Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts: A Savory Delight

If you’re a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches, get ready to take your taste buds on a wild ride! Our Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts are a mouthwatering combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch flavors that will leave you craving for more. We’ve taken it up a notch by using our signature BBQ rub to create insanely delicious chicken slices. These are then placed on top of brioche bread, along with bacon, zesty ranch dressing, and cheese, creating an epic melt that bursts with amazing flavor.

All the Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melt toppings assembled in the melt.

To elevate the flavors even further, make sure to drizzle some additional ranch dressing on top before adding the second slice of toasted bread. That final touch takes this melt to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Customize to Suit Your Preferences

Feel free to make any substitutions or additions to tailor the patty melt to your liking. You can use chicken breast or chicken patties instead of chicken thighs if you prefer. Experiment with different cheeses like Swiss, American, or pepper jack. Add some chopped red onion for a tangy kick or try dipping the melt in BBQ sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

Slicing both the Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melt at the same time.

Serve these chicken melts with a fun side dish like french fries or onion rings, along with your choice of sauce. A green salad with bleu cheese dressing and crumbles, fresh strawberries, or sautéed mushrooms would also complement the flavors perfectly.

Further reading:  Curry Chicken Fried Rice: Quick, Easy, and Delicious

Ingredients for Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts

To get started on this flavorful journey, gather the following ingredients. This recipe serves 4 people and requires only 15 minutes of prep time and 1 hour of cook time.

  • 5-6 chicken thighs
  • Your favorite BBQ Rub
  • Canola oil (as needed)
  • For the zesty ranch dressing:
    • Sour cream
    • Mayo
    • Pickle juice
    • Chopped chives
    • Chopped dill
    • Garlic powder
    • Black pepper
    • Buttermilk
    • Salt
  • Sliced brioche bread or Texas toast
  • Applewood bacon strips
  • Shredded sharp cheddar
  • Clarified butter

All the Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts stacked on top of each other so you can see the insides.

For more tantalizing chicken bacon ranch recipes, check out our Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos, Chicken Bacon Ranch Sausage Skewers, and Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla.

How to Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts

The Prep

Start by preheating your grill to a medium-high temperature and creating two heat zones. Prepare the chicken thighs by brushing them with oil and generously seasoning them with your favorite BBQ Rub. Set the seasoned chicken aside.

Seasoning the chicken thighs so that they

While the grill is heating up, mix together all the ingredients for the zesty ranch dressing in a medium bowl. Place the mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

The Cooking

Place the seasoned chicken thighs on the hot side of the grill and sear them for 2 minutes on each side. Once seared, move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 175°F (about 20 minutes). Once cooked, remove the chicken from the grill, let it rest for 5 minutes, and then slice it into strips.

The chicken thighs charring over the coals.

Next, preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (around 350°F). Cook the bacon in the skillet until it reaches your desired crispiness. Remove the bacon from the skillet and let it cool.

Further reading:  The History and Delights of Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking the bacon on the plancha.

Clean the skillet and add a small amount of clarified butter. Keep the skillet at the same temperature over the coals. It’s time to assemble the Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts and toast them in the skillet.

Assembly and Serving

To assemble the melts, start by placing a slice of bread on a clean surface and covering it with a handful of shredded cheese. Top the cheese with sliced chicken and bacon strips. Drizzle a little bit of ranch dressing and add another layer of shredded cheese. Finally, place the top slice of bread on the stack. Repeat this process for as many sandwiches as you need.

The Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melt getting assembled.

Add the melts to the preheated skillet and toast each side for 45-60 seconds or until golden brown. Flip and toast the other side. Once done, remove the patty melts from the skillet and keep them warm.

The Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melt toasting on the cast iron.

Before serving, open each melt carefully and add an extra drizzle of ranch dressing. Slice, serve, and indulge in the irresistible taste of these Chicken Bacon Ranch Patty Melts.

For more mouthwatering recipes and to learn more about Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.