Smoky Cheddar, Chicken & Bacon Melt Paninis


4 large slices sourdough bread (1/2 inch thick)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
4 oz smoky Cheddar cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/4 cup bacon bits
6 thin slices tomato
2 thin slices onion, separated into rings


Heat panini maker or closed contact grill for 5 minutes. Spread 1 side of each bread slice with butter. On unbuttered side of 2 slices, arrange half of the cheese. Top evenly with chicken, bacon, tomato, onion and remaining cheese. Top with remaining 2 bread slices, buttered sides up.

Place sandwiches on grill. Close grill; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Cut each sandwich in half to serve.

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