Parmesan Crusted Grilled Chicken and Cheese

 

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 3 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!
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  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).
Notes
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

 Enjoy!

Kristin

 

 

 



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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! :-)

  1. 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!

    • 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!

    • 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! :-)

  2. says

    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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