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Cowboy Barbecue Chicken Grilled Cheese

Boost this ooey, gooey grilled cheese by adding saucy cooked chicken to the filling. Using two heavy skillets creates a homemade sandwich press, ensuring crisply golden sandwiches with fully melted cheese. A combination of cheeses is especially delicious—experiment with easy melters like Swiss, Colby, Havarti, Muenster, fontina, or Gouda.

Servings 1
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced, then chopped
  • 1 cup chopped or shredded Just Bare Chicken*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried barbecue rub seasoning
  • 1/2 cup smoky barbecue sauce
  • 4 slices firm sourdough or rye bread (1/4-inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup shredded Provolone, Havarti, or Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Nutrition Facts

Serving 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1055 Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 68g 87%
Saturated Fat 35g 175%
Trans Fat 2g 175%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 57g
Calcium 66%Iron 29%
Vitamin C 11%Vitamin A 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Heat oil in a heavy large skillet (cast-iron is best) over medium-high heat. Sauté onion about 4 minutes or until very tender. Stir in chicken, sauce, and barbecue seasoning. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until hot. Remove from skillet to a small bowl. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel; keep skillet hot over medium heat. Heat a second skillet of similar size over medium-high heat.
  2. Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter; lay butter-side down on work surface. Sprinkle 2 slices of bread with half of cheese; spoon half of chicken mixture on top of cheese. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; top with remaining slices of bread. Butter tops of sandwiches.
  3. Place sandwiches in hot skillet; place second skillet (bottom-down) on top of the sandwiches (if it’s not cast-iron, weight it down with a couple of cans from your pantry.)
  4. Cook sandwiches over medium heat for 5 minutes or until you hear melting cheese sizzling in pan. Gently remove top skillet, using a spatula if needed to be sure the sandwich isn’t sticking. Serve sandwiches immediately.


*Or use any leftover cooked Just Bare® chicken, from a home-roasted chicken or grilled chicken.


To cook 4 to 6 sandwiches at the same time, heat the oven to 400˚F.  Double or triple the amount of filling, depending on how many sandwiches you want to make. Preheat two large rimmed baking sheets (half-sheet pans.) Arrange filled sandwiches on one baking pan, then top with the second hot baking sheet—weighing it down with a heavy oven-safe skillet. Bake about 20 minutes or until sandwiches are golden brown and cheese is melted.