California BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich

by Suzanne on June 19, 2013

in Chicken, Savory

California BBQ grilled chicken sandwich |Suzanne’s my favorite time of the year, time for graduations, flip flops, shorts, beach trips, vacations and yes…Grilling Time… Whoot, whoot!! Hamburgers are a staple at any BBQ. but I love good BBQ chicken sandwiches especially with lots of mashed up avocados on it! The recipe here is pretty darn easy to do and you can make it however you like it. We love avocados especially the Hass variety (the type that have a rough skin and are smaller than it’s cousin the smooth large fruit variety). All you have to do for the chicken is to marinate it in some soy sauce,  a little oil, pepper, and add fresh garlic if you like. After marinating a few hours it’s time to grill. Put your favorite BBQ Sauce into a small bowl, grab your basting brush and head out to grill.

California BBQ Chicken sanwich | Suzanne

California BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich

3 boneless skinless chicken breast cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 gallon zip-loc bag or bowl with lid
1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite)
6 hamburger style buns
1-2 tomatoes
Sliced cheese, cheddar or jalapeno
2 large avocado mashed
red onion slices (optional)

Step 1: Cut the chicken breast in half lengthwise so they are not so thick. Prick the chicken with a fork in several places, put into a gallon size zip-loc bag and put the next 4 ingredients into the bag except BBQ sauce. Get all the air out of the bag possible and seal up, then put into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours
Step 2: While the chicken is marinating get the tomatoes, onions, and lettuce ready. Mash avocados, add salt and pepper to taste, a teaspoon of mayonnaise or sour cream for taste is optional. Set veggies aside, keep cold.
Step 3: After the chicken has marinated, prepare your grill according to the manufacturer’s directions. I like to grill my chicken on medium high for the first few minutes then turn the heat down to medium, I have a gas grill. Turn the chicken when it easily comes off the grill. If it sticks it’s usually too early to turn. Cook for about 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken. Right before the end of your cook time, baste your chicken with the BBQ sauce generously on both sides.
Step 4: Dress your buns with the chicken and veggies. Put the mashed avocado on the top bun, put all together and enjoy!

As a very proud mom, I wanted to share some photos from my daughter’s recent graduation from high school. She is a wonderful young woman who has a bright future ahead of her. Graduation was bittersweet, since it means moving on to a new chapter in her life. It’s so hard to believe that she is out of school and now living with a bunch of young women in an apartment working preparing for school in the Fall. I hope we taught her the things she needs to know to make it in this crazy world we live in.

VictoriagradayVictoria graduationCollage

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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

I love grilled chicken sandwiches, this looks so tasty!

2 Suzanne June 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

thank you Laura 🙂

3 The Café Sucre Farine June 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

Your daughter is beautiful Suzanne and you look like sisters! Love your chicken sandwich, it’s seriously making my mouth water!

4 Suzanne June 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Awe your sweet Chris, I like the sound of that sisters 🙂

5 Patty June 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Your photos of graduation remind me of what a fun time that is in a parent’s life-great memories and you will treasure all these photos! Thanks for sharing them and this chicken sandwich that is over the top delicious looking in my book 😉 Congratulations on graduation Suzanne-truly a wonderful day to celebrate 😉

6 Suzanne June 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Patty, you’re right it is one of parents great memories and something that we will treasure. I am really blessed to have a wonderful famlily.

7 Vicki Bensinger June 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

Sometimes when I see photos like this I almost feel like crying hysterically. I know that sounds nuts but I had such a hard time when both my kids graduated. Just knowing they would be leaving had me sobbing. I was so excited for them, but sad. It’s a good thing but so bittersweet.

Once they were gone I was fine. Skype is the greatest invention ever. My kids would call almost daily just to say hi and then when we felt like it Skype was there.

It looks like you’ve raised a wonderful daughter. Best of luck to her and mom and dad. Life goes on.

By the way, your sandwich looks delicious!

8 Suzanne June 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thank you Vicki. Isn’t skype the best invention ever, we love it. We text a little each day it seems and talk a few times a week. Life does go on and we still have one at home to remind us of that :).

9 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 20, 2013 at 4:13 am

Congratulations on your daughter’s high school graduation! Children grow up so fast, too fast, and I know mine will soon graduate from high school and move onto next chapter (ok, mine is still 7 and 5… lol). As I left my home when I was 20 and came to the US, I really worry sometimes that my own children will go somewhere far far away… So hard to be parents sometimes. I’m sure you taught her well (including cooking!) and she’ll enjoy her new chapter. Your bbq grilled chicken sandwich looks delicious. She’ll come back often to eat your food, Suzanne! 😀 Congrats to her and your family!

10 Suzanne June 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Thank you Nami, you are so right children grow up so fast. I never thought she would be grown and graduated but it came. Enjoy your time with your kiddos.

11 CCU June 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Ooooh this graduation photos make me so excited for my own 😀
I bet you will treasure them forever!
Your sandwiches look absolutely delicious 🙂

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12 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) June 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

Congrats to your beautiful daughter and to you, Mom! I’m sure you’ve prepared her well for this next chapter in her life. Thanks for sharing the day with us through the graduation pictures. 🙂

I’m so happy for summer to be here, too. BBQ grilled chicken is a must and yours looks perfect!

13 Suzanne June 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Thank you Jean.

14 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} June 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Congratulations to your daughter – you must be one proud Mom! What an exciting time! I adore Summer and grilling too. Your chicken burger is a iconic dish for the summer time. Just wish I had one right now to eat – I am hungry! Smile.

15 Lisa June 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Congratulations on your daughter’s HS graduation! Such a beautiful girl and a beautiful family 🙂 I wish I had had your BBQ chicken sandwich last night for dinner. We ordered two BBQ chicken sandwiches for take-out, and they were so greasy, we literally had to squeeze the sandwich to ‘drip’ out the grease. We finally just ditched them and went out for pizza. Yours looks phenomenal, Suz!

16 Suzanne June 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Thank you Lisa, you are so sweet.

17 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings June 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Congratulations to Victoria! All the best to her!

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