Creamy White Chicken Grilled Cheese

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Let’s have a tea party!

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On the menu for the tea party today I am serving Creamy White Chicken Grilled Cheese.  Shredded chicken tossed with Fontina cheese on a fresh loaf of Italian bread with a creamy dill spread.  Perfect for a Spring picnic in the park, and pairs perfectly with a cup of Orange Blossom 100% White Tea.   Steep two bags and pour over ice for a refreshing iced tea.

 

Creamy White Chicken Grilled Cheese | www.motherthyme.com

Creamy White Chicken Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: PT15-20M

Cook Time: PT35-40M

Total Time: PT50-60 M

Yield: 4-6 servings

Creamy White Chicken Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

    Chicken
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Cream Cheese Spread
  • 4 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Grilled Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded Fontina cheese
  • 8 thick slices of fresh Italian bread
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or butter for bread

Instructions

    Chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminium foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  3. Toss chicken with olive oil, dill, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Allow chicken to cool. Shred using two forks and place in a medium bowl.
  6. Cream Cheese Spread
  7. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese, dill, garlic powder, onion powder and salt until creamy.
  8. Grilled Cheese
  9. Preheat panini maker or large skillet over medium heat.
  10. Toss Fontina cheese with shredded chicken.
  11. Lightly drizzle outer slices of bread with olive oil or brush with butter.
  12. Generously spread inside slices with cream cheese spread. Top with chicken mixture and other slice of bread.
  13. Add sandwich to panini and cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. If cooking on skillet, flip after a few minutes until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Save a step! You could substitute cooking the chicken and use a store bought rotisserie chicken. Shred chicken as instructed and follow the remaining steps.

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