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 and traditional colby, 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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