Pesto Jack Chicken with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

Wisconsin Cheese Pesto Jack Chicken with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Active Time
45 Minutes


Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce:

Grilled Chicken:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Monterey Jack can be used in this recipe.


Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce:

  1. Bring the rhubarb, water, onion and garlic to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until rhubarb is softened. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients. Cook for 10-15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  2. Process sauce in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth. Set aside 1 1/2 cups sauce for this recipe. Store remaining sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Grilled Chicken:

  1. Grease grill grate. Heat grill to medium.
  2. Divide reserved 1 1/2 cups rhubarb barbecue sauce in half. Set aside 3/4 cup sauce for serving.
  3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, brushing with barbecue sauce after flipping. Repeat, flipping and brushing chicken every 3-4 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meat reads 165°F, about 12-15 minutes. Top with pesto jack. Cover and cook for 1-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  4. Warm reserved sauce. Transfer chicken to serving plates; top with tomato, avocado and basil. Serve chicken with sauce.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Owned and operated by Tony and Julie Hook, Hook's® Cheese Company is known for its artisan cheddars, blues, mixed milk cheeses, swiss, traditional colby and more, as well as flavorful classics like monterey jack. Hook’s Pesto Jack stars mild monterey jack cheese infused with herby basil and garlic.

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