Jalapeno Chicken Grilled Cheese with White BBQ Sauce


Grilled sandwiches are perfect when it gets too hot to turn on the oven!   

Shredded rotisserie chicken makes this sandwich easy to throw together!

  You’ll want to dip your spicy chicken sandwich into your homemade bbq sauce to take the edge off the heat!

 Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich with White BBQ Sauce

 

My love affair with vinegar started when I was young.   My mom didn’t have a lot of snack foods so I had to use my imagination.  My snacks usually consisted of saltines with melted Kraft Singles, popcorn and Fig Newtons.  At some point during my quest for satisfying snack foods, I discovered I really  liked dill pickles.  While they weren’t crunchy like a corn chip, they did give me the satisfaction of biting into something substantial.  What really won me over was the salty vinegar based brine!  Eventually I got to the point where I started keeping watch for near empty jars so I could toss the pickles and drink the brine.  It’s not as though I would drink the whole jar, THAT would be totally disgusting!  It was just a little shot.  Something to fill the salty void in my life!

Jalapeno Chicken Grilled Cheese with White BBQ Sauce

My addiction to vinegar has manifested into an obsession with hot sauce.  While I do love the spicy numbness that hot sauce inflicts upon my tongue, it’s the taste of vinegar that keeps me wanting more.   My mouth salivates when I merely utter the word “vinegar”.  I’ve trained myself like Pavlov’s dogs.

 

I stumbled upon this recipe for white bbq sauce a while back while I was searching for dinner ideas.  Subconsciously, my eyes zeroed in on the ingredients: one of which was vinegar.  I’ve had success with unique, homemade bbq sauce in the past.  I had high hopes for this sauce.

Jalapeno Chicken Grilled CheeseChicken seemed like a natural vehicle for this sauce.  I used rotisserie chicken to keep it simple.  I suppose it’s no surprise why I chose pickled jalapeños?  The Monterey Jack cheese keeps it creamy and tame. Be sure to serve some sauce on the side.  You are going to want to dip your sandwich in it, again, and again, and again.  You might just dip a ladle er, spoon in it and slurp it up!  Or wait, maybe that’s just me?

 

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Jalapeno Chicken Grilled Cheese with White BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Ciabbatta Bread. sliced
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken, shredded (about 3 cups)
  • ½ cup pickled jalapeno’s sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • White BBQ Sauce
  • Butter
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Prepare bbq sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat a grill pan or a skillet. Butter bread slices. Arrange bread (in batches if necessary) on the hot grill pan, buttered side down. Top with shredded chicken, 1-2 tablespoons of bbq sauce, 1-2 tablespoon shredded cheese, jalapano’s. Top with remaining buttered bread. Toast each side for about 3 minutes or until browned.
  3. Serve with bbq sauce on the side for dipping.
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BBQ sauce adapted from My Recipes

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54 Responses

  1. These grilled cheese sounds amazing! I really like the fact that you use a rotisserie chicken, so it makes prep so easy!

    • Rotisserie chicken is the BEST thing ever!! It’s made my life so much easier!

  2. Yum! I lhave yet to meet a grilled chicken sandwich I didn’t like. I will have to try the white BBQ sauce – sounds like a nice change!

    • It is a nice change! Thank you Raquel. I agree, I love grilled chicken sandwiches!

  3. Oh, my, I would love this! It would be a great way to get my jalapeno fix without impacting the rest of the family, because they are NOT on that bandwagon!

    • My kids won’t eat spicy food! I left the peppers off of their sandwiches, then we were all happy!

  4. I love vinegar too. This is right up my alley!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one Shiloh!

  5. This sounds delicious! I’m going to make these for dinner one night next week!

    • Thank you Julie! I can’t eat plain sandwiches anymore!

  6. Julie

    Let’s try this again :)

  7. Wow this sounds so tangy and wonderful! I adore adore adore vinegar. Did I mention I really like it? LOL. And, I also love the rotisserie chicken…. although they really need to re-name it the “oh dear, I forgot to pull the meat out of the freezer this morning chicken”. ;)

    • Hahaha, I totally agree about the chicken- a life saver!

  8. This is my kind of sandwich. Jalapenos, cheese, a fantastic sauce. I love it!

    I also love vinegar. This is a more recent thing as I didn’t like it too much when I was a kid. But now I love sour kraut, malt vinegar on fries, salt & vinegar chips. It’s so good!

    • I forgot about sauerkraut! I love that too! Oh man and malt vinegar and salt and vinegar chips! Yum!

  9. Whew, I definitely have to try this sauce. We love BBQ sauces and grilled cheese at our house….must try this combination of the two. Thanks for sharing!

  10. My love for vinegar started young also, because my father sprinkled it on so many things. This sauce and the sandwich combo sounds really good … a must try.

  11. Awesome Tanya. How did you know I get about one thousand jalapenos in my garden every year? LOVE this sandwich. PINNED.

    • Now I know where to go for fresh jalapeños! Save some for me Aimee!!

  12. I totally just made some homemade mayo yesterday and it is a bit runnier than normal–I am going to try your bbq sauce recipe!!! THANKS ! The sandwiches look too good to eat btw!

    • Sounds like this would be a great way to use up your mayo! Thank you for your very sweet comment about these sandwiches!

  13. I love everything about this sandwich Tanya, not to mention our shared love of pickle juice. (BTW, pickle juice is a great cure for muscle cramps. Who knew?) I’ve pinned this because I’m definitely going to make it this Summer. I have to find out about that white barbecue sauce. It sounds great!

    • Great tip John! I’m walking a half marathon this weekend, I’ll pickle juice handy!! You probably have fresh jalapenos for your sandwiches, just a guess. I hope you enjoy John!

  14. This sandwich looks incredible Tanya! I love everything you put on and that white bbq sauce…YUM!

  15. Yum! Pinning right now!

  16. This grilled cheese looks fabulous, the perfect summertime lunch! And the dipping sauce … Yes Please!

  17. This looks like one awesome sandwich! I had to chuckle at you drinking the pickle juice…my youngest does this all the time and it grosses me out! LOL!

    • I wish I could make one for you! And another for me!

    • I could eat the sauce with anything it’s that good!

    • Thank you Amanda! Ooh Grilled Cheese Acadamy! I’m there!

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