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 published in November 2012, but the post has been updated with new photos and content.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese
- 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
- Place shredded chicken in a medium bowl and mix with hot sauce.
- In a separate medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, blue cheese, and celery in a separate bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cook for a couple minutes on each side, until bread gets nice and toasty and cheese gets melty.