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Barbecue Jack Chicken Recipe

Barbecue Jack Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

countrycooker75 User ID: 6559255 90918
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Very easy and simple recipe to make on the fly. I switched the cheese to shredded Monterey Jack with Jalapeno Pepper, it gave the chicken some pop. Broiling this recipe worked out better then expected."

criskokid User ID: 2910066 88249
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"This recipe is quick and easy. Also delicious!

Best of all .. lower in calories. You can't get much better than that."

sparkplug9902 User ID: 1269769 156697
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"This is a good, easy recipe. I used Provolone cheese instead of pepper jack."

Kris Hodges User ID: 5707772 142124
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"If only you could grill this and the cheese didn't melt all out. It's great tasting and a great idea, but I think putting the cheese in at the end is the way. No way you can grill this without losing all the cheese. I think you need to cut the pocket, grill and baste it with the barbecue sauce and the last 5 minutes or so, stuff the cheese into the pocket."

silly girl User ID: 5270321 159071
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Everyone in my house loved this..I thought the cheese may be too spicy for my little ones but they loved it..a nice easy change."

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 70382
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"A quick & easy favorite. My fiance has often requested for me to make it again. We like to just add the pepperjack when the chicken is about done cooking rather than placing the slice of cheese inside the chicken breast because it seems like it melts too much when it's under the broiler that long. Countryside BBQ sauce is great in this recipe."

tryxie0409 User ID: 5731634 155620
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"This recipe was delish! I used about 3 slices of cheese after reading other reviews and it was wonderful paired with my seasoned green beans and corn bread... this will definitely be a staple in my home :)"

hoytatdoha User ID: 1290551 88180
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"chicken tastes yummy, but the nutritional is very wrong for 4 servings. Just the 6 ounces of chicken is over 200 calories. Add in the cheese and barbecue sauce, and you're easily over 300 calories. A 6 ounce serving is too big anyway."

donovansquared User ID: 4372541 63855
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Very yummy chicken! I used pepper jack cheese for me and provolone for the rest of my family. The cheese definitely melted out so more is better. I used chicken tenders and baked them in the oven at 375 for 30 min. I don't normally like pepper jack, but this went really well with the bbq sauce."

mlblake User ID: 4362429 63854
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"quick and delicious! I put some croutons in with the cheese as well to add more of a "stuffing"."

jeryve1968 User ID: 4580088 207937
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"I made this using provalone and marinara sauce for an Italian twist. Wonderful!"

robinstallworth User ID: 4989098 155618
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"This recipe was so easy and very delish."

LittleMomma0405 User ID: 715646 156696
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"I made this recipe when my family and I went camping. Very easy to make. We tried it with Swiss cheese, and my young daughters loved it."

grannygourmet User ID: 3148826 79415
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"We all agreed that we like the flavor of this dish, but the cooking time was way off. I used the oven broiler method and even though I only broiled it the minimum length of time indicated, it was overdone. I will either cut back the cooking time even more or try it on the outdoor grill."

Neisha User ID: 1722689 156695
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"yum! I don't like Pepper Jack cheese so substitute with whatever I've got in the fridge."

ChristinePeck User ID: 5070997 158435
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"This is going to become a staple in my home. I agree to using more cheese next time. I basted the chicken a total of 4 times with as much BBQ sauce as I could fit on there! It made for a very tasty meal, as we paired it with rice & broccoli."

llangerak User ID: 4305892 70380
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"This was good but could be better. Next time I will more than likely marinate the chicken for a while before grilling. Also I will try to put in 2-3 layers of cheese. The one layer soaked into the ckicken and out on to the grill so not much was left for flavor. This one has potential."

chellenic User ID: 1730685 90917
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"this was very easy and good! I love how the chicken, cheese, and sauce tasted together."

consol10 User ID: 2151474 70378
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2009

"This is a super-easy, super-delicious meal. We use different kinds of cheese depending on what we have, but this recipe has become a staple in our home. Plus, since we cover the cookie sheet with foil, there is little to no clean up."

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