chicken sandwich

Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken breasts marinated in a spicy chipotle sauce and grilled. Topped with cheese, avocado, and homemade spicy mayonnaise.


Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches

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Chicken sandwiches have been on the rise in the last few years.  I think people believe that chicken at fast food restaurants is somehow healthier than beef which can be the case but definitely isn’t a rule.  Normally, chicken at restaurants is fried (which immediately negates the health factor) or cooked into a bland rubbery cube.

Except for a few exceptions, this usually ends up to be a tasteless.  In my experience, it’s rarely worth the calories or the dollars they’ll charge you.

We can do SO much better at home.

I had a few chicken breasts left over from my chicken and waffles party so I worked out a delicious chicken sandwich recipe that’s juicy and flavorful.

Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

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Chicken breasts marinated in a spicy chipotle sauce and grilled. Topped with cheese, avocado, and homemade spicy mayonnaise.


4 large chicken breasts, halved and pounded to an even thickness
1/3 Cup olive oil
1 lime, juice only
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 chipotle peppers, de-seeded and minced
1 Tablespoon Adobo sauce, from chipotle container
8 hamburger buns
2 avocados, 1/4 per sandwich
Spicy Mayo (optional)

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1) For marinade, mix chopped chipotles, adobo sauce, lime juice, garlic, and olive oil in a small bowl.

2) Cut chicken breasts in half and lightly pound them to an even thickness between plastic wrap.

3) Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes, but you could do them the night before.

4) Grill chicken over high heat for 5 minutes per side.

5) If you’re using cheese, add it to chicken in the last 2 minutes of cooking and cover grill.

6) Grill buns and serve sandwich with mayo, lettuce, and avocado.

The Mayo Business

As you might know if you’re a regular Macheesmo reader (and you should be a regular Macheesmo reader), I’ve been on a huge homemade mayo kick lately.  If you want a full walk-through on how to make your own, check out my homemade mayonnaise post.

For this version, I stuck with the spicy theme and whisked in a pinch of cayenne pepper.

spicy mayo
My fave thing to do these days…

The Chicken

Making a good chicken sandwich is pretty straightforward, but there is one step that I really recommend:  pounding the chicken.

The problem with chicken breasts is that they tend to be way uneven in the thickness department.  One end is really skinny and one end is two inches thick.  It’s pretty inevitable that if you cook it as-is, it’s going to be either over-cooked on one end or raw on the other end.

Also, chicken breasts are typically way larger than any one sandwich needs.  So I recommend chopping them in half and pounding them to an even thickness with a mallet.  Cover the chicken with plastic wrap to avoid chicken splatter all over your kitchen.

Flat and even is your goal.

Next, you’re going to need a marinade.

I whipped one together with these things.  Those chipotles pack a punch.  I recommend two, but if you’re feeling adventurous then shoot for three or four!

Get it?

Add the marinade to the chicken patties and let this marinade for at least 30 minutes, but overnight would be just fine also.

An hour is enough.

Cooking the Patties

Once you’re ready to make some delicious chicken sandwiches, take your patties and toss them on a hot grill for about 5 minutes per side.

You should get some really nice grill marks and some of the chipotles will kind of cook on to the chicken which is oh-so-delicious.

Sizzle sizzle.

For the last two minutes of cooking, add a nice slice of cheese if you want.  The sandwich is honestly pretty flavorful without the cheese, but it’s a rare day where you’ll see me pass up an opportunity to melt cheese on something.

Cover the grill and the cheese will melt perfectly in a minute or two.

Melty is the word I would use.

Dress up the burger with some mayo, lettuce, and avocado and you’re all set.

As an added touch, don’t forget to grill the bun for a few seconds.

Gotta have the ‘cado.

Now, you 100% do not have to have a grill for this recipe.

If you don’t have a grill, just add a drizzle of oil to a skillet and cook the chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side.  You might want to cut into one to see if they are cooked through.

If you want to add cheese to it, you can grate the cheese or add a cover to the pan to make it melt easily.

grilled sandwich
Spicy and tasty.

I’m not entirely sure what the calorie count is on this sucker, but I am entirely sure that it’s one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had.

If you make a bunch of these, they are fine re-heated for lunch also.

Mark this down as yet another reason that fast food restaurants have nothing on the home cook!

8 Responses to “Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches” Leave a comment

  1. Wow Nick:: you too Betsy

    Look great…like your chick & waffle idea too…oh hell,…all your blogs great

    Seems like CO and you guys just doing fine

    Enjoy the summer… Be well

  2. Pretty sure your blog is one of my favorites right now. I've been saving about half your posts on my "recipes to try" queue. :) If you ever want to find out calories, does have a copy/paste recipe ingredients into a list and will spit out a pretty good estimate of what nutritional content is for each recipe.
    My recent post Chicken Sorrento

  3. We had this for lunch today. Fantastic! The chicken was in the marinade for 16 hours – moist and tender. Melted pepper jack cheese on the chicken, and sriracha sauce in the mayo instead of cayenne.

    I spent a couple of days going through your recipes and pinned many of them.

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