Growing Chefs! Ontario Cherry Chicken Sandwich

Cherry Chicken Sandwich

This recipe features some of the best flavours of summer and is the perfect summer dish for lunch or dinner!
Serves 8
12 chicken thighs, boneless skinless1 Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe1 Pesto Mayonnaise recipe1 Quick Pickled onion recipe1 1/2 cups baby arugula8 Ciabatta Buns Salt Pepper
Cutting boardPairing knifeBread knifeMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsWooden spoonMixing bowls of various sizesTasting spoonsDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mise en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Prepare all recipes required including cherry BBQ sauce, pesto mayonnaise and pickled onions.

Preheat barbecue.

Slice ciabatta buns in half lengthwise.

Wash and dry baby arugula very well.

Get Cooking!

Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides.

Place on medium high heat on the grill for about 3 – 4 minutes on the first side. Flip the chicken and brush with cherry BBQ sauce. Continue to flip the chicken thighs every 3 – 4 minutes and brush with more BBQ sauce until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F and remove from the grill. Brush once more with cherry BBQ sauce and let rest for a few minutes.

Toast the ciabatta buns lightly on the grill, 2 – 3 minutes on high heat.

Slice chicken thighs in half on a slight angle.

To assemble the sandwich, begin by spreading pesto mayonnaise on the bottom bun. Place chicken thighs next, then top with baby arugula and pickled onions. Cover the sandwich with the top bun and serve warm.

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Cherry BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce can be spicy, tangy, sweet…you name it! This recipe can use sweet or sour cherries to give it a delightful sweetness or some amazing tang!

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Pesto Mayonnaise

From the Italian word ​“pestare,” meaning to ​“pound or crush,” pesto is a perfect way to use up basil and other greens. Traditionally made with pine nuts, we substitute pumpkin seeds to keep it nut free. Serve on pasta, as a vegetable dip or use for a delicious sandwich spread.

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Quick Pickled Onion

Most quick pickle recipes require boiling vinegar, sugar, and water. This quick and easy no heat recipe pickled onion is ready in 20 minutes!

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