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Spicy Blackened Chicken Sandwiches

Recipe By Tessa Arias
April 14th, 2014

These spicy blackened chicken sandwiches have just 6 ingredients and are bursting with spicy, fresh, savory flavor. Lunch doesn’t get much better than this!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 8 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

TASTE: These sandwiches are bursting with spicy, vibrant flavor. One look at this ingredient list and I knew it would be one of the ones I would turn into a recipe! I particularly love how the fresh lemon cuts through the spiciness of the blackened chicken and the richness of the spicy aioli.
TEXTURE: The chicken has that charred crust on the outside but is so moist, juicy, and tender inside. I love any sandwich on chewy ciabatta bread and the broccoli slaw adds some nice crunchy texture.
EASE: Super duper easy.
APPEARANCE: Like a sandwich you’d get at a cute little café, but in your own kitchen!
PROS: Scrumptious and simple sandwich recipe.
CONS: None!

These spicy blackened chicken sandwiches have just 6 ingredients and are bursting with spicy, fresh, savory flavor. Lunch doesn’t get much better than this!
Spicy Blackened Chicken Sandwiches

This post is sponsored by Just BARE® Chicken. All opinions provided are my own.

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How to make
Spicy Blackened Chicken Sandwiches

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Inactive Time 10 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
These spicy blackened chicken sandwiches have just 6 ingredients and are bursting with spicy, fresh, savory flavor. Lunch doesn’t get much better than this!


  • 1 (12 ounce) bag broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 cup spicy aioli
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Just BARE® boneless skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 1 heaping tablespoon prepared blackened seasoning
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into 4 sandwich portions


  1. In a medium bowl combine the broccoli slaw, spicy aioli, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss until well coated. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the grill for cooking over direct medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the blackened seasoning, pressing the seasoning into the chicken to coat well.
  3. Once the grill is smoking hot, place the chicken on the grates. Turn the heat to the lowest setting. Cover and cook for about 4 minutes, or until blackened. Turn and cook on the other side for about another 4 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove the chicken to a plate, loosely tent with foil, and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Divide the chicken breasts between ciabatta slices. Top with the broccoli slaw mixture then sandwich with the remaining bread pieces. Serve.

Recipe Notes

You can also use a cast iron grill pan to cook the chicken, just make sure to turn your vent hood on as the pan may get smoky.
Recipe by Tessa Arias for Just BARE®
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 14, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I am loving Just Bare Chicken! And this recipe….quick, easy and yum-o-rama?! YES PLEASE. I love a good sandwich! Pinned 🙂

  2. #
    Angela — April 14, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Thank you. Can’t wait to try this easy recipe.

  3. #
    Baby June — April 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Looks delicious! I adore Ciabatta bread; always makes the best sandwiches.

  4. #
    Gaby — April 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I need this right now, so fabulous!

  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — April 23, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Love the slaw on this!

  6. #
    Grace — June 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    What blackening seasoning do you recommend?

    • #
      Tessa — June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      If you can find it, Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends makes a good blackening seasoning. Zatarain’s does too!

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