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Teriyaki Grilled Chi’eese on Sourdough

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I was inspired by an Indian Food Truck a few weeks ago by a “Tandoori Grilled Cheese”, but this was a disaster of a sandwich. The cheese wasn’t melted yet, the tandoori didn’t have chicken, and it was on sourdough. I have no idea how this was a “Indian” dish by any means. So while eating this unfortunate lunch I decided I could do something better. And so here’s a new dish soon to be on every swanky restaurant menu: Grilled Chi’eese. Definition: Take your standard grilled cheese, add chicken and a light chutney sauce. Cook until delicious. I now present my Teriyaki Grilled Chi’eese on Sourdough with Mint Chutney.

Marinate thawed chicken breasts in teriyaki sauce for 5-10 minutes in the fridge in a plastic bag. While this is marinating, make the chutney in a food processor: combine all ingredients and pulse until the mint is well incorporated and it smells delicious. Pan fry chicken (add diced fresh ginger to pan?) in skillet, discarding excess teriyaki sauce. Once cooked, remove from pan and set aside to shred with knife & fork. Once shredded, add back to pan to keep warm. To prepare the sandwich, spoon/spread the chutney over what will be the insides of the grilled cheese. Top with cheese and add both pieces to a lightly buttered skillet (or griddle) openfaced and chutney side up so you won’t have to flip it later. When the cheese is almost melted, add a healthy amount of chicken to one of the slices and a bit more cheese and let is meld for a minute. Take the other slice and place it on top and remove from pan. Unfortunately this means you can only do a limited number of sandwiches at once, but they’re easy to keep warm and the cheese keeps melding.

There are so many slight variations on this that would also be amazing: mild cheeses, different chutneys (cilantro, basil, mint, oregano, even fruit!), chicken marinades. Go experiment!

Grilled Chi’eese
Sourdough
8oz Mozzarella, thinly sliced or shredded
Mint Chutney (see below)
2 Teriyaki Chicken breasts, shredded (see below)

Teriyaki Sauce — Makes ~ 3/4 cup sauce
1/3 cup worsteshire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tbsp honey

Mint Chutney
4 tbsp Plain Yogurt
4 tbsp chopped fresh mint (about 6 good stalks of mint)
1 tbsp lemon juice

Makes 6 Chi’eese Sandwiches. 30-45 minutes from start to finish. ~$2/sandwich. If you use a low-fat cheese, this would be a very healthy dish: low calories, protein and not a lot of fat. Yummmmm! Unfortunately no pictures this time around… Figure a post with no pictures is better than no post at all!

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Written by Brent

March 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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  1. I love the concept of food trucks! Great job on taking this to a higher level…can’t wait to try it!

    Alison

    March 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm


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