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Juicy grilled chicken and peppery arugula salad make for a tasty open-faced sandwich. As sandwiches go, I like mine with cheese, melted cheese. It just makes them better!

Chicken and Gouda Melt Sandwich

This sammy is a glorious combination of chicken, Gouda (there’s the cheese!) and a green salad. As much as I like cheese on a sandwich, I also like open-faced sanwiches. It feels very dinnery to eat (because you have the option of using a knife and fork), and you can get a heck-of-a-lot more piled on that one slice of bread.

You can buy grilled chicken in the prepared food section of your deli counter if you want a super fast dinner.

I actually used a panini maker, or countertop grill for the chicken. A grill pan like this one here, is also a great alternative to an outdoor grill during these winter months. I really like this grill pan because it doesn’t have a tall edge. I can use it for chicken, burgers and even kabobs because it doesn’t have the rim of a typical skillet. It’s cast iron, so follow directions for treating and cleaning it!

Also, if your bakery has a raisin walnut loaf–whooo-eeee that makes this sandwich good! I get in trouble when I buy this bread. I could eat the entire thing. Thus I create breakfast, lunch and dinner options using it! I love the crunch of nuts and savory-sweet burst from the raisins. A cranberry pecan loaf works too. Any type of fruit and nut combo your bakery might have will work.

5 from 1 vote
Chicken and Gouda Melt
Work Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Save prep time and buy grilled chicken at the supermarket. Just warm it in the oven before you make the sandwiches.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner, gouda, grilled chicken sandwich
Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 502 kcal
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 4 to 5 oz each
  • 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup apricot preserves
  • 4 slices crusty whole-grain bread or raisin-nut bread
  • 6 oz gouda sliced
  • 4 cups arugula (3 oz)
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil; grill on grill pan or grill press until completely cooked, 5 to 6 min.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F. For the dressing stir together mustard, vinegar and preserves; season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside. Toast bread in toaster or oven. On a baking sheet, arrange cheese on toast and place one piece of chicken on top. Cook in oven until cheese begins to melt, about 4 min.
  3. Combine arugula and onion and toss with some of the dressing. Place sandwiches on plates, top with salad and drizzle generously with remaining dressing.
Recipe Notes

The arugula adds a great texture and flavor to this sandwich.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Gouda Melt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 193mg 64%
Sodium 805mg 34%
Potassium 1032mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 62g 124%
Vitamin A 15.6%
Vitamin C 8.2%
Calcium 38.3%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you like this recipe, you’ll also want to try my Spinach Melts and Toasts With Sweet Potato Spread.

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Recipe Tara Bench and Vanessa Seder
Photography Rita Maas
Prop Styling Tiziana Agnello
Food Styling Anne Disrude
Originally published LHJ Mar 09

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