BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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We love, love BBQ chicken. We’re creatures of habit, we like to make BBQ grilled chicken all the time and have it with fries and usually some kind of veggie like corn or even grilled vegetables. The grilled chicken HAS to be boneless, skinless chicken breasts because Curtis cannot deal with bones. I know a lot of people are like him and in some situations, I just go with it. But when it comes to my whole chicken in a slow cooker or other recipes, he has to deal…well I carve the chicken and the turkey at Thanksgiving so I guess not.

Anyways, this recipe happened by accident. Curtis came home with way too much chicken for our BBQ grilled chicken and I made all of it. We had leftover chicken and were planning on making grilled cheese sandwiches (I don’t think I have ever told you how obsessed we are with grilled cheeses) and Curtis suggested we combine it. It turned out A-MAZING and got added to the rotation.

We love the McCormick Grill Mates for this recipe.

BBQ Chicken

Chicken right off of the grill. You can use a grill pan and do this indoors but be careful of not having it too hot or the bbq sauce will burn!

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Cheesy, gooey and BBQy from the chicken, it’s perfect. I like them with fries and Curtis prefers potato chips.

These BBQ chicken grilled cheese sandwiches are so gooood and you won’t be able to resist them. I actually was going to try to get a photo with a bite taken out of the sandwich but once I took a bite, I couldn’t stop and it was gone. Photos were done because I had nothing left to photograph.

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BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Yield: 4 sandwiches


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, approx 1 lb, cut down the middle into 4 cutlets

2 Tbsp BBQ rub seasoning, I used McCormick Grill Mates Barbecue

1/2 cup bbq sauce

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

8 slices of sandwich bread

1/2 stick unsalted butter


Prepare gas grill at high heat. Add rub seasoning to both sides of chicken breasts. Add chicken breasts to grill and turn heat down to medium high.

Grill for 3-6 minutes or until dark grill marks appear. Using grill-safe tongs, turn the chicken over and use a grill brush to slather bbq sauce on the chicken. After about 3-6 minutes, turn the chicken again and add bbq sauce. Turn over once again and remove chicken from the grill after 1-2 minutes. Place chicken on a plate and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. Slice chicken into thin pieces or cut into 1 inch thick cubes.

Melt about a 1/2 stick of butter and set aside along with a brush.

Add a little bit of butter to a non-stick skillet and heat at medium. Once butter is completely melted and about to brown, 2-3 minutes, take one slice of bread and brush with melted butter. Add the bread to the pan and top with 1/4 cup of cheese, add 1/4 of the chicken and then another 1/4 cup of cheese. (Add even more cheese if you want!) Brush the second piece of bread with melted butter and add to the top of the sandwich.

Using a spatula, smash the sandwich down ever so slightly. Paying attention to the cheese (you want the cheese to melt) and the bread (don't let it burn), flip the sandwich over after about 2-4 minutes or when the bottom piece of bread is golden or dark brown. Again, using the spatula, smash the sandwich down a little. Remove from skillet after 3-5 minutes. Place on a plate lined with a paper towel so the bread doesn't get soggy. Repeat to make other sandwiches.

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33 Responses to “BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”

  1. 1
    Kathryn — August 3, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    I used to go to a cafe near my old office and have a sandwich very similar to this and I really miss it! Must try making it at home because it looks really, really delicious.


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    DHgate — August 3, 2012 @ 5:41 am

    It looks so delicious. How I wish I can eat it right now!


  3. 3
    marla — August 3, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    I would seriously eat this for breakfast right now…


  4. 4
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 3, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    these photos are making my mouth water! that gooey cheese looks incredible!


  5. 5
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — August 3, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    OMGosh! These look incredible! Great idea Julie!!! Thanks for sharing this idea. I wish I had one (or two) right now.


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 3, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Amazing! I’m craving it and it’s not anywhere near lunch yet!


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    Monet — August 3, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Hi Julie. Wow, this looks amazing. I love BBQ chicken, and I will always take a grilled cheese. Thank you so much for sharing with me!


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    Lan | angry asian — August 3, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    it’s dishes like these that make me wish i could consume dairy. decadent looking!


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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — August 3, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    There’s just all sorts of yum in this sandwich.


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    Cassie — August 3, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    I’m nearly speechless, Julie. I’m a fool for grilled cheese and we love BBQ around here. Can’t wait to have one of these!


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 3, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    I’m sure I won’t be able to resist these! I’ll definitely be make them for dinner tonight! I just need to go for an emergency grocery run :)


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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 3, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Grilled cheese sandwiches are just so comforting – I love your take on them. Drooltown, population: me.


  13. 13
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 3, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Mama saaaaaaaaaaaaid knock you out. Girl, love this.


  14. 14
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 4, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    I can relate to Curtis, I can’t do bones and I’m not keen on dark meat, picky much?? Fantastic idea turning this into a sandwich..
    Take care..


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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 4, 2012 @ 2:16 am

    This looks delicious! Grilled cheese (any variation) has always been my fave comfort food. your photos are beautiful :)


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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — August 4, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    This looks awesome! We use that seasoning often, but I never thought about making a grilled cheese with the chicken. Great idea!


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    Katie — August 4, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    We’ve been eating a ton of grilled cheese lately, and this sounds like a great idea.


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    Mom Foodie — August 4, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    I want a bite out of one of those 😀


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    David — August 6, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    This looks amazing! I made a very similar sandwich last night, although it was buffalo, not BBQ. I blended chicken, buffalo sauce, and celery and spread it over sharp cheddar on a slice of wheat bread. Delicious!


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    Shut Up & Cook — August 29, 2012 @ 12:45 am

    Do you think if I sit on my couch long enough…someone will just bring me one of these sandwiches?

    These look dynamite!


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    Thomas — October 3, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Yum. Nothing like taking grilled cheese to the next level!


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    Ashley — April 2, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    Holy mouth watering goodness!!! I just went and got ingredients. Cant wait for dinner! Im serving with potato salad! Mmmmm


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  31. 23
    Vwgoddess — July 1, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

    Gotta try this…. Soon! Looks delicious!


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    StunningNightmare — January 16, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    I cannot wait to try this. I’m gonna a make it with some tater tots. It seems so fast and easy!


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