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
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
- Brush your grill with oil and heat it to medium heat.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill until cooked, about 5-7 minutes per side.
- Assemble the sandwich and enjoy.
Grilled Meat Seasoning
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
- Coarsely grind the coriander seeds, dill seeds, hot pepper flakes and black peppercorns.
- Mix everything.
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