Easy, delicious and healthy chicken tomato melt

Easy, delicious and healthy chicken tomato melt

I love this sandwich. Just love it. First of all, it’s so flavourful and so juicy. It takes minutes to make. It’s an excellent use of cooked chicken meat. And for all these reasons, it honestly is my absolute Go-To Weeknight Meal when I have some leftover cooked chicken meat.

Did you know that cooking tomatoes increases the amount of lycopene in tomatoes, making the cooked variety even more valuable nutritionally? This is not a nutritional blog so I don’t tend to go in detail about nutrition, but lycopene is an antioxidant that may help reduce risks of heart disease and cancer. In other words, tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes, are considered very healthy.

But besides the added health bonus, the tomato in this recipe is responsible for brining the moisture to the sandwich. Healthy, quick and delicious!

One more thing, you can omit Mayo, if you want, and replace it with a couple of tablespoons of Olive oil to make it even healthier.

Hope you try this sandwich soon!

Let’s get cooking!

Yields2 Servings

 2 cups cooked chicken meat (sliced, cubed or shredded)
 ½ tsp scant, of kosher salt (half as much if using fine table salt) or to taste
 freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 ½ tsp paprika
 ½ tsp garlic powder
 ½ cup finely grated mild cheese, such as Mozzarella or Cheddar
 ¼ cup Mayo
 pinch of cayenne, to taste, or a few dashes of your favourite hot sauce, optional
 1-2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
 4 bread slices
 parsley, basil, green onions or other fresh herbs for garnish, for garnish, optional

1

Preheat the oven to 350. Place your bread slices on top of a rimmed baking sheet.

2

Season your chicken meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne/hot sauce, if using. Add Mayo and mix well to combine. Add cheese and mix to combine. Last - fold in the tomato and toss to combine. Taste your mixture, feel free to add more salt, but remember the cheddar cheese will add a lot of salty flavour as it melts.

3

Divide the mixture evenly between the bread slices. Bake in preheated oven for about 8-14 minutes, until hot, the cheese has melted and the bread is crusty. Garnish with parsley/green onions and serve.

Ingredients

 2 cups cooked chicken meat (sliced, cubed or shredded)
 ½ tsp scant, of kosher salt (half as much if using fine table salt) or to taste
 freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 ½ tsp paprika
 ½ tsp garlic powder
 ½ cup finely grated mild cheese, such as Mozzarella or Cheddar
 ¼ cup Mayo
 pinch of cayenne, to taste, or a few dashes of your favourite hot sauce, optional
 1-2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
 4 bread slices
 parsley, basil, green onions or other fresh herbs for garnish, for garnish, optional

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350. Place your bread slices on top of a rimmed baking sheet.

2

Season your chicken meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne/hot sauce, if using. Add Mayo and mix well to combine. Add cheese and mix to combine. Last - fold in the tomato and toss to combine. Taste your mixture, feel free to add more salt, but remember the cheddar cheese will add a lot of salty flavour as it melts.

3

Divide the mixture evenly between the bread slices. Bake in preheated oven for about 8-14 minutes, until hot, the cheese has melted and the bread is crusty. Garnish with parsley/green onions and serve.

Chicken Melt

Happens to be Gluten-Free… As long as you use Gluten-Free bread. As with all gluten-free recipes, ensure all your ingredients are gluten free and not cross-contaminated.

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