Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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This Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a classic recipe your family will love! Tender grilled chicken, bacon, avocado and topped with a tangy homemade mayo. YUM!

Half of a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Spicy Aioli Sauce.
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  1. Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  2. Easy Tangy Chicken Marinade
  3. Spicy Aoli Mayo
  4. Suggestions for this Recipe
  5. Fire up the Grill
  6. Frequently Asked Questions about this Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe
  7. More Great Grilled Recipes
  8. How to Make a Grilled Chicken Sandwich
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This Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a delightful alternative to your ordinary summer barbecued burgers and hot dogs. Grilled chicken is so easy to make and is so delicious! This grilled chicken sandwich recipe offers classic layers of flavor that just cant be beat in the summertime: tender chicken, crisp bacon, smooth avocado, juicy tomatoes and fresh lettuce between a soft ciabatta bun and slathered with a tangy aioli mayo.

Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This is one of the easiest sandwich recipes out there and one of the most versatile too! Mix and match toppings to make your favorite.

Cutting board with ciabatta bread topped with chicken, bacon, tomatoes and avocado for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves – Place chicken in between two sheets of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin or meat mallet to pound the chicken until it’s about half an inch thick. you can use boneless chicken thighs for this recipe, too.
  • Chicken marinade – see below
  • Thick-cut bacon – about eight slices to start, for four sandwiches
  • Provolone cheese – this mild, yet slightly tangy cheese pairs perfectly with chicken. Cheddar cheese tastes delicious too.
  • 4 fresh ciabatta rolls – lightly toasted. You could also use hamburger buns, brioche buns, any kind of rolls you like. Toast them up until nice and golden.
  • Spicy Aioli Mayonnaise – see below
  • Fresh baby spinach – you can use any greens you like, but I love the mild taste of the spinach leaves.
  • Tomatoes – sliced
  • Avocados – sliced
  • Pickles – optional
  • Salt and Black pepper – to taste
  • Sliced onions – optional

Easy Tangy Chicken Marinade

This marinade is so yummy and is virtually foolproof! In a bowl, combine and whisk three ingredients:

Bag with marinating chicken breasts. Italian dressing mix, olive oil and lemons on the side for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Good Seasons Italian dressing – one packet
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon – you can also use lime juice if you have that on hand.

Spicy Aoli Mayo

This homemade mayo is so yummy! Here’s what you need:

Mixing bowl of sauce of Spicy Aioli Sauce for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.

Suggestions for this Recipe

  • You can make these sandwiches into sliders! Just cut up the chicken into smaller pieces, grill and serve in slider buns. Kids love these 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 slightly, and place on the grill to crisp up a little bit, but still have that delicious softness inside.
  • Try melting any cheese you like! I love a good Pepper Jack cheese for spice, but I usually make my kids’ sandwiches with provolone, cheddar, Swiss or Monterrey Jack cheese.
Grilling chicken on a barbecue for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.

Fire up the Grill

When preparing the chicken to grill, place the chicken breasts in a Ziploc freezer 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 to one 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!

Two Grilled Chicken Sandwiches on ciabatta bread with Spicy Aioli Sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Is this grilled chicken sandwich healthy?

Yes! Grilled chicken is an excellent source of protein and vitamins. It’s also healthier than a fried chicken sandwich. And this recipe has so much flavor, you’ll never know it’s good for you!

What condiments go best on a chicken sandwich?

With this sandwich you can use our delicious unique mayo spread or try bbq sauce, pesto, soy sauce or honey mustard.

What stops chicken from sticking to the grill?

You can always put a light coat of olive oil directly on the chicken or spray the grill grate lightly with cooking spray. Also check your grill temperature; if the temp is too high the chicken could stick.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich cut in half next to a whole Sandwich.

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Half of a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Spicy Aioli Sauce.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

5 from 4 votes
This Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a classic recipe your family will love! Tender grilled chicken, bacon, avocado and topped with a tangy homemade mayo. YUM!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Grill/BBQ, Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill

Ingredients

  • 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 package Good Seasons Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced

Spicy Aioli Mayonnaise:

Instructions

  • Pound chicken breasts flat and place in plastic Ziploc bag.
    Cutting board with flattened chicken breast halves and metal mallet for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • 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.
    Bag with marinating chicken breasts. Italian dressing mix, olive oil and lemons on the side for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • 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.
    Frying pan with five strips of bacon for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill over medium heat until cooked through.
    Grilling chicken on a barbecue for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Top chicken with cheese and remove once cheese is melted.
    Grilled Chicken on a barbecue with provolone cheese melting on top for Sandwiches.
  • 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.
    Four strips of bacon grilling on the barbecue for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Combine Spicy Aioli Mayonnaise ingredients and spread over toasted ciabatta rolls.
    Cutting board with two ciabatta bread topped with spicy aioli sauce for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Add chicken and bacon to each roll and top with remaining ingredients.
    Cutting board with ciabatta bread topped with chicken, bacon, tomatoes and avocado for Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!
    Two Grilled Chicken Sandwiches on a cutting board. Extra spicy aioli sauce on the side.

Notes

  • You can make these sandwiches into sliders! Just cut up the chicken into smaller pieces, grill and serve in slider buns. Kids love these 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 slightly, and place on the grill to crisp up a little bit, but still have that delicious softness inside.
  • Try melting any cheese you like! I love a good Pepper Jack cheese for spice, but I usually make my kids’ sandwiches with provolone, cheddar, Swiss or Monterrey Jack cheese.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 676kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 15gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 719mgPotassium: 737mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1512IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 242mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    The zesty marinade and garlicky aioli make this recipe a total keeper. I served it at ladies lunch and they loved it.

  2. I just found this recipe, making tonight for dinner. Using romaine lettuce instead of spinach bc I like the crunchy texture. Serving with broccoli n cheese soup. Something different for dinner love it!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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!

    1. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.