Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

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I’m pretty sure I could never marry someone who didn’t like spicy food. It would be an absolute disaster. I almost cried in the grocery store the other day because I saw that Frank’s RedHot had a buffalo wing sauce… AND a “spicy” buffalo wing sauce. WAIT. Isn’t all Frank’sRedHot supposed to be spicy?? It has “HOT” right there in the name for goodness sake. And isn’t all buffalo sauce supposed to be spicy?? At least a little bit?? I would have understood if it was labeled as “extra spicy,” perhaps, but “spicy buffalo sauce” just sounds redundant to me. But maybe I’ve just lived a very sheltered life.

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’m already nervous for the day we have children and they say, “ew, that’s spicy!” to everything. Does anyone know any young children who love spicy food? Is it bad if I force-feed my children until they enjoy it? I digress.

Buffalo wings are 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. AND if you can’t get into spicy, just buy Frank’s RedHot buffalo wing sauce (not the spicy one!). I’m sure that would work just as well here.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese (makes 2):
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  • 2 C shredded chicken (to make it easy, use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/4-1/2 C hot sauce (I love Frank’s RedHot and especially their Xtra Hot)
  • 6 oz. light cream cheese
  • 1/3 C crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 C chopped celery
  • 4 slices good crusty bread
  • 6 small slices of your choice of cheese (I used Cabot’s Hot Buffalo Wing Cheddar)
  • 1 T butter

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There’s absolutely nothing difficult about making this 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 when I get home from work.

I used a rotisserie chicken that I had just picked up at Market Basket (seriously get one EVERY time I go) and shredded it up into a bowl. I mixed in the Frank’s RedHot. You can do this ahead of time and pop in the fridge to chill.

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Mix together the cream cheese, blue cheese, and celery in a separate bowl and put in the fridge to chill.

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Butter one side of each of your slices of bread.

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On a medium-hot griddle or frying pan, place your bread slices butter-side down.

Generously slather cream cheese/blue cheese mixture on top of each slice.

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On two of the bread slices, pile on some buffalo chicken and layer a few slices of cheese on top of it. You can use any kind of cheese, but I love that Cabot’s Hot Buffalo Wing Cheddar adds an extra buffalo zing. The more the better!

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Now place chicken-less bread slices on top of chicken bread slice and press down.

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

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And serve!

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I’m pretty sure you will be obsessed with this sandwich. It combines everything awesome about buffalo wings in between two buttery slices of bread. Judging from Chris’s reaction, he put this grilled cheese near the top of his favorite things I’ve made list.

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When I first told him what I was making, he was mad that I was only making him one. Seriously. After he ate his sandwich, I asked if he wanted me to make him another and he claimed he was 100% satisfied and happy. Sure, the typical grilled cheese may be wimpy, but this is certainly not your typical grilled cheese. You can quote me on that one.

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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.

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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.

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My only regret is that I didn’t make extras and pack them as lunches to bring to work for the week. Because this could make every single one of my days infinitely times better than average.

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You can rest assured that for as long as We are not Martha exists, I’ll be creating new grilled cheeses. Sometimes I feel like every standalone meal I enjoy could be made into the perfect grilled cheese. My one struggle is Thai food and determining what kind of cheese to match it with. Because I’m seriously craving some hot Thai beef basil in between two slices of crusty bread.

Which of your favorite meals would you want to turn into a grilled cheese?


21 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!
    and just so you know, you can feed your kids anything that you eat. They grow up loving it. Look at indian food. Im sure moms making vindaloo for dinner dont make a version for the baby. LOL. Or am i just a crazy puerto rican???
    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. 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. 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

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