Grit

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 medium chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 11⁄2 ounces full-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Leaf lettuce
  • Slices of tomato and purple onion

Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons white or rice vinegar
  • 1 pinch onion powder
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon chile hot sauce
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)

Directions

  • Day before grilling: Make sauce by stirring together all ingredients. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight.
  • Cut and trim chicken breasts into patties: Lay breast on a cutting board with the rounded side up. Holding a sharp carving knife parallel to the surface of the cutting board, slice breast to an even thickness, creating a patty about 1⁄2 inch thick. Trim the patty to barely overlap buns after grilling. Repeat for remaining breasts, setting aside trimmed pieces for stir-fries or other dishes. Place patties in a food-storage container and add broth, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • To cook: Build a fire in grill and let it burn down to coals. Clean grate with a brush and wipe with olive oil. Close grill lid, with vents open, and let sit 5 minutes. Meanwhile, season chicken patties with salt and pepper. Place patties on grate and cook, flipping them three times, at intervals of 11⁄2 to 2 minutes. On the second flip, rotate the patties by a quarter-turn to create diamond-shaped grill marks. Keep the grill lid closed except when flipping patties or checking temperature.
  • Remove patties immediately when internal temperature is 160 degrees at thickest part, and let rest several minutes. Internal temperature will eventually climb to 165 degrees.
  • Serve patties on buns with layers of lettuce, tomato, and onion, plus sauce.

These sandwiches combine savory grilled chicken with a tangy, mildly spicy sauce. Keep the grill lid closed except when flipping the meat, and pull the chicken from the grill as soon as it hits 160 F. Yield: 4 servings.

close up of grilled chicken breasts

  • Published on Apr 15, 2022
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