Grilled chicken tenders are combined with barbecue sauce and two cheeses, baked and then topped with cilantro and grilled pineapple.
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
8 ounces Wisconsin cream cheese, softened
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin Monterey jack
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Brush 1/4 cup barbecue sauce over both sides of chicken.
Cook chicken on grill or in large skillet until cooked through to internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Remove chicken to cutting board and shred. using two forks to pull chicken into small pieces.
Place chicken in medium bowl and add remaining barbecue sauce. Stir to combine and set aside.
Remove core and outer peel from pineapple and cut into spears. Grill pineapple for few minutes on each side until dark grill marks appear. Alternatively, cook pineapple spears in hot skillet for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Chop grilled pineapple into small pieces and set aside.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place softened cream cheese in oven-safe baking dish, such as pie pan.
Spread cream cheese in even layer and top with shredded barbecued chicken.
Sprinkle shredded Monterey jack cheese over and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and top with cilantro and 1 cup grilled pineapple.
Serve hot with tortilla chips.
By Love Grows Wild
Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
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