: 471 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 47 Sugar: 5 Protein: 27






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  1. Miss Messy says:

    Parmesan crusted?! Waa that sounds awesome! If I would I would parmesan crust everything!
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    • Kristin says:

      Thanks Miss Messy! Maybe we should parmesan crust your banana and nutella muffins!! LOL! Just kidding, I am heading over to check them out though! :-)

  2. lol I was like that as a kid. Even if something I didn’t like was barely touching the rest of my food, I would refuse to eat it! But it sounds delicious to me, especially with the olives :-)
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  3. Karen says:

    Oh, I LOVE grilled cheese, and these look so yummy!!!!!! I totally have to make these. My Hubby is like your Thing 2, so I’d probably make his olive-less from the start. More for me!!!
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    • Kristin says:

      Yeah, I agree! More for me! Luckily it is pretty easy to customize these by individual sandwich so Thing 2 is in luck for this recipe. With some others, he just has to live with the stuff he does not like! LOL! Heading over to check out your black forest cake now! Sounds delicious!

  4. Michelle says:

    This looks good! I make a parmesan and pecan crusted chicken over salad greens. I love parmesan crusted chicken! Definitely will have to try this! Visiting from Mumma Walkers Friendly Friday Blog Hop!
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    • Kristin says:

      Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by! I am headed over to check out your post…I can always use a little more help understanding Facebook!

  5. Kristin, this sounds super yummy. So creative! I want some now!!

    • Kristin says:

      Thanks, Beth! I am so happy you stopped by! I have been meaning to visit your blog so I am heading over there now! :-)

  6. Hi, this recipe sounds so good. I saw it on tasty tuesdays.
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  7. Sounds yummy! Love the Parmesan crust!! I would like to invite you to my weekly linky party Share Your Stuff Tuesdays. It’s on the blog now..hope you can join us!
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  8. this definitely GOT my attention!! Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays

    Hope to see you back next week.

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  9. This is making my mouth water! I love grilled cheese in general but adding Parmesan, chicken, and olives just puts it over the top…YUM! Thanks so much for the recipe… :)
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  10. Maria says:

    This looks so good! I love different grilled cheese recipes, yours looks wonderful! :)
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  11. This looks delicious! I’m following all of your social profiles to keep up to date!! :D
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  12. Jenna says:

    You put a parmesan crust on anything and I’m in!
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  13. Kristen, these sound awesome. I love the Parmesan crusted bread! Thank you for sharing on the BBQ Block Party. Have a great holiday weekend!
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  14. yum that looks so yummy! I pinned it and followed you and can’t wait to try it!

  15. You had me at parmesan crusted! This looks delicious!!
    Stopping by from the TGIF link party.
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  17. Colette says:

    That looks delicious! Might have to get the husband to check make those! ;o)
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  18. Karly says:

    What a great grilled cheese! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
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  19. Diane says:

    We love grilled cheese. Yours looks extra delicious. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. My 12 T-Fal Stainless Steel Cookware set giveaway is live today. Stop over and enter. It’s a beautiful set :) Have a wonderful Labor Day!
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  20. I think all my kids would pick out the olives as well. I’ve never thought to make grilled cheese something a little more than just melted cheese and bread. I love the crusted parmesan idea!
    Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday
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  22. I love easy sandwiches like this! =) looks yummy!

  23. Linda says:

    MMm.. I’m hungry. :) Thanks for the recipe. PINNING. Also following on Google+
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    Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays last week. As one of the co-hosts, I will be featuring your recipe on Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow on my site, Detours in Life. Congrats!

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