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Grilled chicken sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch or dinner, and perfect for summer grilling. Seasoned chicken breasts are grilled to juicy, flavorful perfection, and served on sandwich buns with lettuce, tomato, cheese and your favorite spread for a simple meal that everyone will love any time of the year.
One thing you can always count on finding on a restaurant menu is a grilled chicken sandwich. They are easy to customize and tough to screw up and every chef has their own version.
My version of a grilled chicken sandwich is simple, but super tasty and better than any diner. Why is it the best? Because you can customize the heck out of it and make it your own, using any marinade or spread you like! Add avocado and bacon or leave the cheese off. The choice is yours and the options are limitless!
Chicken: Chicken breasts are the most common choice for a chicken sandwich and the one I used for this recipe. But a boneless chicken thigh can be exceptionally juicy and flavorful in a sandwich as well.
Seasoning: I kept it simple with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. I also brushed the chicken with olive oil to help the seasoning stick to the meat and keep it nice and juicy. You can swap in any seasoning you like from a basic all-purpose Chicken Seasoning to a spicy Cajun Seasoning.
Buns: My favorite kind of bun for grilled chicken sandwiches is brioche but you really can use any kind of bread or bun you like. Toasted sesame buns are a close second, anything from a basic burger bun to rich, buttery Garlic Bread will work.
Toppings: I chose a mayo spread, lettuce and tomato to top my sandwich. To finish it off I added a slice of creamy Mozzarella cheese. There are so many ways to elevate sandwich, like bacon, avocado, grilled pineapple, onions, pickles, bbq sauce or ranch dressing. Use whatever flavors you like, or let everyone customize their own.
Preheat your grill to medium heat (350-400 degrees). While the grill is preheating, prepare the sandwich toppings and the chicken.
If you grocery store has chicken cutlets, they are perfect for sandwiches, otherwise you may need to either slice the chicken in half or lightly pound until they’re all less than an inch thick. Brush with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
By now your grill should be ready. Cook chicken for several minutes per side and use a meat thermometer so you know exactly when the internal temp is 160-165 degrees.
Remove chicken from the grill and top with cheese. Assemble grilled chicken sandwiches – mayo on the bottom bun, then lettuce, tomato, chicken, cheese and top bun – and serve!
Sure! Under the broiler of your oven, then chicken will get some color and char, similar to what it would get on the grill. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the oven rack on the top shelf of the oven. Chicken should be 4-6 inches from the heat. Broil for about 5-7 minutes per side. You can also bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes with no flipping.
Almost always! Grilled chicken is a healthier alternative to hamburgers or fried chicken. Plus you’re adding fresh veggies like lettuce and tomato. If you’re watching your calories though, maybe skip the cheese and bacon!