Grilled Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Melts Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approximately 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Bacon:

  • 6-8 slices of bacon

Other:

  • 8 slices of your favorite bread
  • 8 slices Provolone or mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • Optional: Sun-dried tomato basil mayo (recipe below)

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Mayo

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Prepare the chicken:

  • Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness.
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Rub the mixture over the chicken breasts.

Cook the bacon:

  • Cook the bacon in a skillet or the oven until crispy. Drain on paper towels, then roughly chop.

Grill the chicken:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165°F/74°C).
  • In the last minute or two of cooking, place a slice of cheese on each chicken breast to melt.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for a few minutes.

Prepare the avocado:

  • Slice the avocado into even pieces.

Assemble the Melts:

  • Lightly toast or grill your bread slices.
  • If making the sun-dried tomato basil mayo, mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Spread desired amount of mayo (or plain mayo, if preferred) on one side of each bread slice.
  • Layer the chicken, bacon, and avocado slices on top of 4 slices of bread.
  • Place the remaining 4 bread slices on top to complete the sandwiches.

Final Grill/Melt:

  • Return the melts to the grill for 1-2 minutes per side or until the cheese is fully melted and the bread is nicely toasted.
  • Alternatively, for oven method: Place melts on a baking sheet and bake (or broil) in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for a few minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Tips:

  • Customize it: Add other toppings like sliced tomatoes, lettuce, or red onion.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of chili flakes to the chicken seasoning for a little kick.
  • No grill? No problem: Cook the chicken breasts in a skillet over medium heat instead of grilling.

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