Grilled Chicken & Cheese Panini with Cranberry Relish

Grilled Chicken & Cheese Panini with Cranberry Relish

The best part of this recipe is in the cranberry relish. This sweet sandwich spread is so delicious we could eat it with a spoon.

You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup cranberry relish (homemade or store bought)
  • 3 Tbsp butter or mayonnaise
  • Crusty bread or buns (ciabatta or foccacia work well)
  • 4 cooked boneless chicken breasts, sliced
  • Fresh mozzarella or provolone cheese, sliced
  • 2 cups arugula or spinach leaves (optional)
  • ½ tart apple, with peel
  • ½ seedless orange, with peel
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • In small food processor, chop orange and apple into small pieces.
  • Add cranberries and pulse until cranberries are coarsely chopped.
  • Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add chopped fruit and simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and cool.

Prep and Cook

  • 1
    Arrange cut bread on flat surface.
  • 2
    Spread cranberry relish over one side and butter or mayonnaise on the bottom half.
  • 3
    Arrange slices of chicken, cheese and arugula on top of the bread.
  • 4
    If using a sandwich maker, place sandwich on hot press and grill until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  • 5
    For the stove top method: heat a non-stick skillet and grill sandwich over low/medium heat until toasted.
  • 6
    Flip sandwich and allow bread to toast on the other side until cheese is melted.
  • 7
    When cooked, remove from the pan or press, cut diagonally and serve hot with a bowl of soup.

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