Monday, May 7, 2012

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

What's the best thing besides sliced bread? Sliced cheese to sandwich between bread slices! There's no doubt that grilled cheese sandwiches are a beloved food of many. Even those who are gluten free can enjoy their grilled cheese sandwiches with the various kinds of gf breads available these days. I love the classic grilled cheese made with American slices but it's also great to venture into other variations. This time around, I made this BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese quite a few times and it's a delicious way to jazz up the traditional version. Shredded chicken is tossed in a tangy bbq sauce and sandwiched with creamy quesadilla cheese between buttered slices of bread, which is then grilled to a perfect golden brown. That first bite of crunchy, creamy, savory and a touch of sweetness will have you devour this sandwich in no time!...

This month's Moms Crazy Cooking Challenge food blogging event is all about grilled cheese sandwiches. It comes as a perfect time since April was National Grilled Cheese month and I've been interested in so many variations I've seen featured on various websites and blogs. This was the perfect opportunity to go out and make some of those sandwiches that had me drooling. I made a few different recipes but this one for a BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese was one of my favorites that I've tried. It's so simple and you probably already have most, if not all the ingredients on hand. A shortcut for the chicken is to use a store bought rotisserie chicken... but I ended up using leftovers from a Bourbon Chicken recipe I made (which will be featured here later this week!). Feel free to adapt this any way you'd like but switching up the cheese and using your preferred BBQ sauce, either homemade or store-bought.

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese
recipe adapted from Galley Kitchen

1/3 cup shredded roast chicken breast
2 tablespoons barbeque sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays - which is also GF)
1/4 cup shredded quesadilla cheese
2 slices white bread (or GF bread of your choice - I used Katz's Sliced Challah)

Combine shredded chicken and barbeque sauce.

Place half the cheese on one slice of bread.

Top with the chicken, followed by the remaining cheese.

Place the other slice of bread on top and butter the top.

Press down on the sandwich slightly and transfer the sandwich onto a hot grilled or skillet, buttered side down.

Cook the sandwich over medium high heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

Meanwhile, butter the top of the sandwich. When the bottom has cooked to a golden brown, carefully flip to cook the other side.

Please check out all these delicious grilled cheese sandwich recipes made by all the food bloggers participating in 'Moms Crazy Cooking Challenge' this month! Don't forget to click on your favorite looking one and cast your vote!.