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Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwich with White Cheddar

This Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwich is a taste of summer with its zesty flavors, melted Tillamook White Cheddar Slices and refreshing cilantro vinaigrette.

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  • For the Chicken 

    • 3 tbsp olive oil

    • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

    • ½ tbsp ground cumin

    • ¼ tsp granulated garlic 

    • ½ tsp kosher salt

    • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

    • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded into ½ inch thick 

  • Toppings 

    • 2 avocados cut into wedges

    • 1 heirloom tomatoes cut into thin slices

    • 1 recipe Cilantro Vinaigrette (below) 

    • 8 Tillamook Medium White Cheddar Slices

    • 4 slices of brioche sandwich bread 

    • Shredded iceberg lettuce (optional but encouraged) 

  • Cilantro Vinaigrette 

    • 1 shallot roughly chopped

    • 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves stems removed (about 4 ounces) 

    • 1 clove garlic

    • ½ tsp red pepper flakes

    • ½ cup olive oil

    • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

    • 1 tsp salt


For the Chicken

  1. Combine the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the chicken and marinate for 30-45 minutes at room temperature.

  2. Heat a grill to high heat. Lift chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill chicken, turning often,
    until no longer pink in center, 7-10 minutes.

  3. The last 2 minutes, add 4 pieces of the Tillamook Medium White Cheddar Slices to the top of each chicken breast and let melt.

  4. Remove from the grill, let rest before slicing in half so 1 chicken breast gets cut into 2 pieces, roughly the same size as the brioche bread. 

  5. Drizzle the brioche on both sides with olive oil or butter and toast for a few moments on the grill to get

Cilantro Vinaigrette

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth. 

To assemble

  1. Slather some cilantro vinaigrette on the bottom piece of bread followed by the double decker cheese melted chicken.

  2. Top with a slice of tomato, thinly sliced avocado and a sprinkling of lettuce with salt and pepper.

  3. Enjoy immediately.

Meet the chef

Gaby Dalkin

Gaby Dalkin (@whatsgabycookin) is a trained chef, recipe developer, entrepreneur and food/lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. Her website, What's Gaby Cooking, features original recipes and images along with highlights from Gaby's life and travels. In September 2022, Gaby released her fourth cookbook, a New York Times Best Seller, What’s Gaby Cooking: Take it Easy. In addition to her books, Gaby is known for her popular line of products that includes seasonings, oils, cocktail mixes and more and has made frequent appearances on The Today Show, Kelly & Ryan, Hallmark Home and Family and more. Her debut TV show, My Best Friends Kitchen, premiered Fall 2022 on QVC+.​