Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto
YieldsServes 4Total Time30 mins
AuthorLynn M. Peterson, Bishop, CA,
Coated with a simple basil mayo, the chicken in this open-face sandwich would also be good chopped and tossed into a salad or served alongside rice and fresh vegetables.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Reserve 4 basil leaves. Whirl mayonnaise, remaining basil, garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth.

Step 2
2

Sandwich chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a mallet until 1/4 in. thick.

Step 3
3

Grill chicken, basting each side with some of mayo mixture and turning as needed, until cooked through and well browned, about 8 minutes.

Step 4
4

Brush one side of bread with a little mayo mixture; grill bread on both sides.

Step 5
5

Lay chicken on mayo side of bread. Top each sandwich with a tomato slice and a basil leaf and serve the remaining mayo on the side.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich without extra mayo.

Ingredients

  Leaves from 1 large bunch basil
 1/2 cup mayonnaise
 1 garlic clove, crushed
 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 2 boned, skinned chicken breast halves, halved
 4 wide slices ciabatta bread
 1 heirloom tomato, cut into 4 slices

Directions

Step 1
1

Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Reserve 4 basil leaves. Whirl mayonnaise, remaining basil, garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth.

Step 2
2

Sandwich chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a mallet until 1/4 in. thick.

Step 3
3

Grill chicken, basting each side with some of mayo mixture and turning as needed, until cooked through and well browned, about 8 minutes.

Step 4
4

Brush one side of bread with a little mayo mixture; grill bread on both sides.

Step 5
5

Lay chicken on mayo side of bread. Top each sandwich with a tomato slice and a basil leaf and serve the remaining mayo on the side.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich without extra mayo.

Grilled Basil Chicken Sandwiches