BBQ Chicken Pineapple Grilled Cheese Recipe

This BBQ Chicken Pineapple Grilled Cheese sandwich combines the tangy sweetness of BBQ sauce and pineapple with the sharpness of cheddar, all melted together between slices of crispy bread. It’s a gourmet twist on the classic grilled cheese that’s perfect for a hearty lunch or a casual dinner. Here’s how to make it:


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • One cup of sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, separated.
  • 8 slices thick-sliced bread, such as sourdough
  • Two cups of extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated using the largest setting.
  • Twelve thinly sliced pineapple strips (you can also use thinly sliced canned pineapple).
  • Butter, for spreading
  • Nonstick spray, for cooking


  1. Prepare the Chicken:
    • Cook the chicken breasts until fully done. You can either grill, bake, or pan-fry them according to your preference. Once cooked, let them cool slightly and then shred or chop the meat finely.
    • In a bowl, mix the shredded chicken with about ¾ cup of the BBQ sauce, ensuring the chicken is well-coated.
  2. Assemble the Sandwiches:
    • Spread butter on one side of every slice of bread. These buttered sides will be the outer parts of the sandwich to achieve a golden, crispy finish.
    • Flip the slices over and brush the other sides with the remaining BBQ sauce.
    • On four slices of the bread (BBQ sauce side up), evenly distribute the grated cheddar cheese.
    • Arrange the BBQ chicken over the cheese, then lay the pineapple strips on top of the chicken.
    • Top with an additional layer of cheese before covering with another slice of bread, buttered side up.
  3. Grill the Sandwiches:
    • Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Place the sandwiches in the skillet, pressing them down slightly with a spatula.
    • Cook until the bread is golden brown and crispy, and the cheese has started to melt, about 3-4 minutes per side. You may need to adjust the heat to prevent the bread from burning while allowing enough time for the cheese to melt thoroughly.
  4. Serve:
    • Once cooked, remove the sandwiches from the skillet. Let them sit for a minute before cutting, allowing the cheese to set slightly, which makes them less messy to eat.
    • Cut each sandwich in half and serve while hot.


  • Cheese Varieties: While extra sharp cheddar provides a nice bite against the sweet BBQ sauce, you can also use Monterey Jack or mozzarella for a milder flavor.
  • BBQ Sauce Options: Choose a BBQ sauce that complements your taste; anything from honey BBQ to a more traditional smoky sauce works well, depending on how sweet or spicy you like your sandwich.
  • Adding Extras: For an even more flavorful sandwich, consider adding a slice of cooked bacon or a sprinkle of chopped cilantro inside the sandwich for added texture and taste.


This BBQ Chicken Pineapple Grilled Cheese sandwich is an indulgent and satisfying meal that perfectly blends a variety of flavors and textures. Whether you’re making a quick dinner or serving up a unique lunch, this sandwich is sure to impress with its delightful combination of sweet, savory, and cheesy elements. Enjoy the comfort of a grilled cheese with the added bonus of BBQ chicken and pineapple for a truly special dish.