This Apple Butter and Chicken Grilled Cheese is the perfect Fall twist on the classic sandwich. Simple and packed with flavor, this substantial sandwich will be your new go-to!
One of my all-time favorite cities for the food scene is Portland, OR. My husband and I got the great opportunity to live there for a little while, and if there is one city I would happily move back to – that would be it! Food trucks, doughnut shops and unique eateries are what make Portland go round – and this girl right here.
In this delightful city, there is a divine little restaurant, Pine State Biscuits. As the name implies, they serve all things biscuits. One of the best sandwiches there is a warm biscuit topped with fried chicken and apple butter. As weird as it may sound, this flavor combo is out of this world delicious!
Though I didn’t make this grilled cheese on a biscuit, I wanted to emulate the flavors of that amazing sandwich and I think I succeeded here. It is the perfect combination of sweet and savory, warm and combining the flavors of fall with a classic sandwich. I made my own apple butter for this, but please feel free to use store bought! It will definitely speed up the process!
I also didn’t want to take the time (or create more calories) by using fried chicken chicken, so I used baked, breaded chicken rather than fried. You could also swap in sliced roasted chicken, grilled chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken. Whatever you’ve got on hand will work, and I promise you will not be missing the fried factor here. When combined with the apple butter and sharp cheddar cheese, oooooooh-eeee you’ll be making this recipe every day!
Grab your skillet, fire up that stove and get ready to get your grilled cheese on.
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Apple Butter and Chicken Grilled Cheese
A delicious twist on a simple classic. This Apple Butter and Chicken Grilled Cheese is the perfect sandwich for your Fall cravings!
- 3 lbs apples – I used granny smith, gala and pink ladies
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Freshly grated nutmeg – roughly ½ tsp
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Start by making the apple butter. Peel, core and slice apples using an apple wedger. Place apples into a crockpot. In a medium sized bowl, add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and combine well. Sprinkle over apples and mix around well. Turn crockpot on LOW and cook for 10 hours, stirring occasionally. After 10 hours, add in vanilla, and leaving lid off of crockpot, cook an additional 2 hours. Using an immersion blender, blend up apples to make as creamy as desired. Store any unused apple butter in a mason jar with a lid in the refrigerator. To make the chicken, clean up chicken cutlets as desired. Slice chicken into 1 inch slices using your santoku knife. The thinner the chicken, the quicker it will cook. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. In a separate small bowl, combine bread crumbs and salt and pepper. Mix well. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray, and preheat oven to 425°F. Pat dry the chicken slices, and in an assembly line fashion, dip chicken into egg mixture, then into breadcrumb mixture, coating chicken completely and finally aligning on cookie sheet. Continue until all chicken is coated. Place into preheated oven and bake 10-15 minutes, until fully cooked and golden brown. To make the grilled cheese, get your griddle ready and place over low heat. Starting with two slices, butter the sourdough bread with roughly 1 tbsp butter each. WITH BUTTERED SIDE DOWN, place bread on griddle, and on unbuttered side, place 2 slices cheddar cheese on each slice of bread. Allow cheese to melt over bread slightly, roughly 3 minutes. At this time, add as many slices of chicken as desired to one slice of bread, and 2-3 tbsp (as desired) of apple butter, finally placing opposite side of cheesy bread on top. Allow to cook an additional 3-4 minutes, until sandwich melts together and slices of bread are golden brown. Repeat process with second sandwich. Cut sandwiches in half and serve warm.
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