BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Lets be real, we all love BBQ chicken. Its my favorite summer time food and I could eat it on anything. My husband and I bought an electric grill this summer and had a huge learning curve. We are both used to cooking on gas and charcoal grills and had to adjust cook times on almost all our BBQ recipes. One thing we discovered with this new grill is that using dry rubs made way less of a mess and didn’t burn. Using a dry rub still gives the meat a great flavor and you can always use barbecue sauce at the end if you like your meat a little more saucy.

I originally made this rub thinking it would be great for grilled chicken tacos. When I tried it for the first time all I could think about was how amazing it would be with bacon and avocado. So I decided to use this rub for BBQ chicken sandwiches..which I originally called burgers but my horrified husband corrected me that a burger is made from ground meat.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

  • Servings: 4
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Chicken BBQ Dry Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: makes ¾ cup 


3 TBSP chili powder

1 TBSP Italian seasoning

1 tsp coconut sugar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika


Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Store in a jar with a tight lid.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time:  20 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


4 Chicken Thighs

4 TBSP BBQ seasoning

4 pieces of bacon cooked



Avocado slices

Gluten Free Bun (I like Ener-G, Canyon Buns or Bread Srsly’s sourdough rolls)


  1. Preheat the grill for 10 minutes.
  2. Coat the chicken thighs in the BBQ seasoning, cook chicken on the grill 5 minutes per side.
  3. When you flip the chicken add the buns to the grill to toast them.
  4. Assemble sandwiches (mayo on buns, avocado, lettuce, grilled chicken, bacon)

Notes: Depending on your grill the chicken thighs take 5-10 minutes per side, for example a gas grill will be quicker than a charcoal grill.

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