Grilled Chicken Sandwich

While living in California I was introduced to a very delicious grilled chicken recipe.  This particular recipe is a chicken breast sandwich, which I've grown accustom to preparing and eating often, includes avocado, a local favorite in the city in which I lived.

For me, the taste of a freshly grilled piece of chicken breast served between toasted brioche buns, topped with sliced avocado, hickory smoked bacon, bibb lettuce, ripe tomato and red onions, makes for a wonderful eating experience. 

You might be questioning the Bibb lettuce and brioche buns.  But don't.

I'll be the first to admit the bibb lettuce and brioche bun sound quite fancy.  In fact these ingredients can be substituted if you like.  You can use your favorite lettuce and whatever type bun that appeals to your taste buds.

A little prep work is required if you want to grill the best chicken breast ever.  Contrary to what most people might believe, you can't just thaw out a frozen chicken breast, throw it on the grill and hope for the best.

My advice to you is to go with a fresh chicken breast that has been sufficiently marinated before grilling.

Grilled Chicken Breast

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 or 4 fresh chicken breasts
  • sandwich buns
  • hickory smoked bacon (Cooked)
  • lettuce
  • sliced avocado
  • sliced tomatoes
  • sliced onions

Recipe Instructions:

  1. First off make your chicken marinade. In a plastic 1 gallon bag, combine your ingredients consisting of olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, salt, garlic, onion, thyme and cumin. Mix marinade well before adding fresh chicken breast.
  2. Add chicken to marinade and seal bag. Refrigerate and allow to marinate for 6-8 hours, turning every two hours.
  3. Now that your chicken breast are marinated its time to start the grill. Fire up your charcoal grill and burn coals until they are red hot. Grill your marinated chicken six inches from ash hot coals until done. As long as you don't over cook your chicken breast they should not dry out.
  4. You'll know your chicken breasts are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165 F and clear white juice oozes from the cooked chicken.
  5. Remove chicken from the grill and allow to cool briefly before fixing your sandwich.
  6. Start off by adding your favorite condiment to one side of the bun, then add on top a grilled chicken breast and top with cooked hickory smoked bacon. On the other bun add lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado. That completes your sandwich.

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