Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayo

Grilled Chicken and Club Sandwich

I know, I know, a chicken club sandwich; how boring. It's on the menu at about half of the restaurants in town and you almost have to cringe when ordering one because most of them get it wrong. Not too long ago I went out for lunch with friends and the restaurants menu was uninspiring so I dared to go for the chicken club and it had to have been the worst sandwich that I have had in a long time. The chicken was all dried out and flavourless which they attempted to cover up by giving the sandwich swimming lessons in mayonnaise. I thought to myself, "You know, this is basically a BLT, which is amazing, with grilled chicken. Really, how could this sandwich not be good?" With that thought I resolved to make a chicken club sandwich for myself.

The primary ingredient in this sandwich is the chicken and you can't go wrong starting with a fresh chicken breast. For cooking the chicken you want to make sure that it is nice and thin so that you do not end up burning the outside while the inside remains uncooked. If the breast is a small one you can pound it thin and if it is larger it is easy enough to slice it in half and get two sandwiches out of it. You are going to want to season the chicken and plain old salt and freshly ground pepper is a great standby but you can take the opportunity to add some flavour by using a seasoning blend. Your favourite store bought blend is fine but they are quite easy to make at home as well. The bacon lettuce and tomato are perfect just the way they are, you just want to make sure that they are fresh and ripe and you are good to go. I always enjoy adding mayonnaise to a club sandwich and it is another chance to add flavour which I like to do by mixing something into the mayonnaise like chipotle chilies or pestos, etc. Since we are fully into summer I though that I would go with a freshly homemade basil pesto mayonnaise for this sandwich.

I have to say that it is in fact not at all difficult to make a really tasty grilled chicken club sandwich! This particular club sandwich was amazing and it disappeared far too quickly leaving me wanting for more. Now I am totally back into the club sandwich which is good because I had several ideas on grilled chicken club sandwich variants that I will now have to try.

Tip: Swirl the insides of the bun in a bit of the bacon grease remaining in your pan and then toss it on the grill for a few seconds to add a ton of flavour and to get nice crispy inside.

Grilled Chicken and Club Sandwich

Grilled Chicken and Club Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 1

A grilled chicken club sandwich with a hit of flavour packed pesto.

  • 1 small chicken breast, pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste or your favourite grilled meat seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 leaves lettuce
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 slice mozzarella
  • 1 sandwich bun, sliced in half
  1. Brush your grill with oil and heat it to medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill until cooked, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. Assemble the sandwich and enjoy.

Grilled Meat Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 4

A tasty seasoning for any grilled meat.

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 teaspoon dill seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  1. Coarsely grind the coriander seeds, dill seeds, hot pepper flakes and black peppercorns.
  2. Mix everything.


vanillasugarblog said...

Not boring Kev!
I am not a fan of pesto, I know weird. But I would easily swap out the pesto for horseradish or maybe adobo? Yum
Thanks for your comments on my ice cream creation. I would love to see you do a couple ice creams.

Pam said...

simplicity at it's best!

penandra said...

Kevin: If you haven't tried homemade mayo yet (we had chatted about this a while back), you might want to visit A Couple Cooks blog . . . they have super easy instructions with the immersion blender . . . and I trust you will take your Chicken Club even one more notch!

bellini said...

It's not boring at all Kevin:D

becca28 said...

This looks delicious! What a great idea to add pesto to the mayo.

I've really enjoyed visiting your blog. I'm so happy I stumbled upon it. I'm putting together a cookbook for my trip abroad and quite a few of your recipes have been borrowed. Thanks! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, that sandwich looks devilishly good! What a droolworthy combination.



Таня said...

This looks very very delicious!
Have a nice day!

Joanne said...

It really is sad when restaurants get a SANDWICH wrong! It seems like you've got it right AND made it better. Bonus.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I was just thinking the other day that I need to make more sandwiches for dinner, so this post came along at a very opportune time! When ingredients are high quality, simple is best... and this sandwich looks fantastic.

Gretchen @ said...

Thanks for the recipe--it is something I see at restaurants but hadn't really thought about making at home. I'm always looking for a new way to cook chicken, too.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Hah! This surely isn't "yo mama's" club sandwich!!!

Gloria said...

Kevin your sandwichs are georgeous! always make me hungry!!! huggs gloria

homegrown countrygirl said...

Great bacon grease on the bun tip... thanks for sharing that idea! (And great looking sandwich, and great blog, too!!)

Kindred Adventures said...

Ingredients have already been bought! Can't wait to make this for the family this week. Another great thing about this recipe is that it is a simple, tasteful twist on items / a meal that most of us already have the ingredients! -Laverne

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Definitely not boring Kevin. The pesto mayo brings it to a whole new level.

Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit said...

I hate going to restaurants that have uninspiring, boring menus. I'm glad you took it upon yourself to take this sandwich up a notch. I especially like the pesto mayo! I'm happy you found my blog, Kevin. I love all of your pictures, my goodness. Hope you have a fabulous long weekend :)

Anonymous said...

This looks so good! The perfect way to spice up another night of just grilled chicken!

Kali said...

Oh yum! What a beautiful photo too! I just want to pick it up and try a bite!

Chris said...

We were close to the same wavelength this week. Yours looks great!

Bev Weidner said...

GEE-SUS. That looks amazing. I could stick my whole face in that. Like, right now.

Indie.Tea said...

I always make my own mayo - its so much nicer than that vinegary stuff at the store. And your pesto version sounds delicious, must try.
Great sandwich, not boring, but rather fresh and tasty.

rental mobil said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Leela said...

Love your creative recipes and delicious pictures. Also jealous of your ability to cook and post daily. Well done!

Color sorter machine said...

Whoa! What an awesome recipe! Looks great.

mmjaxfl said...

This was incredible! I made a couple changes, used ciabatta bread, no tomato, provolone instead of mozzarella (because that's what I had on hand). I used my stovetop grill. I will be making this again!! Thank you! Kevin!

GÜLSÜM said...

its look delicious...

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Just made these sandwiches for dinner, and they were a hug hit! Thanks for another fantastic recipe, Kevin =).

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