Grilled Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Posted by francis keyser Thursday, July 16, 2009
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15-20 min.
Cook Time: 10-15 min.
Difficulty: 1

It must be summer because fruit keeps sneaking into my recipes. I really had no idea this is what I was going to make for dinner. This recipe just fell piece by piece into place as the night went on. It started with me grabbing down some chicken before going to the gym. We'd not had it in a while and I thought it might make for a nice change of pace, plus we had both said we wanted a light dinner. When I arrived at the gym I decided I would grill the chicken because Zo does not really like chicken but loves it grilled. While spinning at the gym I thought it might be good to put it on a hamburger bun with some chipotle cheddar. Then at the store buying buns I saw some ripe pineapples that looked delicious so I grabbed one. I already had mesquite chips in the coals and BBQ sauce in the fridge so the only thing I really had to was make a rub for the chicken. The best part was when we took our first bites, the flavor! The juicy chicken and pineapple burst with flavor and the red pepper flakes lingered on our tingling tongues. All in all this was a great light dinner to have while we kicked back to watch a movie together.

Ingredients:
Chicken
2 chicken breasts
2 slices of chipotle cheddar
3 tbsp BBQ sauce (I used 1 1/2 tbsp of both our Coke and Root beer BBQ sauce)
2 classic white hamburger buns
mesquite chips (optional)

Rub
1/4 tsp ground coriander seed
1/8-1/4 tsp Cayenne
1/4 tsp garlic powder
4 drips liquid smoke (mesquite)
1 tbsp olive oil

Pineapple
2 fresh pineapple slices (about 1/3-1/2 inch thick)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Chicken
Pierce both sides of the chicken breast all over with a fork. Mix together rub ingredients in a small bowl. Let chicken marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Preheat grill to medium high (and add mesquite chips if using.)

After chicken has marinated place on microwave safe dish, and cook for 2 minutes on 40 percent power (you are not cooking the chicken, just getting the internal temperature up to avoid that cooked on the outside but raw on the inside problem that commonly happens when grilling chicken.) Place chicken on medium level grill and cook 5-6 minutes. Flip chicken, baste with BBQ sauce and cook another 5-6 minutes or until done.

Pineapple
Sprinkle red pepper flakes over pineapple and press them in with your fingers. Place pineapple on medium level grill with chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip pineapple and move to lower level grill for 2-3 minutes.

Toast buns last 3-4 minutes on high level grill.

After cooking all items add a little BBQ sauce to your buns, lay chipotle over chicken and assemble your sandwich in your desired order and enjoy! (I like my pineapple on bottom and Zo likes her on top with a little red leaf lettuce added.)

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