Chipotle Grilled Chicken with Avocado Sandwich

Grilled chicken with avocado sandwich, seasoned with chipotle. The fire of the chipotle chile powder is balanced out by the creamy cooling flavor of the avocado.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken with Avocado Sandwich
Elise Bauer

We were, until recently, a family of non-grillers.

While other Americans are happily firing away during the hot summer, filling up their neighborhoods with juicy aromas, we would tend to stay inside and think of what we could make for dinner that didn't use the stove or oven.

The problem is that Sacramento summers start early and go on forever, and cold food just gets tiring after a month or two.

Which is why I brought home a grill a few weeks ago.

Today's grill experiment was this chipotle grilled chicken with Monterey Jack cheese and avocados on hamburger buns. I loved it! As did my guinea pig recipe testers Molly and David.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken with Avocado Sandwich
Elise Bauer

By the way, I know there are probably some mayo haters out there. I tried it without mayo, and it was too dry. If you don't like mayo, then mash up the avocados into a guacamole.

You need the creaminess of either the avocado or the mayo to balance the spiciness of the chile and the roughness of the grilled bun.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken with Avocado Sandwich

Total Time 0 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (less or more depending on how much heat you want)

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breast halves)

  • 4 small slices Monterey Jack cheese

  • 4 sets hamburger buns

  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced

  • Iceberg or lettuce of preference

  • Mayonnaise


  1. Make the marinade:

    In a shallow bowl, stir together the olive oil, lime juice, and chipotle chile powder.

  2. Pound chicken breasts to even thickness:

    Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of wax paper. Use a meat pounder to pound the breasts to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. Cut off excess fat. If you are starting with 2 half-pound chicken breast halves, cut each one in half so that you have 4 pieces (to better fit the buns).

  3. Marinate the chicken:

    Place the chicken breasts in the marinade, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour.

  4. Grill the chicken breasts and buns:

    Heat your grill on high heat if you are using a gas grill, or prepare coals for direct heat if you are using charcoal. You can also use a cast-iron grill pan on your stove if you do not have a grill.

    Grill the chicken pieces a couple minutes on each side, until cooked through. Once you have cooked the chicken pieces on one side and flipped them, add a slice of cheese to the chicken. Cover the grill for half a minute to melt the cheese.

    Toast the buns on the grill as well.

  5. Assemble:

    Assemble the sandwiches - bun bottom, chicken with melted cheese, avocado and lettuce, mayonnaise on the top bun.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
722 Calories
44g Fat
39g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 722
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 912mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.