Barbecue Jack Chicken Recipe
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Barbecue Jack Chicken Recipe

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Pepper Jack cheese from the deli and bottled barbecue sauce are all you need to dress up these simple grilled chicken breasts. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 4 slices pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 120 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Carefully cut a pocket in each chicken breast half. Fill with cheese; secure with toothpicks.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or a thermometer reads 165°, basting frequently with barbecue sauce. Discard toothpicks before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Barbecue Jack Chicken in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p7

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maball User ID: 4420592 261162
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"Waste of time- broiled it as instructed and so many toothpicks- it took 4X as long to cook and no cheese inside despite 18 toothpicks for 2 breasts. Just bbq chicken."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 217115
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"I'm going to have to try this one again before I can give it a higher rating. I tried baking it and the cheese all ran out. I will try broiling it next time since I don't own a grill."

crabbyann40 User ID: 4922454 90925
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Put the cheese on top of the chicken just before taking off the grill, then sprinkle with bacon bits, chopped tomato and green onions."

Stamper50 User ID: 5335141 70385
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"My daughter in law makes these but doesn't put the cheese inside. Shortly before taking off the grill, she lays the cheese on top to melt. Absolutely wonderful. I'm going to try it with the cheese inside. With cheese on top, you can put into a big bun as a sandwich."

Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 207939
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Well...what's NOT to like? Barbecue sauce, spicy cheese, and chicken. Yummy! We also like to add sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms to this as well to make it kind of a smothered chicken."

Zeelilcritter User ID: 7588050 156699
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Simple :)"

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 207938
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I made this recipe in a grill pan & it turned out great! I used a zesty BBQ sauce & sub'd in smoked provolone cheese as it was what I had on hand. The hint of smoke in the cheese made the chicken taste like it came off the outdoor grill!"

grammadi323 User ID: 4618440 139639
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"easy and quick on a weeknight but I must say I grow weary of the "health" police... if you don't like or approve of a recipe... just keep quiet... the rest of us will enjoy and share our positive thoughts.... just a nice way to step up a meal for our families!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 155625
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This was delicious. I read the other comments first, so I decided to experiment . I bought some new thin, long metal skewers. I used 1 1/2 slice of cheese for each chicken breast; stuffed it in tight and then "sewed" the opening shut with the skewer. I cooked them on the grill, and only lost a tiny bit of cheese. Give it a try, the skewers came in a pack of 4 at Kroger for $2.99."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 156698
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"Simple and excellent taste."

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