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Avocado Roasted Chicken Grill cheese with spicy tomato sauce

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Grill cheese. It is the classic staple for lunch or dinner and is almost impossible to mess up. With that said, because it so common, grill cheese can tend to lean itself to the boring side. This should not be so! With a little creativity grill cheese sandwiches can be transformed into a undeniably amazing main course.

Take this Spinach and Artichoke Grill Cheese I found on pinterest- genius I have to say

Or what about a sweet version of the classic with this beauty Brie and Roasted Grape Grill Cheese.

When I was pregnant with both of my boys there were only two things I craved the most- chick fil a chicken salad sandwiches and grill cheese. I swear I could and most probably did eat a grill cheese at least once a day for 9 months and I have been known to swipe a few bites from my son’s plate before he even had a chance to blink.

All this to say I LOVE my grill cheese. After making my avocado fries a few weeks back I had leftover avocados they were perfectly ripe and well suited to be included in a sandwich. But what kind of sandwich? I also had a jar of my spicy tomato sauce and that is where the wheels started turning. Avocado+Spicy Tomato Sauce+Melted Cheese= FANTASTIC GRILL CHEESE!  I roasted a few chicken tenders (as my husband is a “I Must Have Meat” guy) then combined our two favorite cheeses- pepperjack and swiss. The pepperjack and spicy tomato sauce gave the grill cheese a nice kick, the avocados brought creamy freshness to the mix and the chicken was a nice hearty touch. All in all, one of my favorite grill cheese renditions to date!

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Avocado Roasted Chicken Grill cheese with spicy tomato sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 8 slices each of swiss cheese and pepperjack cheese
  • 2 large ripe avocados, sliced
  • 1 cup of spicy tomato sauce
  • 8 slices of good hearty bread
  • ½ pound of chicken tenders
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • ½ tsp cajun seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • dash of olive oil
  • dash of paprika
Instructions
  1. Mix seasonings together along with the olive oil and toss with the chicken tenders. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on size of tenders) at 375. Set aside to cool. Once cool cut into nice size chunks.
  2. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add slice of pepperjack and slice of swiss cheese, next add the chicken and avocado slices. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining slices of bread. Top with the spicy tomato sauce and call it a night!

52 Comments

  1. Joanne

    There must be something in the air because I’ve been craving grilled cheese too! All of these versions sound awesome but the avocado-infused one especially.

    11 . Jul . 2012
  2. lindsay

    i am coming to your house to eat today love! 🙂

    11 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Come on! I would love to have you!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  3. stephanie

    cheesy, spicy, avocado-y: three of my faves. yum!

    11 . Jul . 2012
  4. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Oh boy… that avocado roasted chicken grilled cheese is speaking to me. Good thing I have some avocado around the kitchen. 😉

    11 . Jul . 2012
  5. Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures

    Yum! I LOVE avocado! This sandwich looks like heaven!

    11 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks amy! So glad you stopped by and hope to visit you soon

      13 . Jul . 2012
  6. Amanda

    Oh whoa. That looks gooooood!!

    11 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks Amanda!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  7. yummychunklet

    This looks similar to a sandwich I order for lunch. Very tasty looking!

    11 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Where do you order the sandwich from?I hope its a chain restaurant and I have it here in Houston – sometimes mommy doesn’t want to cook and just wants to order out! LOL!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  8. Stefanie

    Delicious combo! I’m a fan of grilled cheese, too, and this looks like an awesome way to jazz them up! Great finds with the sandwiches on pinterest 🙂

    11 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks Stefanie! Hope you are doing well!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  9. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Oh no, I just finished the last of the avo that I had yesterday! This would have made the perfect lunch for today Belle.
    🙂 Mandy

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      oh go get you some more girl! You must try out this sandwich, in the meantime I have to make that potato dish for my husband- love using the leftover chicken

      13 . Jul . 2012
  10. Liz

    Ooooh, I just LOVE grilled cheese, but yours is over the top fabulous!!! And the spinach and artichoke one looks amazing, too!!! Mmmmmmm.

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      i know- i think doing a take on spinach and artichoke dip using grill cheese format is just genius

      13 . Jul . 2012
  11. Roz

    Oh my gosh, I could eat this grilled cheese sammie every day! You are a genius to add the spicy tomato sauce to it as well! Your creativity always inspires and amazes me, Jessica! PS: I understand about a husband needing some meat in each recipe!

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      glad to see I don’t have the only meat I must have man in the food blog land. Sometimes I can get away with it depending on what he had for lunch but its rare

      13 . Jul . 2012
      • Roz

        I hear ya Jessica! I’m lucky if my man will take a ‘taste bite’ of anything outside of a steak, burger, spaghetti or lasagna. Oh well, more for us, huh? LOL!

        have a great day Sweetie!

        Hugs,
        Roz

        03 . Aug . 2012
  12. Bree

    tomatoes, cheese, and avocados= all my favorite things. This looks awesome!

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks Bree

      13 . Jul . 2012
  13. Jo

    The chicken avocado one sounds/looks nom nom nommers!! 😉

    12 . Jul . 2012
  14. Mary

    I’m absolutely drooling!!!
    Mary x

    12 . Jul . 2012
  15. Geni

    Honestly, Jessica, grilled cheese is my all-time favorite comfort food (tied with mac n’ cheese I guess). Your roasted chicken with avocado one makes me go weak in the knees. So yum. So delish. I have a funny grilled cheese story. I went to a nutrionist to when my son was a toddler and complained that he only ate grilled cheese and do yo know what she asked me? “How do you keep the cheese from falling in between the grates on the barbecue?” Thought I would share that. 🙂 Happy Thursday!

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      that is hilarious~! i will have to use that line again on someone. I can’t believe that was the first thing he said though! Not like oh don’t worry or give you some tips but instead a one-liner! love it

      13 . Jul . 2012
  16. Eva

    What a wonderful combination of flavours, Jessica. I love a good grilled cheese too, and the addition of the avocado is simply genius! The creaminess would go great with the cheese.

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      that is exactly what was the best part of the sandwich, the creamy avocado and yummy cheese- together at last:)

      13 . Jul . 2012
  17. Blond Duck

    Those look delicious!

    12 . Jul . 2012
  18. daphne

    it’s amazing how simple foods are the BEST tasting food. I am loving this combination for sure. I can see myself having a grilled chicken with it-wo the bread or with it!

    12 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      without the bread would be even better actually! Great thinking

      13 . Jul . 2012
  19. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Awesome, I love Chik Fil A too, great pics and ideas 🙂
    Take care..

    13 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks gerry! i am hooked on it!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  20. kitchen flavours

    Looks so delicious! I want one too! This looks perfect for a satisfying meal anytime of the day!

    13 . Jul . 2012
  21. Asmita

    This looks wonderful! Making this for dinner tonight. Cannot wait to eat it.

    13 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      thanks asmita! Your okra in the cilantro sauce has made me crave some okra

      13 . Jul . 2012
  22. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    Your grilled cheese looks amazing! I love the pinterest ones too. When I was pregnant my cravings changed each trimester. I craved chinese food during my first, strawberries during the second, and M&M’s during my third trimester. Odd, huh? Its surprising she was only 7 lbs.

    13 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I always wanted to crave chips or candy or something really bad for me but no- my luck i craved chicken salad and grill cheese:) I wanted to be that woman who made her hubby go get her ice cream every night!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  23. jackie@marin mama cooks

    I am a grilled cheese addict as well. In the fall and winter it’s a weekly staple in our house alongside some tomato soup. I love, love avocado as well and tend to throw it on just about any sandwich. I love recipes such as this that are created from pantry items and leftovers. Sometimes those are the recipes that turn out the best because there is a sense of pride in the effortless creation.

    13 . Jul . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      oh I completely agree! Pride creating something delicious out of nothing so to speak! Glad to see another grill cheese lover!

      13 . Jul . 2012
  24. Baker Street

    Oh I bet this would make for an incredible mid night treat 😉

    13 . Jul . 2012
  25. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    You know Jessica, you always take great pictures of food that I can almost bite into it. I eat grill cheese sandwich often with the kids but I never take pictures of it because I failed so many times to take simple sandwich. Obviously it’s not simple for me, and here you have so many great shots of sandwiches! Great delicious photos! By the way, the popsicles are AMAZING!

    14 . Jul . 2012
  26. Veronica's Kitchen

    Avocado with chicken is my all time favourite, the cheese and spicy tomato are excellent match with them! And those dirt pudding worm cups are so cute!

    14 . Jul . 2012
  27. nancy at good food matters

    I love all these ways of elevating the humble grilled cheese sandwich. your chicken-avocado version would make a terrific meal.

    14 . Jul . 2012
  28. Blond Duck

    Have you ever tried grilling PBJs?

    15 . Jul . 2012
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  29. Lena

    ooh, my mouth is watering looking at all of the sandwiches up there! even tho i do make grill cheese at times, they dont seem to appear so nice as yours!

    15 . Jul . 2012
  30. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    I was the exact same way when I was pregnant with both of my boys, cheese was my main craving, it had to be included in just about every meal.

    Lovely grilled cheese sandwich. I love a twist on a classic that makes it so flavorful and grown up.

    15 . Jul . 2012
  31. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    i don’t think I could ever get tired of grilled cheese sandwiches. There are so many combos I need another lifetime to try them. Love love love the avocado addition!

    16 . Jul . 2012
  32. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this looks awesome. I agree it would be hard to ever get tired of these!!

    17 . Jul . 2012
  33. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Sorry for a silly question: do you have a panini grill? It looks so perfect! 🙂

    21 . Jul . 2012
  34. jen @ diets

    Who doesn’t love grill cheese? These recipes look delicious. And grill cheese can be healthy just use low fat cheese and you will have a tasty healthy sandwich.

    05 . Sep . 2012

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