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BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Tender chicken in a homemade barbecue sauce and provolone cheese piled on french bread slathered with garlic butter and then toasted until brown. An EASY dinner that everyone raves about!


  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless or bone-in chicken breasts or thighs (or a combination)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp dehydrated onion
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 12 slices french bread
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese


  1. Add chicken broth and chicken into bottom of Instant Pot. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken.
  2. In a pot-in-pot* dish whisk together the remaining ingredients (except butter) until smooth. Add the pat of butter (1 Tbsp) into the dish.
  3. Place a tall trivet* into the Instant Pot around the chicken. Place the pot-in-pot dish on top of the tall trivet. 
  4. Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 12 minutes for fresh chicken or 15 minutes for frozen chicken. When time is up let the pot sit for 8 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  5. Move the pot-in-pot dish out of the Instant Pot. Move chicken to a cutting board. Discard the broth. Shred or chop the chicken. Add the chicken into the Instant Pot. Scrape the sauce from the pot-in-pot dish into the chicken. Stir to coat the chicken.
  6. Soften the quarter cup of butter. Stir it together with the garlic and parsley. Butter one side of each bread slice. This will be the outer side of the sandwich.
  7. Place one slice of bread in a pan over medium heat or on a griddle, butter-side down. Repeat with 5 more slices of bread.
  8. Add cheese slices on top of the bread in the pan. Then add a scoop of the bbq chicken mixture.
  9. Place the second bread slice on top of the chicken, butter-side up.
  10. Cook the sandwich for 2-3 minutes or until the bottom bread slice turns golden brown.
  11. Carefully flip the sandwich using a spatula.
  12. Cook the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes until it is golden brown and the cheese inside has melted.
  13. Remove the grilled cheese sandwich from the pan and let it cool for a minute before serving.
  • Category: Chicken