Grilled Chicken Sandwich for Back to School #SundaySupper

Grilled Chicken Sandwich for a back to school #SundaySupper. | cookingchatfood.comOne of our projects this summer has been to develop new healthy snacks and lunches that will provide our fast growing 10 year old boy with the nutrition he needs. In addition to the typical challenge of a kids palate, he has multiple food allergies that limit the choices. We have a bacon & bean spread that shows promise but still needs a few tweaks, and have gotten a big thumbs up for this Dairy-Free Banana Strawberry Smoothie.

enjoying a dairy free smoothie |

The smoothie is a nice after school snack option, especially in the warmer weather. But we also wanted to expand B’s lunch options. We don’t feel comfortable having him get the school lunches given the allergy concerns, so most days he has been taking soynut butter sandwiches. We were looking for variety as well as something that would pack more protein and other nutrients. Enter the Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

As a teen, I often packed chicken sandwiches when there were leftovers available. So I thought we’d see if he’d go for something similar. I figure getting flavorful chicken would be a good starting point. After some experimenting this summer, I came up with this Juicy Grilled Chicken Breast recipe that we all enjoy having in the regular dinner rotation. This chicken marinades for about an hour with soy sauce, lemonade, honey, and rice wine vinegar, and then is grilled for about 10 minutes for a nice tender and juicy chicken. I typically make 3 chicken breast fillets when grilling this, which is plenty for a supper for our family of three followed by enough leftover for a couple days of grilled chicken sandwiches.

Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts are the starting point for a great grilled chicken sandwich |

As you might imagine, making the grilled chicken sandwich is quite easy once you have some grilled chicken on hand. I slice up the chicken one-half inch thick for the sandwich. I use a bit of the dairy free butter spread as an alternative to mustard or mayo…mayo being an allergy no-no because of the eggs, and B hasn’t acquired a taste for mustard.
making grilled chicken sandwich.We were particularly interested in getting more protein into B’s lunch. Perhaps in so doing he might not be looking for a snack every half hour upon getting home from school. But I thought I’d try to work in some healthy greens into the equation too. I’d by lying if I told you B loves the addition of baby spinach. But as long as I don’t try to make it look like a salad between two pieces of bread, he still likes the sandwich overall and manages to eat the modest handful of spinach without complaint. Sounds like a winner to me!

So we’ve got a healthy, substantial new sandwich to send when school is back in session come September. Now, just need to find a good option for keeping it fresh now that his lunch has chicken instead of soynut butter. If you’ve got something you’d recommend for packing lunches with perishable items, please let me know in the comments!

A Grilled Chicken Sandwich makes a healthy back to school lunch option. |

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich for Back to School #SundaySupper
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A grilled chicken sandwich provides kids with plenty of protein as part of a healthy school lunch.
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 serving
  • ½ of a grilled chicken breast, cut into ½ inch thick slices
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • handful of baby spinach
  • 1 tsp dairy free butter spread
  1. Use knife to spread the butter over one piece of the bread.
  2. Place the chicken slices in a single layer on the bread.
  3. Top the chicken with the baby spinach.
  4. Cover the sandwich with the other piece of bread, and cut in half to make it easier to eat.

Be sure to check out all these great Back to School food ideas from the #SundaySupper bloggers! And thanks to DB of Crazy Foodie Stunts  and Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting the event.

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  1. says

    One of my daughters took a lunch to school all the way up until midway through 11th grade so I was always using leftovers for sandwiches or packing Thermoses with pasta or soup. The same thing everyday can mean that the food comes home uneaten because, “Oh, no! Not X again!” Your grilled chicken looks delicious, David, so I am sure it makes a tasty sandwich! I used to pack a frozen (no sugar added) juice box with my daughter’s lunch (in an insulated lunch bag) when it was something that needed to stay cool. You have to wrap it in a paper towel so the condensation doesn’t wet any of the other food, but it seemed to do the trick, with the added bonus of a chilled beverage to drink.

  2. says

    We are huge chicken eaters in my family, so we usually have cooked chicken breast in the fridge to use for sandwiches and wraps, and sometimes just alone with BBQ sauce. I love the spinach leaves! This looks like a fantastic lunchbox meal!


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