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Mexican Grilled Chicken Sandwiches: See the Printer Friendly Recipe at the End of This Article.

Updated on January 14, 2019
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I love cooking. For me, it's not work. It's a joy. I have fun while I'm in the kitchen. It's another place where my creativity sizzles!

A Visual Delight, a Mouth Watering Fragrance, and Most Importantly- Delicious! You'll need a Knife and Fork for This One!

Grilled chicken rests atop a mixture of cheddar cheese, Miracle Whip, and about a table spoon of red pepper flakes to make it extra spicey!  Note:  This mixture was for 4 sandwiches.
Grilled chicken rests atop a mixture of cheddar cheese, Miracle Whip, and about a table spoon of red pepper flakes to make it extra spicey! Note: This mixture was for 4 sandwiches.

Attention- Special Note to Chef

This is an open-faced sandwich. Trying to add a top piece of bread will take away from both it's visual appeal as well as it's edibility!

Great for a Small Dinner with Friends

I am all but certain none of your friends have had this dish. Every time I make it for company, two things happen. 1. They tell me they've never had it. 2. They love it! You really can't go wrong with this dish. The combination of miracle whip, cheese, chili powder, etc, give it a taste and texture all its own. It's easy to make and sure to please.

Ingredients

Mexican Grilled Open-Face Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients list:

  1. Medium size boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. Spatz’s or Ciabatta bread
  3. Peppers- red, yellow, green, your preference really
  4. Chili powder
  5. EVOO
  6. Red pepper flakesor Sirracha if you like spicey
  7. Onions
  8. Sour Cream
  9. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  10. Miracle Whip (You can use mayo but Miracle whip is better)

Ciabatta bread will work, and I've included a link to Amazon to buy it, but I recommend Spatz's.  The only problem is it's only sold in Michigan and NOT on Amazon.
Ciabatta bread will work, and I've included a link to Amazon to buy it, but I recommend Spatz's. The only problem is it's only sold in Michigan and NOT on Amazon.
Peppers of preference:  I stay away from green peppers, but this ingredient is flexible.
Peppers of preference: I stay away from green peppers, but this ingredient is flexible.
Combine onions and peppers, then sautee' all together.
Combine onions and peppers, then sautee' all together.
Pre-heat pan with 2 Tbs of cooking oil then sautee' away!
Pre-heat pan with 2 Tbs of cooking oil then sautee' away!

Prep

Prep

  1. In a medium mixing bowl mix – 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup miracle whip, 1 Tbs chili powder, and 1 tsp red pepper or sirracha (again, only if you like spicey)
  2. In another medium bowl mix ½ cup of EVOO with 1Tbs of chili powder and a smidge of sirracha for brushing on chicken. Pour 1/3 of this mixture into a 2ndcontainer and keep clean- away from chicken.
  3. Chop onions and peppers into bite size slivers or chunks

Brush oil/chili powder/siracha/ mixture on ONE side of bread.  The side you brush is the side that goes face down in contact with the grill.
Brush oil/chili powder/siracha/ mixture on ONE side of bread. The side you brush is the side that goes face down in contact with the grill.
Mix Miracle Whip, Cheese, with other listed ingredients.
Mix Miracle Whip, Cheese, with other listed ingredients.
The consistency should be fairly thick and gooey.  This will melt during cooking.
The consistency should be fairly thick and gooey. This will melt during cooking.
Spread mixture on THE OTHER SIDE of the bread- NOT the same side you brushed with oil.
Spread mixture on THE OTHER SIDE of the bread- NOT the same side you brushed with oil.

Get that Grill-a-Going! Cooking Instructions

Cooking: Fire up the Grill

  1. Use medium bowl of EVOO and other spices to brush on chicken then place chicken on hot grill. How long it takes to cook depends on the size of the breasts. Turn as necessary to prevent burning.
  2. Sautee’ onions and peppers on stove top. Add whatever spice tickles your fancy.
  3. Use “clean” container of EVOO and other spices to brush on ONE side of Spatz’s bread.
  4. Place brushed side of bread face down on grill (wait until chicken is fully cooked to do this) then spoon cheddar cheese and mayo paste on the face up side of the bread.
  5. Now place the chicken breast on top of the cheese/miracle whip mixture so that the mixture is between the Spatz’s and the chicken breast. Once cheese/miracle whip mixture begins to melt remove the whole sandwich from the grill. * Pay close attention to the time because the bread can char and taste like ca-ca.
  6. Smother open-faced sandwich with sautee’d onions and peppers.
  7. Top with Guacomole, Sour Cream, salsa or whatever you like.

*Note to chef: This dish could be prepared in the broiler, but come on- don't you want that authentic char, grilled aroma that only comes from hot coals? At any rate, it's good to have options if the grill's broken or it's too cold outside.

Get'em Red Hot!

I have not yet added the grill grate, but this is how the coals should look prior to adding meat.
I have not yet added the grill grate, but this is how the coals should look prior to adding meat.
Brushing oil/chili powder mixture on chicken.  Breasts should be no more than 3/4 of an inch thick.  I actually sliced these in half before prepping them.  Poultry needs to be completely cooked before consumption. (officially- inner temp of 180 F.
Brushing oil/chili powder mixture on chicken. Breasts should be no more than 3/4 of an inch thick. I actually sliced these in half before prepping them. Poultry needs to be completely cooked before consumption. (officially- inner temp of 180 F.
Adding oiled chicken to hot grill grate.  Keep a close eye on this poultry as it will burn quickly.
Adding oiled chicken to hot grill grate. Keep a close eye on this poultry as it will burn quickly.
Believe it or not the coals are still red hot, but the flash went off on my camera making the coals beneath the chicken look like only ash.
Believe it or not the coals are still red hot, but the flash went off on my camera making the coals beneath the chicken look like only ash.
Placing Spatz's bread oiled-side-down on the grill with the cheese/miracle whip mixture facing up.
Placing Spatz's bread oiled-side-down on the grill with the cheese/miracle whip mixture facing up.
Now placing the cooked chicken on top of the cheese/miracle whip mixture.
Now placing the cooked chicken on top of the cheese/miracle whip mixture.
Move sandwiches to the periphery of the grill as we don't want the bread to char.
Move sandwiches to the periphery of the grill as we don't want the bread to char.
Close grill lid and vents because we want to retain the heat so the cheese/miracle whip mix will melt beneath the chicken breasts.  I cannot emphasize this enough:  keep a close eye on the grill.  We are almost finished and we don't want burnt bread!
Close grill lid and vents because we want to retain the heat so the cheese/miracle whip mix will melt beneath the chicken breasts. I cannot emphasize this enough: keep a close eye on the grill. We are almost finished and we don't want burnt bread!

Voila!

Well there you have it. I'll finish up with pics of the finished product below. Add whatever side dishes you like. I like Spanish rice, chips, guacamole- the works, but don't be afraid to amend this recipe to your specific taste. And hey, if you try it and like it let me know!

Bon Apetite'

The End Result

Melted, gooey, goodness!
Melted, gooey, goodness!
Underside shot of Spatz's bread ever so slightly charred- just the way I like it!
Underside shot of Spatz's bread ever so slightly charred- just the way I like it!
Add sour cream, salsa, and guacamole' for an extra sloppy dish.
Add sour cream, salsa, and guacamole' for an extra sloppy dish.
A side of chips
A side of chips
Down the hatch!
Down the hatch!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves four people 6 ounces of chicken

Printer (or Screen Shot) Friendly Recipe

Mexican Grilled Open-Face Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients list:

  1. Medium size boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. Spatz’s or Ciabatta bread
  3. Peppers- red, yellow, green, your preference really
  4. Chili powder
  5. EVOO
  6. Red pepper flakesor Sirracha if you like spicey
  7. Onions
  8. Sour Cream
  9. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  10. Miracle Whip (You can use mayo but Miracle whip is better)

Prep

  1. In a medium mixing bowl mix – 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup miracle whip, 1 Tbs chili powder, and 1 tsp red pepper or sirracha (again, only if you like spicey)
  2. In another medium bowl mix ½ cup of EVOO with 1Tbs of chili powder and a smidge of sirracha for brushing on chicken. Pour 1/3 of this mixture into a 2ndcontainer and keep clean- away from chicken.
  3. Chop onions and peppers into bite size slivers or chunks

Cooking: Fire up the Grill

  1. Use medium bowl of EVOO and other spices to brush on chicken then place chicken on hot grill. How long it takes to cook depends on the size of the breasts. Turn as necessary to prevent burning.
  2. Sautee’ onions and peppers on stove top. Add whatever spice tickles your fancy.
  3. Use “clean” container of EVOO and other spices to brush on ONE side of Spatz’s bread.
  4. Place brushed side of bread face down on grill (wait until chicken is fully cooked to do this) then spoon cheddar cheese and mayo paste on the face up side of the bread.
  5. Now place the chicken breast on top of the cheese/miracle whip mixture so that the mixture is between the Spatz’s and the chicken breast. Once cheese/miracle whip mixture begins to melt remove the whole sandwich from the grill. * Pay close attention to the time because the bread can char and taste like ca-ca.
  6. Smother open-faced sandwich with sautee’d onions and peppers.
  7. Top with Guacomole, Sour Cream, salsa or whatever you like.

How Does this Recipe Rate?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Grilled Mexican Chicken Sandwich

© 2019 Leland Johnson

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    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 weeks ago from Midland MI

      Hi Liz, thanks for checking out my article and commenting. It's a really good dish and easy to prepare. :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 weeks ago from UK

      This is a great step by step guide. I found the illustrations especially helpful.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 weeks ago from Midland MI

      Hi Flourish: I think it's because there's more fat in mayo, but more sugar in miracle whip. I'm sure they are gonna love it!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      This does look delicious. I plan to make it for my daughter and husband. It’s funny how most people have a strong preference for mayo or Miracle Whip and often won’t eat the other product.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 weeks ago from Midland MI

      Thanks Louise :) It truly is a tasty dish!

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      Louise Powles 

      5 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Thanks for the lovely recipe, it looks delicious. =)

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