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BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Hi everyone! Des here from Life’s Ambrosia. Today marks my first day as a contributor here at Oh Sweet Basil and I’m so excited to be here and get to know all of you! I thought what better way to introduce myself then to share a recipe that showcases exactly how I like to cook. A recipe that is quick, easy, down to earth and not to mention, scrumptious. So today I brought with me the recipe for these BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

In our household we like uncomplicated, straightforward, tummy pleasing food. With an almost 9 month old and a 3 year old it can’t take a lot of time to make either. That is where jazzing up the good ol’ fashioned grilled cheese comes in handy.

 There are so many different ways to switch things up. I love a traditional cheddar but switching up the cheeses, adding veggies or meat takes grilled cheese to a whole other level. Turning a simple sandwich into a satisfying meal.BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Take this BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese for instance. My three year old loves anything and everything BBQ. BBQ chips and anything dipped in or slathered in BBQ sauce. That got me thinking that a BBQ grilled cheese just might be the ultimate kid food.

 But then I thought what about the adults in the household? That is where the pepper jack cheese, red onions and cilantro come in handy. None of them are so overpowering that a kid wouldn’t like them but they add just enough flavor to make these a crowd pleaser for adults too.

These have quickly become a favorite in our home and one try and I’m sure your family will love them too!

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

What Cheese Is Best For Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?

There are as many “favorite” cheeses for grilled cheese as there are people. But, here is a list of some of the best cheeses for grilling. Your personal taste should determine what you use.

  • Medium cheddar has a melty perfection and just the right pull-apart goodness.
  • Fontina is another melty, delicious cows milk cheese that ranges from mild to stinky so there’s one to suit everybody’s taste.
  • Monterey or Sonoma Jack melts well.
  • Havarti is a good one to pair with other cheeses; it is relatively soft, buttery, and very mild.

Experiment a little and see which cheese is your favorite.

Can BBQ Chicken Be Reheated?

Chicken can be reheated in a microwave, a frying pan, in the oven, on the barbecue, or even in a slow cooker. But, chicken should only be reheated one time.

Can BBQ Chicken Be Frozen?

Cooked chicken can be frozen safely. Cool completely. Divide the chicken into meal-sized portions in freezer bags or freezer-safe containers. Freeze up to 4 months.

Tip: Try making this BBQ chicken grilled cheese with our BEST Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce Recipe

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken cooked, shredded
  • 1/4 medium red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 8 slices crusty Italian bread
  • 8 slices thick cut pepper jack cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add in chicken and onion.
  • Cook just until chicken is warmed through and onion has softened.
  • Stir in BBQ sauce and cilantro. Mix well.
  • Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.

To assemble a sandwich:

  • Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter.
  • Place one slice of cheese on the non-buttered side.
  • Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture on top.
  • Place another piece of cheese on top of the chicken.
  • Top with another slice of bread with the buttered side facing out.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 4 sandwiches.
  • Cook sandwiches over medium heat 3 - 4 minutes each side or until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 638 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 799mg35%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 790IU16%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 334mg33%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Yay! Finally food that I can picture actually wanting to cook. I get soooo bored with the basics. My family is going to think I’m an amazing cook thanks to you 🙂

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  • This bbq chicken grilled cheese looks amazing! Pinned! =)

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  • My kids will love me when I prepare this.

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    • Which is never a bad thing. 😉

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  • Such a great twist on a classic. PINNED!!

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  • Looks like a nice mixture of sweet and savory! Can’t wait to give it a whirl…

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