Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (Easy!)

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Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (Easy!): This recipe perfectly balances indulgent elements like juicy chicken, crispy bacon, garlic aioli, and hot honey with lighter components- fresh veggies, creating a satisfying experience with every bite!

Serve with polenta fries or potato salad.

Ultimate grilled chicken sandwiches on a tray with parchment paper. Mouthwatering!
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Best Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe

WOW! This is the best grilled chicken sandwich I’ve ever had and everyone that has tried it agrees! The flavor and texture combination is out of this world. I promise it will be the star of the show at your next BBQ!

  • Textural Harmony: The sandwich offers a symphony of textures—from the juicy grilled chicken to the creamy avocado, crispy bacon, and the soft, slightly sweet brioche bun. Each bite provides a satisfying mix of crunch, tenderness, and creaminess.
  • Versatility: This recipe is versatile and can be easily customized to suit your preferences. Adjust the spice level with more or less hot honey, add or omit ingredients based on your taste, and make it your own.

It’s one of those delicious recipes you will crave often! You can also try using the leftover from your grilled chicken to make this recipe.

You’ll also love my Chicken Cutlets and Juicy Hamburger Recipe!

Ultimate grilled chicken sandwiches on a tray with parchment paper. Mouthwatering!

Simple Ingredients

Fresh and Wholesome Ingredients: Fresh produce like avocado, tomato, lettuce, and pickles ensures a wholesome and nutritious meal. It’s a great way to incorporate a variety of vegetables into a satisfying dish.

ingredients for the grilled chicken sandwiches.

Sandwich

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: Main protein component for the sandwich, grilled to perfection with a flavorful seasoning of garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper and salt.
  • Brioche Buns: This soft, slightly sweet bread adds a rich, buttery flavor to the sandwich. It is toasted for a delightful texture. You can easily use your favorite hamburger bun or soft ciabatta bun.
  • Avocado: a creamy and nutritious addition to sandwiches. Slice it and layer it for a smooth texture and mild taste.
  • Garlic Aioli: Creamy and garlicky mayonnaise-based sauce, adding a rich and savory flavor to the sandwich (homemade mayo sauce recipe included)
  • Tomato: Fresh tomato slices contribute juiciness and a refreshing taste to balance the richness of other ingredients.
  • Lettuce: Crisp lettuce leaves provide a crunchy and cooling element to the sandwich, enhancing its overall texture.
  • Red Onions: Add a little zing of flavor.
  • Bacon: Crispy bacon slices add a smoky and savory flavor, complementing the grilled chicken.
  • Pickles (Optional): Tangy and crunchy dill pickles can be added for a zesty kick, contrasting the other flavors.
  • Hot Honey: A sweet and spicy honey drizzle adds a touch of heat to elevate the sandwich’s overall taste profile.

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How to Make the Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making this juicy and tasty chicken sandwich.

ingredients for recipe.

Make the garlic aioli: add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined. Cover and set aside.
Prepare the Chicken: Dry the chicken with paper towels. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

How to make Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (step-by-step instructions): seasoning the chicken.

Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub the chicken breasts with high-heat oil and season them with seasonings. Make sure to coat both sides evenly.

aioli sauce for the sandwich.

Make the simple aioli.

How to make Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (step-by-step instructions): grilling the buns.

Prepare the Brioche Buns: While the chicken is resting, slice the brioche buns and lightly toast them on the grill.

How to make Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (step-by-step instructions): grilling the chicken on the grill.

Grill the Chicken: Place chicken on hot grill and grill chicken for 4-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is cooked. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before assembling the sandwich.

How to make Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (step-by-step instructions): assembling the sandwiches. Adding mayo to the toasted buns.

Assemble the Sandwich: Spread a generous amount of garlic aioli on the bottom half of each toasted bun.

How to make Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (step-by-step instructions): assembling the sandwiches adding the lettuce and bacon.

Place a grilled chicken breast on each bun.
Layer the Goodness: Add avocado slices on top of the chicken. Place a couple of tomato slices on each sandwich. Add a few lettuce leaves for freshness. Lay two slices of crispy bacon on each sandwich.If you like pickles, add a couple of slices.

How to make Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe (step-by-step instructions): assembling the sandwiches adding the avocado and hot honey.

Drizzle with Hot Honey: To finish the sandwich, drizzle hot honey over the top. Adjust the amount based on your spice preference.
Top with the Buns: Place the top bun on each sandwich. 

Ultimate grilled chicken sandwiches on a tray with parchment paper. Waffle fries and aioli on the side.

Whether hosting a barbecue or preparing a special meal for friends and family, this grilled chicken sandwich is a crowd-pleaser. The combination of familiar and elevated flavors makes it suitable for all occasions. Enjoy!

Substitutions

  • Brioche Buns: Whole wheat or multigrain buns, ciabatta, sourdough, or a lettuce wrap for a low-carb alternative.
  • Avocado: Sliced cucumber, hummus, guacamole, or a plant-based avocado spread for a creamy and flavorful option.
  • Garlic Aioli: Vegan mayo for a plant-based version, tzatziki sauce, basil pesto, or a flavored hummus.
  • Hot Honey: Sriracha honey, spicy mayo, chili-infused honey, or a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a different sweet and spicy element.
Ultimate grilled chicken sandwiches on a tray with parchment paper. Waffle fries and aioli on the side.

Variations

  • Caprese Delight:
    • Replace the garlic aioli with basil pesto. Add fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, Italian seasoning, and balsamic glaze for a Caprese-inspired chicken sandwich. Melty provolone cheese would also add a delicious element.
  • California Dreaming:
    • Opt for a whole-grain or multigrain bun. For a California-style sandwich, include sprouts, alfalfa, and sun-dried tomatoes. Swap bacon for turkey bacon or omit it for a lighter version.
Ultimate grilled chicken sandwiches on a tray with parchment paper. Waffle fries and aioli on the side. Holding one sandwich to see all the toppings inside.

Storing leftovers

Leftover grilled chicken sandwiches should be refrigerated in an airtight container within two hours. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To prevent sogginess, consider storing components separately.

Top tips

  • Preheat the Grill: Ensure your grill is properly preheated before adding the chicken. This helps to sear the outside of the chicken quickly, locking in moisture and flavor.
  • Even Thickness: Try to ensure that your chicken breasts are of similar thickness. If necessary, pound the thicker parts slightly to create a more even surface. This helps the chicken cook evenly and prevents dry spots.
  • Season Generously: Don’t be shy with the seasoning! Season the chicken liberally with garlic powder, paprika, and salt, ensuring every part is coated for maximum flavor.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer: To ensure your chicken is cooked through but still juicy, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Chicken should reach 165°F (74°C) at the thickest part.
  • Rest the Chicken: Allow the grilled chicken to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This helps redistribute the juices, resulting in juicier meat when you bite into your sandwich.
Ultimate grilled chicken sandwiches on a tray with parchment paper. Waffle fries and aioli on the side. One bite taken out of the sandwich.

FAQs

Can I grill the chicken indoors?

Yes, if an outdoor grill is not available, you can cook the chicken using a grill pan or an indoor electric grill.

What can I put on grilled chicken sandwiches to make them amazing?

To make grilled chicken sandwiches amazing, add flavorful toppings like avocado, bacon, a zesty garlic aioli, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and a drizzle of hot honey for a perfect blend of textures and tastes.

Is a grilled chicken sandwich healthy?

A grilled chicken sandwich can be a healthy choice when it uses lean chicken, whole-grain buns, and fresh vegetables.

What cheese goes with chicken sandwiches?

Cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack, provolone, or mozzarella are great cheese options for chicken sandwiches.

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What to Serve with Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Here are a few yummy sides to enjoy with your delicious sandwich.

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Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe

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It’s the best chicken sandwich for a reason! This recipe perfectly balances indulgent elements like grilled juicy chicken, crispy bacon, garlic aioli, and hot honey with lighter components- fresh veggies, creating a satisfying experience with every bite!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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Grilled Chicken: 

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 68 oz each)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Black pepper to taste (optional)
  • Avocado oil or other high-heat oil.

Garlic Aioli:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (or add siracha to taste for a spicy version)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Toppings 

  • 4 brioche buns or ciabatta rolls
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Lettuce leaves or arugula
  • 8 slices of crispy bacon
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Dill pickles
  • Hot honey for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Make the garlic aioli: add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined. Cover and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Chicken: Dry the chicken with paper towels. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Combine the seasonings in a small bowl. Rub the chicken breasts with high-heat oil and season them with seasonings. Make sure to coat both sides evenly.
  3. Grill the Chicken: Place chicken on hot grill and grill chicken for 4-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is cooked. The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before assembling the sandwich.
  4. Prepare the Brioche Buns: While the chicken is resting, slice the brioche buns and lightly toast them on the grill.
  5. Assemble the Sandwich: Spread a generous amount of garlic aioli on the bottom half of each toasted bun. Place a grilled chicken breast on each bun.
  6. Layer the Goodness: Add avocado slices on top of the chicken. Place a couple of tomato slices on each sandwich. Add a few lettuce leaves for freshness. Lay two slices of crispy bacon on each sandwich.If you like pickles, add a couple of slices.
  7. Drizzle with Hot Honey: To finish the sandwich, drizzle hot honey over the top. Adjust the amount based on your spice preference.
  8. Top with the Buns: Place the top bun on each sandwich. 
  9. Serve and Enjoy: Serve your ultimate grilled chicken sandwich immediately while the buns are still warm and the flavors are fresh. 

Notes

Top Tips 

    • Preheat the Grill: Ensure your grill is properly preheated before adding the chicken. This helps sear the chicken’s outside quickly, locking in moisture and flavor.

    • Even Thickness: Ensure that your chicken breasts are of similar thickness. If necessary, pound the thicker parts with a meat mallet slightly to create a more even surface. This helps the chicken cook evenly and prevents dry spots.

    • Season Generously: Don’t be shy with the seasoning! Season the chicken liberally with garlic powder, paprika, and salt, ensuring every part is coated for maximum flavor.

    • Use a Meat Thermometer: To ensure your chicken is cooked through but still juicy, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Chicken should reach 165°F (74°C) at the thickest part.

    • Rest the Chicken: Allow the grilled chicken to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This helps redistribute the juices, resulting in juicier meat when you bite into your sandwich.

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Okay, I’ve made this twice … once for my partner and me and the second time for company(given that they were SO delicious!).
    Not sure what the magic is but the combination of flavours is amazing. Looks simple, sounds easy but the taste? Out of this world delicious. Make sure to flatten the chicken first (you also will make your meat go farther). Highly recommend.
    PS. Goes amazing with frozen lemon bars for dessert (or apple cake!)






    1. YAY! I’m glad you loved this yummy sandwich. I agree, it goes well with either of our other desserts.