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.
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!
- 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
- Slice the onion, width-wise, thinly.
- Submerge the sliced onion in the buttermilk and set aside for about 30 minutes.
- Mix the four, salt and pepper in a large shallow bowl.
- Heat up the oil in the large pot, on medium high heat (or fryer).
- Take out the onion from the buttermilk and shake it off, lightly.
- Throw the onions in the flour, spread them out and toss in flour mixture.
- Fry the onion straws until golden brown.
- Spread them out on a paper towel to soak the excess oil.
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!
- 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)
- Preheat a large pan on medium heat and lightly grease it.
- Lay out the 2 slices of bread and top them off with half of the cheese slices.
- Slice the chicken tender in long strips and spread them out on top of the cheese.
- Top off the chicken with some haystack.
- Cover with the remaining cheese and then cover with remaining bread.
- 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).
- Top off the sandwich with some more haystack.
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