Take your tastebuds on vacation with this super easy Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich. Ready in just a few minutes and bursting with flavor, this will soon become a family favorite…I guarantee!
Haaaaappy Friiiiiiidaaaayyy! I thought this week would never end. It just dragged on and on and on….and for no particular reason. I felt tired and lazy and just wanted to nap all day long. So, it took some effort to get things done this week and after doing a few administrative things today like reading contracts (so fun) I’ll be ready to kick off the weekend. I definitely need a vacation, like a real vacation without any Instagramming or Facebook updates. A vacation where I shut it down, sit on a beach chair and stare at some crystal blue waters. Like the Caribbean. Where I found the inspiration for this Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich many, many, many, many years ago. (Wow, I just felt old.)
When my husband and I were still dating, we took a vacation together to see if we could stand each other for a straight week. LOL! I’m kidding…kinda. We went to St. Thomas for 8 whole days and had a flipping amazing time. If you’ve never been to the US Virgin Islands, it’s definitely a place worth adding to your bucket list. The water there is a brilliant turquoise blue and crystal clear. The sand is snow white and powder fine….and the restaurants are insanely fabulous. So, it’s a bit weird that I would be inspired to recreate something so simple as a Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich…right? But really…it was amazing and it’s so easy to make that we’ve been whipping them up every summer since that trip. Which…was so long ago that I didn’t even own a digital camera AND the iPhone didn’t exist. Nor did cell phones with cameras. So…..yeah, that’s why you are only seeing pics of the sandwich and not of the Caribbean Sea.
Anywho….this Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich is ready in a flash so it’s perfect for a quick lunch or easy weeknight dinner. I like to keep some chicken in the freezer already marinated in teriyaki sauce so on those nights when you have no idea what to make you can just grab it, thaw and grill. It’s topped with swiss cheese…yes, it sounds odd but go with it. It’s the best decision ever. And a slice of grilled pineapple. Slather a bit of Garlic Aioli on the roll, layer with a bit of lettuce, red onion and chow down. So, so simple and fantastic with a side of macaroni salad or this easy broccoli salad. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Now, book that flight to the Caribbean ASAP. Or at least add it to the bucket list.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves
- 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
- 4 slices swiss cheese
- 4 slices pineapple rounds
- 4 tablespoons garlic aioli
- 4 lettuce leaves
- thinly sliced red onion
- 4 hamburger buns
- Place the chicken in a resealable bag and add the teriyaki sauce. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Marinade for 30 minutes or overnight.
- Preheat the grill.
- Grill the chicken over high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Turn the heat to low and top each chicken breast with one slice of cheese.
- While the cheese melts, grill the pineapple for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of aioli on each of the top halves of the bun.
- Place one lettuce leaf, red onion, chicken and pineapple on the bottom half of the roll.
- Top with the remaining bun.
- Serve immediately.