Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Aioli Mayo

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I love a good grilled chicken sandwich.. especially when it is accompanied by some grilled bacon and avocado. This is a great, simple recipe for those of you who may want a lighter alternative for your 4th of July BBQ this year.

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Aioli Mayo Recipe

The layers on this chicken sandwich are HEAVENLY. You’ve got your grilled chicken, your gooey cheese, crispy bacon, smooth avocado, juicy tomatoes, and crisp lettuce between two soft ciabatta buns and slathered with a tangy aioli mayo.. seriously, what’s NOT to love here?


I have actually made these as sliders before and they are wonderful. Just cut up your chicken into smaller pieces, grill, and serve over slider buns. Kids love them this way because they can actually fit into their little mouths 🙂
If you are serving these with ciabatta bread, be sure it is pretty soft. You can cut the bread open, butter lightly, and place on the grill to crisp up a little bit, but still have that delicious softness inside.


When preparing the chicken, place the chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag and pound flat (no too much because you don’t want the chicken to tear). You just want even thickness so it will cook evenly on the grill.If you want to be ambitious with the bacon, feel free to cook it up on the grill (or even wrap the chicken in it). If you are doing it on the grill, I suggest wrapping it in paper towels and zapping the in microwave for just 30-seconds – 1 minute to get some of the grease off. This will prevent excess grease from getting into your grill and causing flames to rise and burn your bacon. Keep an eye on it closely because bacon tends to burn extra quickly on the grill!


Switch up your typical boring summer BBQ with a little pizazz. You won’t regret it! I

Serves 4

Grilled Chicken Ciabatta Sandwiches with Spicy Aioli Mayo

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Chicken marinade (see below)
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 fresh ciabatta rolls, lightly toasted
  • Spicy Aioli Mayonnaise (see below)
  • fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Chicken Marinade:
  • 1 pkg Good Seasons Italian dressing
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • Spicy Aioli Mayonnaise:
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce


  • Pound chicken breasts flat and place in plastic Ziploc bag.
  • Combine marinade ingredients and add to chicken. Seal bag (pressing as much air out as you can) and marinade in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • In the meantime, pan-fry bacon until most of the grease is cooked off but not completely cooked through. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to soak up grease.
  • Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill over medium heat until cooked through.
  • Top chicken with cheese and remove once cheese is melted.
  • Add bacon to grill while chicken is cooking-- watch the bacon closely so it doesn't burn. Once the bacon is nice and crispy, remove from grill.
  • Combine Spicy Aioli Mayonnaise ingredients and spread over toasted ciabatta rolls.
  • Add chicken and bacon to each roll and top with remaining ingredients.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

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  1. Beth says:

    This was amazing!!! I did not have bacon so I left that out but it would have been even more amazing if I had used it. I changed it just a little. I used lite mayo so it would be a little healthier and I didn’t have the dressing in the pouch so I used light italian dressing. Thank you and my husband loved it.

  2. Concepta Casey says:

    Love hot chicken ciabetta, so handy for a snack.

  3. Tracy Thompson says:

    Made it for the family as per directions…definitely a keeper five star all the way

  4. Rebecca says:

    I used all the regular bacon by mistake this morning, so I’ll have to use natural bacon pieces/bits and put it in the sauce. Hopefully it works for the flavor to balance out!

  5. Cathleen Sperry says:

    What is siracha sauce? Where can I buy it?

    • Susie Mcfathead says:

      It is a hot sauce that can be found at any whole foods or just about every health food store… Probably most grocery stores as well. Comes in a yellow and red bottle.

  6. Ashley says:

    I didn’t follow the whole recipe because I was just looking for a quick fix for my boring chicken sandwich idea. All I had was chicken marsala, tomatoes, muenster cheese and baby spinach. It turned out great! I love the spicey sauce as well, it made my hungry fiancé and I happy and full!

    • Echo says:

      I’m so glad it was a success! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Lynette says:

    The guys at the fire station LOVED these and said they were the best chicken sandwiches they ever had. Thanks!

    • Echo says:

      Wow! That is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Cyndi says:

    Made these for a picnic lunch at the apple orchard/winery. They were so delicious and everyone raved! Big Hit! thanks!!!

  9. Jen says:

    Love, love, love the spicy mayo recipe! I will use on more than just chicken (altho I did use tonight for this recipe of chicken sandwiches)…so good!

  10. Amzat says:

    I’m making it now …so far so good!

  11. Shannon says:

    This sandwich was amazing!! The spicy mayo is now a condiment I have on hand all the time now. Thank you for this recipe! YUM!

    • Erica says:

      So glad you liked it! We LOVE that aioli, too. YUM! It’s so good on fish tacos 😉

  12. Rhianon says:

    Yum! This looks so good! It reminds me of my favorite sandwich from my favorite restaurant, Sally Tomatoes I’m definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing 😀

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