The “So Canadian” Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Serves: 4

This prizewinning sandwich uses grilled chicken and a homemade barbeque sauce to create maximum flavour. Maple syrup adds a delicate sweetness that makes this savoury sandwich taste out of this world. By Mitchell Horne (age 9), Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, Toronto, ON Grand-prize winner of our 2006 Canada Day Chicken Challenge contest.


The “So Canadian" Chicken Sandwich:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), 4-5 oz each
4 slices old cheddar cheese
4 Kaiser roll(s), halved
lettuce, leaves

Maple BBQ Sauce:

3 cloves garlic, finely-chopped
1 onion(s), finely-chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 1/2 cup (375 mL) ketchup
1/4 cup (60 mL) maple syrup
2 tbsp (30 mL) sherry vinegar
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) Dijon mustard
1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1 salt, pinch
1 pepper, pinch


The “So Canadian" Chicken Sandwich

1 In a saucepan over medium heat cook garlic and onion in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of hot oil until tender, stirring occasionally.
2 Add ketchup, maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper; bring to a boil.
3 Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Add some water if sauce is too thick, or cook longer if sauce is too thin.
4 Grill each breast 6-8 minutes over medium heat or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Apply BBQ sauce after grilling is complete.
5 Cut buns in half, garnish with lettuce on bottom half and cheese slice on top half. Add more BBQ sauce to chicken if desired.