Grown Up BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese #MealsTogether

Why do the kids get to have all the fun food?? I think that adults should have some fun and delicious food as well. Don’t you agree? For that reason, I created this fabulous “grown up” BBQ chicken grilled cheese! My husband and I love grilled cheese as much as any  kid, but we also enjoy an array of flavors, therefore, I came up with this flavorful adult version of grilled cheese.


If you are thinking: “what is an adult version of grilled cheese?” You are not alone… hubby was confused too.

Me: “Honey, I’m going to make some grown up grilled cheeses for us, for lunch!”

Him: “Umm, grown up grilled cheese?”

Me: “Yes, you know, an adult version of a grilled cheese.”

Him: “Adult version? Are you going to inject it with vodka?”

Me (…after I was done rolling on the floor laughing): “Noooo, I’m going to make and awesome grilled cheese but with ingredients that kids are usually to picky to eat, so it’s for grown ups!”

Him: “Oooooh, good, ‘coz I don’t think vodka would be very good in grilled cheese.”


I knew that I wanted to used smoked white cheddar cheese and BBQ chicken for this sandwich but I wasn’t sure what else to include. I called hubby and asked him what he usually associated with BBQ chicken and he told me slaw, of course. Well, I already made BBQ Chicken Sliders with slaw and I wanted to try something different. Then, he brought up HAYSTACK! Of course!! Duh! Haystack would be perfect!

If you don’t know what a haystack is, it’s thinly sliced fried onion straws! It is possibly the best garnish and topper for burgers and most all sandwiches. I learned an awesome way of making the haystack while working at Bennigans, many moons ago. I will share the haystack recipe with you first. It’s really, very easy!

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Haystack - Thin Fried Onion Straws


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • salt, pepper
  • About 2-3 cups of vegetable oil for frying


  1. Slice the onion, width-wise, thinly.
  2. Submerge the sliced onion in the buttermilk and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  3. Mix the four, salt and pepper in a large shallow bowl.
  4. Heat up the oil in the large pot, on medium high heat (or fryer).
  5. Take out the onion from the buttermilk and shake it off, lightly.
  6. Throw the onions in the flour, spread them out and toss in flour mixture.
  7. Fry the onion straws until golden brown.
  8. Spread them out on a paper towel to soak the excess oil.
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Now, we move onto the BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese. Since it was a quick lunch, I decided to use the Tyson BBQ Chicken tenders for this sandwich. I tried this chicken for the first time at our Superbowl party and it was such a hit with everyone, that I bought it a few times since then. While I was making the haystack, the chicken was cooking in the oven. Then just assemble the sandwich and enjoy the deliciousness!

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Grown Up BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese


  • 2 Tyson BBQ chicken tenders
  • 4 slices of marble rye bread
  • 5 oz of thinly sliced, Smoked White cheddar cheese
  • Haystack from above (inside and to top)


  1. Preheat a large pan on medium heat and lightly grease it.
  2. Lay out the 2 slices of bread and top them off with half of the cheese slices.
  3. Slice the chicken tender in long strips and spread them out on top of the cheese.
  4. Top off the chicken with some haystack.
  5. Cover with the remaining cheese and then cover with remaining bread.
  6. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side (you may have to cover it for a few minutes for the cheese to melt better).
  7. Top off the sandwich with some more haystack.
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  1. Hi Lyuba! That looks soooo good! Marble bread is my favorite but a bit hard to find here! Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, I’m sorry :( My whole family loves marble bread but it seems to be in every store here.
      Hope you try it anyway and enjoy it :)

  2. My mouth is watering! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing! It’s been pinned. Have a great weekend!

  3. This looks incredible! I’ll take your adult version over the original any day!

  4. Wow, I think yum is the only good word to use! Thanks for sharing this recipe and am pinning! Have a great weekend!

  5. I love experimenting with grilled cheese. However, I’ve never tried BBQ chicken grilled cheese. What a fantastic idea!

    Stopping by from I Should Be Mopping The Floor. I’d love for you to stop by my Marvelous Mondays party this evening!

    Have a wonderful afternoon.

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  6. That looks amazing!

  7. Oh my goodness this looks soo good! I can’t wait to try these. What a great lunch or dinner:) I am pinning these!

  8. i love fancified grilled cheese! yum!

  9. haha.. My husband would soo have said the same thing. That’s hilarious! These adult grilled cheese sandwiches look amazing. But I am also a sucker for anything “BBQ chicken”. Great recipe.

  10. These look amazing! I love grown up grilled cheese! I found this post from Showcase Your Talent Thursday’s!

  11. This can’t possibly get any better.oh my!!! My mouth is watering!!! Thank You Lyuba

  12. These look so, so good. Yes, grown ups deserve fun foods too! Love this and can’t wait to try them out on my husband.

  13. WOW! That looks like something I would order in a restaurant!


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