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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Two of life’s most delicious foods are combined into one perfect sandwich with this Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese. With a creamy blue cheese spread and plenty of spicy chicken and sharp cheddar cheese, you’ll be craving this sandwich for both lunch and dinner! 

(This recipe for Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese was originally posted in November 2012, but the post has been updated with new photos and content.)

Two halves of a buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich stacked on each other on a gray plate with bottle of Frank's Red Hot in the background and "Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese" text at top

I’m pretty sure I could never have married someone who didn’t like spicy food. It would be an absolute disaster. We would probably have constant fights about what I was making for dinner and why he didn’t want to go out for Thai or Indian food and how I put too many jalapeños in his cocktail again. Ugh. Lucky for me, my husband likes SPICY. In fact, he likes food about 10 times spicier than even I can handle. And I can handle a lot. It makes me all emotional when I think about how I met and married my perfect spice match and how life is so much easier since I don’t have to make us two different meals or sacrifice my love of spicy for his fear. I know this probably sounds all kinds of silly, but food is obviously quite important in my life and this is one of those little things that counts. Also, it’s bad enough my husband won’t eat beets (maybe if I made them ridiculously spicy?? Hmmm).

Buffalo wings are one of Chris’s favorite foods and really, one of the best foods of all time. But once you have your favorite recipe for them (my parents’), it’s tough to get too creative. So, you crave the flavor, but want to do something a little different. Enter buffalo chicken grilled cheese. I combined my favorite things about buffalo wings- the chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese, and celery– and eliminated the worst– the chicken bones. Life may never be the same. This sandwich has quickly become one of my very favorites as it’s absolutely packed with flavor and the perfect amount of spice.

BUFFALO CHICKEN GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE

There’s absolutely nothing difficult about making this grilled cheese and it’s the perfect “I don’t feel like cooking tonight, but can’t spend any more money on takeout and am not in the mood for any of it anyway” meal. Which is the kind of meal I need basically every night after a long day of work. You can certainly sauté chicken breasts (or thighs) and then shred them up, but I recommend buying a rotisserie chicken for total ease. If you use a rotisserie chicken for this grilled cheese, it will take you absolutely no time to make!

All you need to do is toss your shredded chicken with some hot sauce: I prefer Frank’s Red Hot, but use whatever best suits your taste for spiciness. And then mix together cream cheese, blue cheese, and celery for an out-of-this-world spread for your bread. Layer everything on some nice crusty bread, top with some slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and “grill” away.

Collage showing process of making buffalo chicken grilled cheese, including cream cheese blue cheese spread being mixed and being spread on bread and bread with spread, chicken, and cheese on griddle

Cabot also makes a really great Hot Buffalo Wing Cheddar if you really want to amp up the buffalo flavor here.

You’ll want to cook the sandwich for a couple minutes on each side, until bread gets nice and toasty and cheese gets melty.

Two halves of a buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich stacked on each other on a gray plate with bottle of Frank's Red Hot in the background

I’m pretty sure you will be obsessed with this sandwich. It combines everything awesome about buffalo wings in between two buttery cheesy slices of bread. You won’t be surprised to hear that Chris put this grilled cheese near the top of his favorite things I’ve made list.

When I first told him I was making buffalo chicken grilled cheese, he was mad that I was only making him one sandwich. Seriously. But after he ate this, he said he was completely satisfied and happy. Sure, the typical grilled cheese may be wimpy, but this is buffalo chicken version is certainly not your typical grilled cheese. You can quote me on that one.

Landscape photo of two halves of buffalo chicken grilled cheese stacked on each other on gray plate with potato chips on plate and juice and Frank's Red Hot bottle in background

If you’re sick of making buffalo wings for your football watching party every weekend, I think this is the perfect substitute. You could even cut the sandwiches into smaller bites to a delightful appetizer.

Of course, this grilled cheese is quite the messy affair, but that’s half the fun of it. Have you ever been able to eat a serving of buffalo wings without an extra stack of napkins on standby? I think not. This sandwich isn’t quite that bad. It’s just ooey-gooey and everything a good grilled cheese sandwich should be. Oh, and it goes perfectly with potato chips. With ruffles, of course.

Four halves of buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich all stacked on each other on a gray plate with bottle of Frank's Red Hot in the background

My only regret is that I didn’t make extras and pack them as lunches to bring to work for the week. But luckily, it’s so ridiculously easy to make that I know there will be plenty more buffalo chicken grilled cheeses in my future.

Do you like spicy? Is your significant other a good spice match for you?

For more buffalo chicken inspired meals, check out my Buffalo Chicken Pizza and my Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta.

5 from 2 votes
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese -- Two of life's most delicious foods are combined into one perfect sandwich with this Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese. With a creamy blue cheese spread and plenty of spicy chicken and sharp cheddar cheese, you'll be craving this sandwich for both lunch and dinner | wearenotmartha.com
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
26 mins
 

Two of life's most delicious foods are combined into one perfect sandwich with this Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese. With a creamy blue cheese spread and plenty of spicy chicken and sharp cheddar cheese, you'll be craving this sandwich for both lunch and dinner! 

Course: Entree, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo, grilled cheese, sandwich
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce (I recommend Frank's Red Hot)
  • 6 oz. light cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 slices good crusty bread
  • 6 slices sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Place shredded chicken in a medium bowl and mix with hot sauce.

  2. In a separate medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, blue cheese, and celery in a separate bowl.

  3. Butter one side of each of your slices of bread. Flip bread over and generously slather cream cheese/blue cheese mixture on top of each slice. On two of the bread slices, divide buffalo chicken and layer a few slices of cheese on top of it.

  4. Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium heat. Place slices of bread with buffalo chicken on griddle butter-side-down and top with remaining bread slices, butter-side-up.

  5. Cook for a couple minutes on each side, until bread gets nice and toasty and cheese gets melty.

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24 Responses to "Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese"

  1. I would definitely make this with tofu vs. chicken – I love Buffalo sauce! I’m actually planning on turning tofu Parm into a grilled cheese sandwich tomorrow night. I figured cheese, sauce and butter can’t be a bad combination!

  2. I looove that Cabot buffalo cheese. It’s so hard to find in my area though. This sandwich looks amazing – I love buffalo anything!

  3. Melissa says:

    I could be Thanksgiving dinner full and the smell of Buffalo sauce would make my mouth water. I think this may be my dream sandwich. I would eat them until I became Thanksgiving dinner full.

  4. Monique says:

    I love this! This looks like a great sandwich. My boyfriend is a true carnivore. Whenever i cook for him, his main concern is “will there be meat?”. This looks like a winner… although my greedy BF might want two. lol.
    The other day, i came home STARVING. and i had a roll of ritz crackers on hand. I looked in the fridge and saw shredded mozz and some marinara sauce. I heated the cheese and sauce and made a “dip” for the crackers. it was remniscent of a deep dish pizza. can i have that in a sandwich? lol with peppers and olives please.

  5. I was just thinking of making a buffalo wing sauce dip for an upcoming party but I might just make this grilled cheese instead! We share the same love for spice, and I admit I do have a slight obsession with Frank’s (and srirracha, and Tabasco….)

  6. this makes me laugh because my husband likes food hotter than hot- so hot i can’t handle it. since i don’t cook that way because i get spiced out, he compensates by adding hot sauce to some foods and getting really spicy things at restaurants. bummer cause then we can’t share! but recently i discovered some hot sauce that i do like- a citrusy-jalapeno wing sauce that was awesome. caaaahrazy!

  7. Ashley says:

    Is it too much to ask if we can be grilled cheese best friends? Because I love grilled cheese, I love spicy food, and I love all the grilled cheese variations you’ve been offering us. Keep ’em coming, please! I will try them all!
    I love the fabric beneath the plate in your photos, by the way. Beautiful!

  8. Gia Grossman says:

    Well, I could probably eat 12 of these. At once. It’s like a dream come true!!

  9. Jeannie says:

    I love spicy food too and that sandwich has all my favorite ingredients!

  10. Kerry @ Snarkn & Pepper says:

    Wait… there is a buffalo wing flavored CHEESE? How did I not know this??

  11. Shannon says:

    how awesome to turn this into a sandwich 🙂 had no idea that there was a buffalo cheddar either!

  12. This looks incredible. I need more buffalo chicken in my life!

  13. Gia Grossman says:

    What a good idea! I clearly need to get that cheese too. and make this sandwich for football sunday. Rotiserrie chickens are my crack!

  14. Susan says:

    Looks delicious, Sues, and a delicious grilled cheese rendition. My favorite, upgraded grilled cheese is a Tuna Melt!

  15. Rachel says:

    Well I made this last night and let me just tell you – perfect! I had a little bit of creamy coleslaw on the side but was totally full off one gooey, perfectly spicey sandwich. I’ll definitely be adding this to the list of “things I can’t live without thanks to WANM blog”. Plus I can use my leftover rotisserie chicken for the avocado chicken salad 😉

  16. Therese (getpartychic.com) says:

    I love your blog!! Seriously, it’s like you know my innermost cravings.

    It’s my birthday this weekend and to celebrate, I’m going to the cheap and trendy grilled cheese place that I’ve been wanting to try. Think I might get one with pesto and turkey. 🙂

  17. I am so pumped about this sandwich! I have a panini press and this would be great in it. I love love buffalo chicken and now I can eat it in a sandwich oozing with blue cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Meghan says:

    Comfort food perfection!

  19. peachkins says:

    WOW! This is my kind of grilled cheese sandwich!

  20. Sarah says:

    My boyfriend is obsessed with Frank’s Red Hot. I always keep it in my fridge. He puts it on eggs, sandwiches – everything! I make their Buffalo Chicken Dip for football parties and potlucks – always a hit. I’ll have to remember to make this sandwich now too.

  21. Laura says:

    Well.. I have Puerto Rican decent (background) and my mom has Jamaican decent (background) and we have Mexican decent – but we are from the UK.. Though im obsessed with America, Puerto Rico and anywhere that makes real spicy food.. man i love spicy food to the point my nose is running 😀 my mom cant do as much spice as me.. she mostly likes sweet and sour chilli stuff where as i love all kinds of jalapeños / jalapenos i dont like to have a glass of water or milk. i have fizzy drinks cos it bites it more .. i dont want it to cool it down! haha people think im crazy on how HOT i love it im crazy about it.. I love Extra hot Mexicana cheese that we have in our big stores(: i coat everything in it.. now we dont have food that the Americans have .. we only have some or our own versions (sucks!) .. but! i wanna try this sandwich right here! .. looks so good! .. i hate change! I have Autism Spectrum Disorders .. but il have anything spicy! apart from curry .. i dont like the texture. but this sandwich im having!! i might even make it with my cheese.. i love it hotter and spicier than the hottest and spicest thing in the world:D

  22. Nellie Tracy says:

    Perfect amount of spice while still being the best comfort food ever!

  23. Susanne says:

    My husband LOVES Buffalo sauce so when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to make it for him. It was a huge hit! We’ll be having them again really soon!

  24. This is such a great idea, especially for a summer meal to not use the oven! I always comment to my husband that I can’t imagine if I had married somebody who didn’t eat all different foods…I probably wouldn’t have! Food is my love language!

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