I love grilled chicken sandwiches. I went through a long phase where the only thing I would order if I went out to lunch was a grilled chicken sandwich with cheddar and bacon. The quality of the sandwich varied greatly from location to location. However, one thing I never understood was that some restaurants don't marinate their chicken first. I know, that's crazy, right? And trust me: there isn't enough cheddar in Wisconsin to hide a bland piece of grilled chicken. It's so simple to marinate your chicken like I do with this delicious grilled chicken sandwich with romesco sauce.
For this Grilled Chicken Sandwich Marinating the Chicken is Key
The best reason to marinate is simple: flavor. If you checked out my butternut squash risotto recipe, you'll remember my thoughts: risotto doesn't taste like anything. We have to make it taste like something. Same with chicken breast. There is really no flavor to white meat chicken. We have to put flavor into it. When grilling chicken breast - the best way to do this is either marinating the chicken OR maybe brushing the chicken with a marinade fresh off the grill.
For this marinade I used parsley, cilantro, onion, lemon zest, dijon, and olive oil. You can marinate it for half a day, but I do usually put it in the fridge overnight. It's the perfect marinade for boneless chicken breast. You can use the grilled chicken to make this sandwich (obviously). But you can also slice the leftover chicken and make a salad. You can eat it with a side of veggies. It's pretty versatile. But do make sure you grill it. This will give you the best results.
The Romesco Sauce Might Be the Star of This Dish
Even though I love, love, love the marinated grilled chicken breast - the sandwich is brought to another level with the romesco sauce. If you've never had romesco sauce, this is your moment. This roasted red pepper sauce is fantastic and, like the grilled chicken, so versatile. You can enjoy it on any number of foods: grilled chicken, fish, grilled veggies, dipping sauce for fresh French bread, a spread to top some kind of crostini with, and of course sandwiches! This would be a good spread for a roasted veggie sandwich too. You will have extra romesco sauce and lucky for you, I've created another post about romesco sauce and all the things you can do with it. If you're totally into romesco you gotta check it out.
This Grilled Sandwich Can Be Served Hot or Cold. Perfect for Picnics!
A few times a year, we will take a drive to Vermont to a "secret spot" we found. I usually make this sandwich for our picnic. Or if we're craving veggies, I make my Ultimate Roasted Veggie Sandwich. We lay out a blanket on the grass with a view of a beautiful pond and eat our gourmet sandwiches. They are just as delicious as a cold sandwich as they are as a hot sandwich. Really. I cook everything the day before, assemble the sandwiches in the morning and off we go! Pure bliss.
As usual, I recommend using a high-quality bread, but I realize we have busy lives and can't always get to a local bakery. You could use store bought brioche, ciabatta or French bread for this sandwich (if you must).
I hope you give this one a try - it's one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. Remember, you're on the internet looking at food recipes right now which means you like to eat and maybe you like to cook. Or you don't know how to cook, but you fantasize about all the recipes you'd like to try. Well, there is no better time to try something new, in my opinion. If you're new to home cooking you've got to start somewhere. If you are someone who already loves to cook - wonderful! I have written instructions as well as videos for every recipe. Enjoy your time in the kitchen and make delicious food for yourself and your loved ones. You're all worth it!
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