Sourdough Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

The best recipe for a sourdough buffalo chicken grilled cheese uses fresh bakery bread, American cheese, and Frank’s Red Hot for simple, delicious flavor!
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Ever wonder what to do with leftover chicken? Here’s an idea: make the best grilled cheese recipe with chicken, buffalo sauce, and sourdough bread. Our Sourdough Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is the easiest way to level up your grilled cheese game and use that leftover chicken in the fridge.

Some Background

I came up with this recipe one day for lunch when I was in the mood for a grilled cheese but wanted something more filling and flavorful. After analyzing my options, I decided I could add leftover chicken to my grilled cheese for extra protein. But the chicken was plainly seasoned with salt and pepper, so I needed a sauce for some added flavor. That’s when I turned to my favorite condiment, Frank’s Red Hot.

A sourdough buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich

This idea for an easy buffalo chicken grilled cheese was truly born out of laziness. I was hungry and didn’t want to put in extra effort of making buffalo chicken and adding it to my grilled cheese. So here’s what I did: slapped down some buttered bread on a skillet, added American cheese as usual, threw on the plain chicken, and drizzled a bunch of Frank’s right on top. Then I added my second piece of bread and cooked it like a typical grilled cheese.

I didn’t expect it to be anything special – but it was amazing. I think the fact that it was so quick and easy made this buffalo chicken grilled cheese taste even better than I’d imagined. But the Frank’s really seeps into both the chicken and the cheese as this sandwich cooks, so you’d never even know the chicken wasn’t buffalo-ized before it went into the sandwich. Even better, if you use a high-quality fluffy bread like fresh sourdough, the Frank’s will soak right into that too – for spicy buffalo flavor in every bite of this grilled cheese.

A closeup of a buffalo chicken grilled cheese on sourdough bread
How To Make The Best Sourdough Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

All you need for a delicious and easy buffalo chicken grilled cheese is 5 simple ingredients:

  1. Bread
  2. Butter
  3. White American cheese
  4. Chicken
  5. Frank’s Red Hot

Since my first take on this recipe, we’ve elevated the ingredients just a bit for a whole lot more flavor. While this grilled cheese still tastes great with white bread and whatever random chicken you have available, here are some tips for achieving the best combination of flavors:

  1. Use thick slices of fresh sourdough bread to soak up the butter and Frank’s Red Hot
  2. Stick with white American cheese over yellow – it’s milder and lets the Frank’s shine
  3. Use leftover grilled or baked chicken that’s been seasoned with salt and pepper
  4. Slice the chicken into thin strips so you get an even, single layer of chicken across the whole sandwich

But again, you really can’t go wrong with any version of a buffalo chicken grilled cheese. If you have leftover buffalo chicken in the fridge, use that! Or if you have some other type of bread you need to use up, go for it. Grilled cheese sandwiches are totally customizable – you can always use our recipe below as a starting point for your own cheesy creation.

A buffalo chicken grilled cheese on sourdough made with Frank's Red Hot
Here are some suggestions for ways you can customize this grilled cheese sandwich:
  • Make it more “classic grilled cheese” by using less chicken and more cheese
  • Make it more “buffalo chicken melt” by using less cheese and more chicken
  • Use leftover buffalo chicken instead of plain chicken
  • Adjust the amount of Frank’s Red Hot to your liking and spice tolerance
  • Use sliced white bread (a more convenient option) or experiment with other bakery breads like ciabatta

Whatever you choose, we’re sure your buffalo chicken grilled cheese will be delicious! Try our recipe below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Sourdough Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

The best recipe for a sourdough buffalo chicken grilled cheese uses fresh bakery bread, American cheese, and Frank's Red Hot for simple, delicious flavor!
Servings 1 sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 slices fresh sourdough bread
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 3 slices white american cheese
  • 1 to 2 oz baked or grilled chicken sliced
  • 1 to 2 tsp Frank's Red Hot


  • Spread 1 tsp butter on one slice of sourdough bread, then place it butter side down onto a cast iron griddle.
  • Lay American cheese on top of the bread, then add a single layer of sliced chicken. Top with a generous drizzle of Frank's Red Hot, then the remaining slice of bread. Spread the remaining butter on the top piece of bread.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until bottom is crisped to a golden-brown color, about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip carefully, then cook until bottom is crisped, another 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Transfer grilled cheese to a cutting board and slice in half. Serve immediately.


Sourdough bread: Use fresh sourdough from the bakery counter at your local market or grocery store for the best grilled cheese. The outside gets nice and crispy while the inside stays perfectly fluffy – which soaks up all the melty cheese and hot sauce!
Chicken: We love to make this sandwich for lunch when we have leftover grilled chicken in the fridge! You can put the cold chicken right on this sandwich, since it’ll warm up as you’re toasting the bread and melting the cheese.
Frank’s Red Hot: Frank’s tastes like buffalo sauce in a bottle to me – so it’s the perfect condiment for an easy, no-frills buffalo chicken grilled cheese. Douse this sandwich with as much or as little hot sauce as you’d like, depending on your spice tolerance!
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 700kcal
Course: Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: american cheese, butter, chicken, frank’s red hot, grilled chicken, sandwich, sourdough bread


Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 2060mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Calcium: 732mg | Iron: 6mg

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