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Spicy Peanut Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For reasons that sometimes defy even my own comprehension, one of the fallout benefits of having had a hand in creating Corner Pub Sports, was that I fell face-first into the local foodie-community. Given that this is my first “official” crack at a sandwich for the site, I wanted to give a small backstory to explain how I arrived here.

It started about two years ago when my close friend Rick Pipto invited me, on behalf of his wife Roberta, to an event being held at a local Applebees to promote their line of burgers for that year’s upcoming football season. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I don’t have even an ounce of training. Rick, however, thought that our sports and beer website made a terrific addition to their tasting that night.

Roberta is a well know food blogger better known at the time by the moniker ‘Homemade Delish‘. When she arrived at the event Roberta explained the backstory of the company that helped Applebees organize the event, Foodiechats and its founder Steve Green.

It began innocently on Twitter when Steve simply asked the open-ended question:

“What’s everyone having for dinner tonight? #Foodiechats”

After that, Foodiechats was born. Now every Monday at 8pm there’s a twitter discussion revolving around 10 questions regarding that weeks food sponsor.

The topic for last night was peanuts of all things. First question right out of the gate:

I was thrilled! I love peanuts! Immediately, I thought of a grilled cheese sandwich I’d made a while back that I put together using a Thai-style peanuts and  sauce. The initial idea for the sandwich was inspired by chicken skewers I’d had at a Thai restaurant that were served with a peanut sauce for dipping.

I was thrilled with the way the sandwich was turning out with the chicken, cheese, and spices; but I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. That missing ingredient was the smooth taste of avocado which really landed this entire melt! The chicken melt is finished off with some fresh cilantro and sriracha hot sauce. I like my food with some kick to it! This spicy peanut chicken grilled cheese sandwich exceeded all of my expectations.

I’m absolutely positive that Corner Pub Sports official Chef John Cohl, Roberta, and Steve would all feel like this was a worthy plate to sit behind and enjoy!

Spicy Peanut Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 slices of bread (I used a fresh Italian-style loaf sliced on the thinner side)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup thin sliced chicken skewers or plain chicken, shredded and warm
2 tablespoons spicy peanut sauce and 1 of crushed Thai peanuts (optional)
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
Sriracha hot sauce (to taste)

Directions

Warm a pan over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread, place one slice in the pan buttered side down. Sprinkle on half of the cheese, then top with the chicken, spicy peanut sauce, avocado, cilantro, sriracha and the remaining cheese. Followed that with the remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Cook the whole sandwich until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

This is a recipe that’s incredibly easy to play around with and doctor to your own liking. Regardless of your own spin, it’s delicious and quick to make.

Enjoy!

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