Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level?  Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level? Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!So the other day, we were getting our back deck re-stained.  The original stain had faded away from the weather (i.e. feet of snow every winter), and it was just time to get the porch looking nice again.  A portion of our back deck is screened in, and that part didn’t need any work.  In order to clear off the outdoor portion of the deck, I rolled, carried, shoved and coerced everything from the outdoor part to the indoor part.  Unfortunately, that meant both of my grills.  Along with several large (and monstrously heavy) planters, our mini-lemon tree/bush and our outdoor table.

There was a tiny path through the furniture so the dogs could get out, but that was about it.  I was ok with not having our screened-in porch for a few days.  But the grills?  That took it one step too far.  How exactly do you expect me to eat in the summer without my grills??  I could’ve tried to carry one down into the yard, but that sounded like a bit of a disaster waiting to happen.  That’s when I remembered the little camping grill stuck away in the shed.

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level? Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!Truthfully, I almost ditched that mini-camping grill several months ago.  It hadn’t been used in years, and we don’t camp.  (Our idea of camping involves a cabin in the woods with a jacuzzi and satellite tv.)  But I’m glad I saved that thing!  I tromped out to the shed, brushed off the cobwebs and got that little grill ready to go again…right in the middle of our driveway.  I like to keep it classy around here.  Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures!

Just like the little engine that could, that mini-camping grill stepped up and did the job!  Although I made a dumb mistake and used lump charcoal in there instead of briquettes.  I didn’t have any briquettes, and I figured lump charcoal would work just as well.  It did, all the way from the afternoon to sometime in the middle of the night when it finally burned out.  Oops.

GrillSo what was I making that created such a need for the grill?  A Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich.  Chicken salad is a bit like chocolate chip cookies and potato salad.  Everyone has their favorite recipe.  That’s ok.  The point of this post is really to just put the idea of grilled chicken into your head.  Take your favorite family recipe for chicken salad, but just grill the chicken first.  Deliciousness taken to a whole new level!  (I’ve included my go-to chicken salad recipe below.  And you’ll notice that I cut out some of the mayo for sour cream.  It totally works!)

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level? Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!I first stumbled across the idea of the grilled chicken salad sandwich at a grocery store a couple of years ago.  We were visiting friends in the Philly area, and we stopped in for lunch at a grocery store.  Lunch at a grocery store?  But of course…especially when that store starts with Weg and ends with Man’s.  (If you’ve got a Wegman’s in your area, then I’m jealous!)  When we got back home, I took a stab at making this grilled chicken salad sandwich myself.  And now it’s the only way I make chicken salad in the summer.  (In the winter, I’ll typically just make it using a rotisserie chicken from the store instead.)

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level? Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!Have you ever grilled in your driveway?

Do you put grapes in your chicken salad?  (I most definitely do not.  I love grapes, but not in my chicken salad.)

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level? Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!

Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich

Want to take an old favorite to a whole new level? Try this Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwich!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 565kcal

Ingredients

For the Grilled Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Chicken Salad

  • ½ cup celery 1-2 stalks, diced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ Tbsp dried parsley or 1½ Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 6 croissants
  • {optional} 6 lettuce leaves
  • {optional} 1 large tomato sliced

Instructions

For the Grilled Chicken

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Grill over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes per side, or until fully cooked. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let cool slightly.
  • Once cool, use 2 forks to shred the grilled chicken breasts. (Another option is to dice the chicken into ½”-1” cubes.)

For the Chicken Salad

  • Using a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for croissants and lettuce (shredded chicken, celery, onion, garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, parsley, salt and pepper).
  • Refrigerate until cold.
  • Serve chicken salad on sliced croissants with lettuce and tomato {optional}.

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28 Comments

  1. Deeeeelicious! I love you put the chicken on a sweet bun rather than a savoury one! Reminds me of my sweetest childhood days in Spain when we had similar for lunch!

    1. Oh, this was one delicious sandwich, Lucie! I love using sweet croissant buns for savory sandwiches. I’m not huge on sweet + savory together usually, but it totally works for this one. Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Duuude – you are one hardcore griller! I don’t even have pure lump charcoal – though I recall someone once saying it’s the stuff real grillers use! And, I don’t think I’ve ever grilled in my driveway, that’s simply hardcore-grilling-geniusesness! Speaking of which, grilled chicken instead of regular chicken in chicken salad is another genius idea – as is the sour cream sub for some mayo. Nope, I sure haven’t added grapes to my chicken salad – and shame on me – I picked them out of one I had somewhere else – such a bad foodie eh?!
    I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend friend!

    1. Lump charcoal is where it’s at, Shashi! I love using that stuff. Of course, I usually use it when smoking since it can burn all day. I learned my lesson using it in a ‘regular’ grilling recipe. I seriously had to leave that grill out overnight. 🙂

      And as far as grapes in chicken salad? I’m right there with ya! Serve the grapes on the side…but not in the chicken salad. Blech! Hope you and lil Shashi had a great weekend!

  3. Hi David! Chicken salad is either blah or really good and yours sounds really good! I quite often use croissants for chicken salad, We had a small grill similar to yours when we bought this house (our good grills were still at the house in MI) and Gary sat it on top of overturned five gallon plastic bucket one night to grill and it melted through the bucket! And I don’t like grapes in my chicken salad either!

    1. Wow, I wish I could have seen the look on Gary’s face when he went out to that grill and found that it had melted right through the bucket! I hope dinner wasn’t ruined that night. 🙂 And yes, I’m with ya on chicken salad…I had a pretty blah chicken salad sandwich just last week at one of Laura’s work events. It made me want to come home and make another batch of this really tasty version! Thanks, Dorothy…I hope you and Gary are doing well!

    1. Yeah, lump charcoal is where it’s at for smoking and also pizza baking on the grill. But for a ‘regular’ recipe? Not so much. I literally had to leave that grill out in the driveway overnight. Haha! But it was totally worth it for these chicken salad sammiches. Hope you and Dave had a great weekend out there on the west coast!

  4. I don’t put grapes in chicken salad, although I do like having them in there. I usually go with dried cherries and a splash of almond extract. Grilling the chicken is brilliant! You could have grilled chicken one night, and chicken salad a few nights later.

    1. Almond extract, eh? Now that’s a unique twist on chicken salad. My Mom puts sliced almonds in her chicken salad…and truthfully I had forgotten about that until you mentioned almonds here. Sounds delicious, Jeff!

    1. Grilling the chicken is just a fun little twist…but it adds so much flavor to chicken salad! And the sour cream-mayo thing? You could hardly tell! I’m a sucker for a good sammich, and this one totally qualified as a good sammich! 🙂 Thanks, Dawn!

  5. David and no grills? It’s just sound painfully wrong. You’re inseparable. Impossible to imaginine. It’s basically as unlikely as Ben and no lavender, right? But I’m glad you found that camping thing (And made these delicious sandwiches). And yes, I do add grapes in a chicken salad (Also, I do roast them sometimes).

    1. I know! I have no less than 3 grills around here…perfect for when 2 of them are locked away and can’t be used. Haha! I’m not a fan of grapes in chicken salad, but I like the idea of roasting them first. I might have to try that next time. Thanks, Ben!

  6. I swear grocery stores make the BEST chicken salads.. I think I even stated on the blog how my favorite sandwich ever was from Duane Reade’s in New York lol…that darn chicken salad! Ironically, the grapes are a pretty epic addition, along with the cinnamon raisin bread too.

    This looks epic, grill or not in tow!

    1. Yes! I totally remember reading about your love affair with Duane Reade’s sandwiches. How do they do it?? Although I have to admit that I think I like this version better than Wegman’s. (I never thought those words would come out of my mouth…but it’s true!) Here’s to delicious sammiches!

  7. This sandwich looks so delicious. Love that its grilled and served on my favorite croissants. Thank you so much for sharing this one 🙂

    1. Oh the grilled chicken makes such a yummy addition to this chicken salad. I know it takes a few extra minutes to grill the chicken, but woah…it’s totally worth it! And yes, croissants are a requirement for chicken salad! 🙂 Thanks, Kushi!

  8. Yes! Chicken salad has to be one of most favorite dishes right now and forever! There’s so many variations and they’re all so delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  9. I have been eating chicken salad for a solid two weeks. One batch I made from a rotisserie and the other was from an event I attended. Needless to say I love a good chicken salad and this grilled version looks so good! And on a croissant? Yes!

    1. Oh man, I’m a little bit jealous about your chicken salad fiesta lately! I think I could eat chicken salad for 2 weeks straight and be a happy camper! I often do rotisserie, too…but try the grilled version sometime. It adds a whole new fun layer of flavor in there! Thanks, Tamara!

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