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Gourmet barbeque chicken sandwich

Chad Minton
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

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1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
touch of clarified butter
bbq sauce of choice (mild preferred for this recipe)
1 slice cheese (aged New York cheddar preferred)
chipotle aoli (can substitute mayonnaise)
arugula (can substitute lettuce)
1 avocado, sliced
2-3 slices bacon
Spice rub (combination of spices as described below)
1 roll (gourmet chive roll recommended)


Wash chicken and place in two layers of plastc wrap. Pound to tenderize chicken and make the meat a uniform thickness.

Add a touch of clarified butter before dipping chicken in a spice rub. A flavorful combination involves ground cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin and New Mexico chile powder. The rub can go on the chicken up to one day in advance of cooking.

Grill the chicken over meat heat, adding barbeque sauce toward the end of its brief time on the grill.
Add avocado and bacon slices to balance the spices and add a smoky texture. Arugula is a spicy green addition to the sandwich, and an excellent sauce is chipotle aoli: a garlicky mayonnaise with roasted peppers.

Place the meat and fixings on a gourmet roll, preferably chive-flavored.

Serves 1.

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