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EPIC Grilled Chicken Sandwich Board

Perfect for easy weeknight dinners and for entertaining this Grilled Chicken Sandwich Toppings Board is simple to make and will make even the pickiest eater happy! Consisting of grilled chicken, buns, and a variety of different toppings everyone gets to make a grilled chicken sandwich how they like it!

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How to make a Grilled Chicken Sandwich Board

In full disclosure this recipe was created out of my pure laziness! Yes even I as a recipe developer get nights where I don’t feel like cooking or making a big complicated meal, we are all human right?!

So I simply grilled up chicken breasts and set out all the toppings for my family to all decide what kind of sandwiches they wanted to make themselves.It way a HUGE hit!

So since it was so simple and easy for me to make I obviously put it on my meal plan again and again until finally my husband told me I need to get this on the blog.

So here we are, be lazy like me!

The best part is is that this works just as well as an easy family dinner as it does an entertaining option. Let’s say Grandma & Grandpa are coming for dinner or a relaxed summer night with friends, this board stands up just as well!

Plus it is totally customizable to what you and your family like! I try to include most of the iconic toppings below but this can easily be made to how you like it!

hand grabbing a chicken thigh off of the platter to put on a sandwich

Supplies Needed:

Grill: This is a grilling recipe after all. Any type of grill should work just great here! I use a gas grill for a quick dinner but a charcoal grill would work just as well.

A Serving Board: This can be whatever you have, it can range from a gorgeous charcuterie platter to a cutting board. I personally use one of my wooden cutting boards like this one off of Amazon.

Bowls for Sauce: You don’t want anything too big for bowls, I actually recommend using pinch bowls! Pinch bowls should be big enough to hold enough sauce but small enough that they don’t take up too much room on the board. I use the small glass ones like crazy in my kitchen but they come in lots of fun colors too:

Utensils for Serving: Lastly you will want to include spoons and knifes for sauces. I honestly don’t use anything too fancy here besides small spoons and butter knifes.

Once you have everything you need you are ready to get cooking!

Ingredients You Will Probably Want (But Not Limited Too)

  • boneless-skinless chicken thighs
  • ‘hamburger’ buns 
  • sauces: mayo, barbecue sauce, ketchup, buffalo sauce, mustard, teriyaki, ranch, pesto, honey mustard, etc
  • garnishes: tomato, romaine/lettuce, sliced cheese, avocado, dill pickle slices, red onion, jalapeño, pineapple, bacon, etc

The idea then is to pick your favorites and use those, I don’t recommend using everything above frankly because there just won’t be enough room on one board (unless you have a mega board or two boards, which isn’t a bad idea for a crowd).

I recommend starting with 3 or 4 sauces and base the rest of the garnishes off of those. So here are some pairing ideas:

The Classic

Ketchup & Mayo, Pickles, Tomatoes, Onion, lettuce, and Colby Jack Cheese

Barbecue

Barbecue, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onion, Jalapeños

Buffalo

Buffalo Sauce, Pepper Jack or Blue Cheese, Ranch, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onion

Hawaiian

Teriyaki, Pineapple, Red Onion, Lettuce Tomatoes

Pesto

Pesto, Mozzarella, Tomato

Cali Club

Mayo or Ranch, Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Red Onion, Tomato

Honey Mustard

Honey Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion

AND this list is just a place to start getting grilled chicken sandwich ideas! You have total freedom to go crazy.

Pickles with Buffalo Chicken, why not?

I will note when building this platter you will want to stick with some of the basic and heavily used garnishes like:

  • sliced cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • onion
  • mayo

Otherwise go crazy!

So now that we have what you want on your board let’s get making some grilled chicken sandwiches:

close up of grilled chicken on a large bamboo cutting board with different sandwich toppings around the chicken

Instructions:

Preheat and lightly grease an outdoor grill to medium heat. 

Generously salt (and pepper, if you like pepper) the chicken thighs. Add thighs to direct heat on the grill.

Cook for 5 minutes. Flip chicken, cook another 5 minutes. Flip chicken once more and cook about another 5 minutes for a total of 15 minutes or until fully cooked. Chicken needs to have an internal temperature to be at least 165ºF, because chicken thighs are higher in fat they taste better when cooked to roughly 180ºF. So I aim to take mine off the grill around 180ºF and then let them rest.

Transfer chicken to a plate, cover tightly with aluminum foil and rest at least 5 minutes. 

While the chicken is cooking and resting prepare the rest of the garnishes for the board. And start to build your board. 

Start with the sauces. Use small bowls (pinch bowls) for the sauces, place the sauces on the board spread out and not too close together, aim to have one near each corner of the board. 

Add your buns, these take up a lot of room so add them in two seperate piles on opposite sides of the board. 

Next start placing your garnishes around the sauce bowls and buns ensuring there is a spot for the chicken in the center of the board. 

Last add the rested chicken to the center of the board. Make any last minute adjustments to your board (like adding more garnishes or moving them around) and ensure there is serving wear available (spoon and knifes). Serve immediately!

Now sit back and watch the rest of your family get creative (or not creative, it’s okay to like a plain style sandwich).

Image of chicken sandwich board with arrows pointing out the steps of the instructions on the order of the ingredients
man holding a large bamboo board filled with grilled chicken, buns, and toppings
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top view of a grilled chicken sandwich toppings board complete with grilled chicken, buns, and a variety of toppings

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Toppings Board

Yield: Feeds 4-8 People
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Grilled chicken, buns, and a variety of different toppings everyone gets to make a grilled chicken sandwich how they like it!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds boneless-skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 package 'hamburger' buns
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 large tomato, sliced thin
  • 1 heart of romaine, leaves detached
  • 8 slices of your favorite cheese
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of dill pickle slices
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly slices
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat and lightly grease an outdoor grill to medium heat.
  2. Generously salt (and pepper, if you like pepper) the chicken thighs. Add thighs to direct heat on the grill. Cook for 5 minutes. Flip chicken, cook another 5 minutes. Flip chicken once more and cook about another 5 minutes or until fully cooked*. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover tightly with aluminum foil and rest at least 5 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is resting prepare the rest of the garnishes for the board. And start to build your board.
  4. Start with the sauces. Use small bowls for the sauces, place the sauces on the board spread out and not to close together, aim to have one near each corner of the board.
  5. Add your buns, these take up a lot of room so add them in two seperate piles on opposite sides of the board.
  6. Next start placing your garnishes around the sauce bowls and buns ensuring there is a spot for the chicken in the center of the board.
  7. Last add the rested chicken to the center of the board. Make any last minute adjustments to your board (like adding more garshies or moving them around) and ensure there is serving wear available (spoon and knifes). Serve immediately.

Notes

*Chicken needs to have an internal temperature to be at least 165ºF, because chicken thighs are higher in fat they taste better when cooked to roughly 180ºF. So I aim to take mine off the grill around 180ºF and then let them rest.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 570Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1312mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 57g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made. --> Nutrition will differ for each individual sandwich.

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