Grilled Mexican Chicken with Cheese Sauce


I love cheese! Grilled chicken with cheese sauce? Even better. We use this cheese sauce on lots of things – Nachos, warm pretzels, and now chicken.

Verdict: This is a delicious warming dish. It felt like a big comfort food hug. My son added lots of hot salsa to the top of his chicken (see below) but I was fine with just the spices of the chicken and the hint of heat from the cheese sauce. Serve it how your family will like it!

I served the chicken over rice with green beans and a green side salad to complete the meal.

Grilled Mexican Chicken with Cheese Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless & skinless, pounded down to 1/2″
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1 โ„2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 โ„2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded, do not use the pre-shredded cheese it will make the sauce gummy
  • 1 small can green chilies, if desired

Directions:

  1. Mix together the chicken seasonings. Rub into both sides of the chicken breast.
  2. Heat a grill to medium-high heat, and grill your chicken until done. Temperature should be 165 degrees.
  3. Remove chicken to oven (200 degrees) to keep warm.

Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a medium sized sauce pot, melt your butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in flour and cook until it begins to just bubble around the edges.
  3. Add in the milk, slowly, whisking to avoid lumps as much as possible.
  4. Continue to whisk until mix is heated through.
  5. Check the temp (I use my finger). It needs to be hot enough to melt the cheese, but not boiling.
  6. When the mix is hot, start whisking in the cheese in small amounts until all of the cheese has been mixed in. Stir in the chiles if desired.
  7. Once the cheese is melted, stir in your paprika and cayenne pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve hot over the chicken.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Yumm yumm๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Erika says:

    Cannot wait to try this out!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Awe, thanks, Erika!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika says:

        Already on my “next to cook” list!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. koolaidmoms says:

          โค

          Liked by 1 person

  3. Gotta love extra cheese! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿง€

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Always!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Ryan Stroud says:

    This sounds like the Pollo Loco option at most Mexican Restaurants but better because itโ€™s homemade

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks! I am thinking of all the things I can use the cheese sauce for.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

      Like

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