Burgers, Chicken

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Today, we’re diving into a delectable treat that’s perfect for any occasion: the Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Sandwich. This recipe is sure to become a household favorite, combining succulent marinated chicken, crispy bacon, and fresh vegetables, all nestled between perfectly toasted sandwich buns. Whether you’re cooking for your family or impressing your guests, this sandwich will leave everyone craving for more.

Picture this: tender, juicy chicken breasts marinated to perfection, cooked to a golden brown in a cast iron skillet, layered with crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and tangy pickles. All of this is sandwiched between toasted buns slathered with creamy mayonnaise. This is not just a sandwich; it’s an experience. The Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Sandwich is an easy-to-make, hearty meal that packs a punch of flavor in every bite. It’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or any time you’re in the mood for something truly satisfying.

Ingredients

For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons The Level Up A Rub (or your preferred seasoning rub)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Sandwich:

  • Pickles (sliced)
  • 2 sandwich buns
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (for toasting the bread)

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing the Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Sandwich

1. Marinate the Chicken

Start by preparing your marinade. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, The Level Up A Rub, salt, and black pepper. This mixture will coat the chicken breasts, infusing them with rich flavor and keeping them moist as they cook.

Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish, and pour the marinade over them. Ensure that each piece is well-coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. For maximum flavor, let it marinate for 2-4 hours.

2. Cook the Chicken and Bacon

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the bacon slices and cook until they are crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place them on paper towels to drain excess grease.

Using the same skillet (keeping some of the bacon grease for extra flavor), add the marinated chicken breasts. Cook for about 6-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). The chicken should be golden brown and fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into thin strips.

3. Prepare the Sandwich Components

While the chicken rests, spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on the inside of each sandwich bun. Toast the buns in the cast iron skillet until they are golden brown. This step adds a delightful crunch and enhances the overall texture of the sandwich.

4. Assemble the Sandwich

Now comes the fun part: assembling your masterpiece. On the bottom half of each toasted bun, layer a couple of lettuce leaves, followed by slices of tomato and pickles. Add the sliced grilled chicken breasts on top, then layer on the crispy bacon slices. Top it all off with the other half of the toasted bun.

5. Serve and Enjoy

Serve the sandwiches immediately while they’re still warm. Pair them with your favorite side dishes for a complete meal.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  1. Marinating Time: For the best flavor, let the chicken marinate for at least 2-4 hours. If you’re short on time, 30 minutes will still impart good flavor.
  2. Even Cooking: Ensure the chicken breasts are of even thickness for uniform cooking. You can pound them to an even thickness if needed.
  3. Cast Iron Skillet: Preheat your cast iron skillet properly. A hot skillet ensures a nice sear and locks in the juices of the chicken.
  4. Resting Time: Let the chicken rest after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the chicken more tender.
  5. Crispy Bacon: Cook the bacon slowly on medium heat to render out the fat and achieve maximum crispiness.

Variations

  1. Spicy Chicken Sandwich: Add some hot sauce to the marinade for a spicy kick.
  2. BBQ Chicken Sandwich: Brush the chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of cooking.
  3. Avocado Chicken Sandwich: Add sliced avocado for a creamy texture.
  4. Cheesy Chicken Sandwich: Melt a slice of cheese on top of the chicken during the last minute of cooking.
  5. Garlic Aioli: Replace the mayonnaise with garlic aioli for a flavorful twist.
  6. Herbed Chicken Sandwich: Add fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to the marinade.
  7. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: Toss the cooked chicken in buffalo sauce before assembling the sandwich.
  8. Greek Style: Add feta cheese, red onion, and tzatziki sauce for a Mediterranean flair.
  9. Pesto Chicken Sandwich: Spread pesto on the buns for an Italian touch.
  10. Healthy Option: Use whole grain buns and add extra veggies like cucumber and spinach.

What to Serve It With

  1. French Fries: Classic and crispy.
  2. Sweet Potato Fries: A healthier alternative with a sweet twist.
  3. Coleslaw: Adds a refreshing crunch.
  4. Potato Salad: Creamy and satisfying.
  5. Green Salad: Light and fresh.
  6. Onion Rings: Crispy and flavorful.
  7. Macaroni Salad: A picnic favorite.
  8. Corn on the Cob: Perfectly grilled.
  9. Chips and Salsa: Simple and tasty.
  10. Fruit Salad: Light and refreshing for a balanced meal.

Storage Tips

Refrigeration: Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Keep the components separate to prevent the bread from getting soggy.

Freezing: You can freeze the cooked chicken breasts. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe bag. They can be stored for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Reheating: To reheat the chicken, place it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through, or heat it in the microwave for a few minutes.

How Much Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Sandwich Should I Make for Family Gatherings?

For a family gathering, it’s best to consider the appetites and preferences of your guests. Generally, one chicken breast makes about 2 sandwiches. If you’re expecting 10 guests, preparing 5 chicken breasts will give you enough to make 10 sandwiches. Adjust the quantity based on the number of guests and their expected consumption.

How Far in Advance Can I Make the Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Sandwich?

You can marinate the chicken breasts up to 24 hours in advance. Cooked chicken can be prepared a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. For the best texture and flavor, assemble the sandwiches just before serving. If needed, you can pre-cook the bacon and slice the vegetables ahead of time to save on prep work.

The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing your marinade. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, The Level Up A Rub, salt, and black pepper. This mixture will coat the chicken breasts, infusing them with rich flavor and keeping them moist as they cook.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish, and pour the marinade over them. Ensure that each piece is well-coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. For maximum flavor, let it marinate for 2-4 hours.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the bacon slices and cook until they are crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place them on paper towels to drain excess grease.
  4. Using the same skillet (keeping some of the bacon grease for extra flavor), add the marinated chicken breasts. Cook for about 6-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). The chicken should be golden brown and fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing into thin strips.
  5. While the chicken rests, spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on the inside of each sandwich bun. Toast the buns in the cast iron skillet until they are golden brown. This step adds a delightful crunch and enhances the overall texture of the sandwich.
  6. Now comes the fun part: assembling your masterpiece. On the bottom half of each toasted bun, layer a couple of lettuce leaves, followed by slices of tomato and pickles. Add the sliced grilled chicken breasts on top, then layer on the crispy bacon slices. Top it all off with the other half of the toasted bun.
  7. Serve the sandwiches immediately while they’re still warm. Pair them with your favorite side dishes for a complete meal.

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