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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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After the success of turning jalapeño poppers into grilled cheese sandwiches (aka the jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich) I was wondering what other dishes I could turn into grilled cheese sandwiches. The basic idea is to take all of the flavours of a food that I am already totally into and use them in a grilled cheese sandwich. It did not take me too long to think of something perfect and it is interesting that it is also classic bar food, buffalo chicken wings, which are also one of my favourites. Buffalo chicken wings are chicken wings that are tossed in a spicy hot sauce and they are commonly served with a side of carrot and celery sticks with a blue cheese dip.

I knew exactly where I was going to start with the buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich and that was with a quick buffalo chicken salad. I made the buffalo chicken salad by mixing shredded chicken with some mayo, carrots, celery, red onion and and a healthy dose of hot sauce. From there I built in the grilled cheese aspects with sour dough bread, some cheddar cheese which melts nicely and a touch of blue cheese to get the dips flavours into the sandwich. I was also thinking that I could use some blue cheese dip in place of the mayo and the blue cheese but I wanted some nice chunks of blue cheese in the sandwich so that they would melt and get all nice and creamy and good. All that remained was to grill the sandwich up until the outside was golden brown and the cheese had melted. (Tip: One trick to help make sure that cheese melts nicely in a grilled cheese is to bring it up to room temperature before you grill the sandwich.)

I have to say that the buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich exceeded all of my expectations and I promptly devoured it! You really cannot go wrong with a spicy filling encased in melted, ooey, gooey cheese all wrapped up in a buttery lightly toasted bread! I particularly liked the way the buffalo chicken flavours came through and they were definitely made even better by being in a grilled cheese sandwich. I served the buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich with a side of carrot and celery sticks with some blue cheese dip.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich

All of the flavours of buffalo chicken wings rolled up into a golden brown grilled cheese sandwich.


Servings: makes 1 sandwich

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup cooked shredded chicken, warm
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon mayo (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon carrot, grated
  • 1 tablespoon celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon green or red onion, sliced or diced
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese, room temperature, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, room temperature, grated
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
Directions
  1. Mix the chicken, hot sauce, mayo, carrot, celery and onion in a small bowl.
  2. Butter the outside of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheeses on the inside of one slice of bread, top with the buffalo chicken salad, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the sandwich and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Secrets on how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich revealed.

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74 comments:

Bev Weidner said...

Oh. My. God.

I'm all over this.

polwig said...

My husband would love this since he is a buffalo chicken fanatic, being from upstate ny means it runs in his veins and of course everyone loves grilled cheese.

rooth said...

This is absolutely fantastic! My bf is from Buffalo and I know he'll love this!

Joanne said...

Heaven. On. A. Plate.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Wow that's just amazing! I recently turned a caprese salad into a grilled cheese sandwich and it was lovely. Can't wait to try this and see if you come up with any more grilled cheese inspirations!

Anonymous said...

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yummy supper said...

OMG! This sandwich looks dangerously good:)
-Erin

Ellie said...

Excellent!! I have my Franks Hot Sauce ready :)

Mav said...

Dude, you have some of the most delicious-looking food in your blog that I have ever seen.

This looks magical.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Bravo!

Erika @ The Teenage Taste said...

WOW! I've been putting hot sauce on my grilled cheese sandwiches for as long as I can remember, but this brings the grilled cheese to a whole new level!

Indolent Reader said...

Oh man.... I was about to go to bed but now I don't think I can sleep until I have stuffed my face full of cheese melted between two slices of bread with.... something. I can't quite replicate this right now, but cheese & Branston Pickle should do it.

Kristina @ spabettie said...

this looks perfect. I can taste it already.

Sandi said...

You have a GIFT!

Jeannie D said...

Kevin! Just discovered your blog while looking for a tequila lime shrimp recipe...stumbled onto this recipe which my college bound son will flip for! Gotta get the ingredients right now...Great site!

Marnely Rodriguez said...

This looks AMAZING! Perfect for a Sunday lunch!

Jen H said...

wGood lord that sounds ridiculously good. We are a bit Buffalo Chicken obsessed in my house. See my Buffalo chicken nachos
http://piccantedolce.blogspot.com/2011/02/superbowl-eats-buffalo-chicken-nachos.html

buffalo chicken lasagna
http://piccantedolce.blogspot.com/2010/11/love-4-lasagna-buffalo-chicken-lasagna.html

AND buffalo chicken pizza
http://piccantedolce.blogspot.com/2009/07/t-buffalo-chicken-pizza.html

So it just makes sense to try out your buffalo chicken grilled cheese. YUM!s

MacKenzie Smith said...

I made this sandwich last October on my site Grilled Cheese Social. Mine's a little different but it's the same exact concept. It's great. http://www.grilledcheesesocial.com/2010/10/blue-buffalo.html

Chad said...

good stuff, I'm gonna share it with our customers @buffalonutskick, they love the buffalo recipes

mindy b. said...

Stumbled across this on Pinterest and cannot wait to make it! Mmm ...

Sonia - L'Exquisit said...

Kevin, as always, one of your sandwiches I've tasted and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

Wende said...

OMG!! This sounds and looks so good...

I shared this recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post yesterday...

http://therickettchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/08/must-try-tuesday-august-23-2011.html

Thanks for sharing!

Wende

samjahor said...

One of the best ways to spice up this excellent dish is to serve it with asparagus and hollandaise sauce. I experimented with fried and then baked sweet potatoes too and they both offset the spicy chicken really well. Hope you like the ideas

Sam

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Sarah @ a Dash and a Pinch said...

Be still my heart. I had no idea there were so many creative ways to incorporate my favorite foods (chicken wings!) into every day dishes!! Thanks!

Nyssa Tan said...

I saw this recipe and just stared at the picture for a good minute. GENIUS!

Shan Cait said...

As always, looks super delicious! I would love to know how you prepare your bread for grilling because you always get such a great golden brown! Do you butter the bread? butter the pan? low heat? high heat? I think you could do a whole post just on your bread grilling techniques because they always look so good!

Kevin said...

Shan Cait: I am planning on doing a post about how I grill my sandwiches! For now: I like to heat the pan to medium, melt some butter in it until it is sizzling and starting to brown, reduce the heat to one notch below medium, add one piece of bread and swirl it around in the butter, top it with the fillings and the second slice of bread, buttered. From there it is just a matter of flipping after the one side is golden brown and then grilling the other side.

Avid Reeder said...

I made these last night and they're awesome!! Definitely a 5/5 crowd-pleaser. I'll be a little more sparing on the mayo this time around (maybe 1/2 tablespoon instead of a full one).

Woo!

Kevin said...

Avid Reeder: Glad you enjoyed them. 1/2 tablespoon of mayo is what I use.

chekmarkeats.com said...

I like my grilled cheese's plain and simple. Never thought I'd change my mind about that but this looks great!

Anonymous said...

I made pulled chicken just to try this recipe. It was really super!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! If you are into grilled cheese (and who isn't) and are looking for some awesome inspiration, check out the online menu for a restaurant called MELT Bar & Grilled. Trust me, it's worth taking a few minutes to look at, you won't be disappointed! I try and copycat their menu all the time! Definitely inspiring!

Sara said...

Made this for dinner tonight - it was AWESOME! We used a bit of ranch instead of mayo. Thanks for the great recipe!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Their menu does look good! Thanks!

abby Buss said...

I made this into a quesadilla! thanks for sharing it was delish!!

Anonymous said...

Just made it, and just ate it. Was absolutely amazing, used franks red hot sauce, not sure what you used but damn definately making it again!

Anonymous said...

I never leave comments, but I made this tonight and it was awesome. I may just have to make another one before bed. It was that good.

Everything Awesome About Food said...

You're a genius!! I'm going to have to try this :D

Zola the Gorgon said...

Can someone please enlighten this New Zealander?

I see 'Buffalo' applied to many things: chips, wings and now chicken, what relationship is there between buffaloes and chicken - or are they just good friends?

Anonymous said...

@zola: Buffalo Wings originated in the city of Buffalo, New York. Hence the name. It's a spicy flavor based on cayenne pepper.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Thanks!

@Zola the Gorgon: Here is the wikipedia article: Buffalo Wings

DUVS said...

I'm a very inexperienced cook so I'm not sure if it's obvious to everyone else, but... when you say cooked chicken do you just mean baked?

Kevin said...

DUVS: Any kind of cooked chicken will work. I often use leftover chicken for this sandwich but if you do not have any then you could poach or roast some chicken, either whole or just the breast etc. Another easy way to do it is to pick up one of those pre-cooked rotisserie chickens at the grocery store and shred the meat.

Lisa Rhodes Lamer said...

I think I'm the only one in Western NY that doesn't like Buffalo Wings.... :) but this looks yummy....

Allison said...

Found this via Pinterest last week and made it this weekend. DELICIOUS!

Lauren said...

Making these tonight and I can't wait, my mouth has been watering all day!!:)

Rebecca W said...

YES!!! Ate these for dinner and they were fabulous. Eating again for lunch tomorrow. YUMMO.

Chrissy said...

I stumbled upon this recipe a few days ago. What a great way to use up some leftover turkey! It was delicious. Thanks!

heather marie said...

Would this work with ranch instead of bleu cheese? Or maybe cheddar cheese?

Anonymous said...

Simply Amazing! While waiting for the chicken to cook I mixed the other ingrediants together.. It was fantastic and would make a great dip. We ate so much of it we had to make it again and then add the chicken.

Kevin said...

heather marie: You could just omit the blue cheese or replace it with more cheddar or some goat cheese. The ranch also sounds like a good idea.

heather marie said...

The ranch might work. Just something to balance out the spiciness of the chicken. I'm in the process of moving and need easy meals because everything is packed, so this is on my "to make" list, haha.

Jaime Mixen said...

Made this tonight and my boyfriend had THREE of them!! We omitted the celery, blue cheese, and carrots. We also mixed the shredded cheddar in with the chicken mixture, AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

We made this today for lunch. We added extra hot sauce (3 TB for two sandwiches). It was a slam dunk. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I'm pregnant and I just found heaven. OMG my stomach actually hurts right now I got so hungry instantly. Off to make these sandwiches and some buffalo chicken dip (my recipe) and some tater skins. I'm gonna gain 1000 pounds with this kid but it's gonna be a spicy food loving baby.

marci said...

Just made this and- Yowza that's good! Bonus points for easy-ness, esp. since I just used some chicken left over from another meal!

Anonymous said...

Made these for my boyfriend, and he seems to love them. I tried some of the chicken salad and loved it. I think I'm going to adapt it into some other recipes as well. Overall a great find! Thanks a bunch! :)

Molly Garrison said...

Wow, that sounds just amazing!It would be good with added pepper jack cheese, and definitely franks red hot as the hot sauce of choice. Making me hungry!!!

Amanda said...

Found the Buffalo Chickane Grilled Cheese recipe on Pinterest' and made them for dinner tonight. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Traycee said...

I found this on Pinterest & made it last night! Hubby & Son asked for it again tonight! Thanks for making me look like a Rockstar!!

Traycee said...

I found this on Pinterest and made it last night. Hy hubby & son asked for it again for dinner tonight! Thanks for making me look like a Rockstar!

Modern Marvel said...

This is fantastic--just made it and we loved it. I really want another one but I'm going to try to have willpower.

Sybil said...

My sis uses canned chicken for her buffalo chicken dip (via crockpot) & it works well; I'll have to try this recipe! I've heard people making buffalo mac-n-cheese, too!

Mjoy63 said...

I made these last night... They looked so good and my hubby and I both love buffalo chicken but neither of us cared for the grilled cheese. The combo just didn't work. We both felt yucky after :(

Anonymous said...

amazing! I have had it a couple of times...silly question but do you know the calorie count to this?

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Tried it without the cheese and was still delicious. My fiancé is a picky eater and devoured it as well!

Anonymous said...

I know what's for dinner tonight--we just love buffalo chicken anything--cant wait

Bakeca Incontri Roma said...

Great! I love this recipe!

Anonymous said...

I finally made this just now and it's OMG amazing! Buffalo chicken is the best. I can't handle a lot of heat so I added a tbsp of cream cheese to the chicken/hot sauce mix and it's perfect! I might try Ranch next time, so good.

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Good call on using cream cheese to tame the heat! Ranch would also work well and ranch is a good substitute for those that do not like blue cheese.

laurasmess.me said...

Oh wow. This sandwich looks absolutely amazing. We don't really eat buffalo chicken over here in Australia but I like the sound of the combination of flavours. Oh, and Kevin, I also live in a closet (or as I say, shoebox) sized kitchen with a temperamental oven. Small kitchen owners unite!

Anonymous said...

I tried a very similar recipe and had spectacular results! At the time I used day-old turkey left from thanksgiving, along with jalapeno hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, cream cheese, and lots of shredded Monterrey jack. Surprisingly delicious!

wade@avoiceformyson.com said...

I bet this would be good in a quesadilla to.

Steph Brooks said...

Eating as we speak! I altered the recipe a bit just to make it more simple. Soooooo good

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