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Athenian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Mozzarella and feta cheese make one delicious duo in this upscale grilled cheese that also features tender Athenian chicken and fresh herb flavor. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 8 slices olive or Italian bread (1/2 inch thick)

Directions

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Set aside and keep warm.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cheeses, mint, oregano and capers. Distribute half the cheese mixture evenly among 4 bread slices. Layer with chicken and remaining cheese mixture. Top with remaining bread. Brush outsides of sandwiches with remaining oil.
  • On a griddle, toast sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra-virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at lower temperatures.
  • In Europe, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parmesan are considered the same cheese. But in the U.S., Parmesan is a generic term that may not come from Italy’s Parmigiano-Reggiano region. Using the authentic Italian cheese (in a lesser amount than the original’s ½ cup) ensures a cheesy richness in the makeover with less fat and calories.
  • Check out all of our gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 sandwich: 605 calories, 36g fat (13g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 41g protein.

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    • Bruce
      Jan 28, 2020

      Sandwich turned out great! The only thing I did different is I did not have mint to add, and instead of a grill I use the panini maker.