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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


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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


  • 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


  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. 


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