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.

Photography Credit: 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. 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 Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4.


  • 3 Tbps olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder (less or more depending on how much heat you want)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breast halves)
  • 4 small slices of Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 sets of hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • Iceberg or lettuce of preference
  • Mayonnaise


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

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

3 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.

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

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  • Todd

    I was trying to find something new to grill tonight for dinner. I think my nephew would actually eat this! Going to try it tonight. We’ll see. :)

  • lydia

    Do you marinate at room temperature or in the refrigerator?

  • teebopop

    The inside looks good … but, I want to know what type of bun that is. Whole Wheat? And crusty?

    Is the bun a type you can buy in a regular grocery store or a specialty shop (bakery)?


  • Kaya

    The chicken marinade sounds really good. I tend to like good old fashioned ketchup on grilled chicken. Not sure how it would work with the marinade, but I’d probably have to take the avacadoes off. Not a mayonnaise fan.

  • Michael

    I love this recipe, I make a similar one myself. I like to use canned chipotle peppers (split, seeds scraped out and minced) instead of powder. I also use a pinch of cumin in the marinade. If you are feeling a little crazy, whisk some honey in there as well…gives it a nice carmelization and that touch of sweetness :)

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