Recipe of The Month: Dirty Bird Sandwich

Grilled chicken sandwiches are always a good idea; especially when the chicken is packed with flavour and smothered in slaw. This recipe is really simple, but you can add all kinds of toppings to create the sandwich of your dreams – so get dreaming, friends, and get grilling. This sandwich isn’t going to make itself!





  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Kosmos Dirty Bird Dry Rub
  • 1 ½ cups store-bought or homemade cabbage and carrot coleslaw
  • ¼ small purple onion
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (use white vinegar, cider vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice – it really depends on your flavour preference!)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • Sandwich toppings of your choice (see STEP 10 for suggestions!)


STEP 1: Assemble your ingredients and heat your grill to medium-high.

STEP 2: Generously season your breasts with the dry rub; don’t forget to season both sides, there is nothing worse than an unevenly seasoned breast.


STEP 3: When the grill is heated, give it a good scrub and then oil the grate with some grapeseed or canola oil on a paper towel.

STEP 4: Place the seasoned breasts on the grill, close, and let cook for 5-7 minutes.

STEP 5: While the chicken is cooking, prep your slaw! Slice the quarter onion as thinly as you can; it might help to use a mandolin slicer, but for the love of everything good in the world, BE CAREFUL. No one wants fingertips in their sandwich. Place the onion (sans fingertips) and slaw in a medium bowl.


STEP 6: Now, for the dressing. Whisk the mayo, vinegar (or whatever you’re using), and a pinch of salt and pepper together. Taste, and add more salt and pepper, as needed.


STEP 7: After 5-7 minutes, flip the chicken over. Cover, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the grill and let the chicken rest while you finish up the slaw.


STEP 8: Add the dressing to the veggie mixture and toss to coat. It might seem like a lot of dressing, but it’ll add a nice bit of sauciness to the sandwich.


STEP 9: Prep your buns. That is all.

STEP 10: Assemble the sandwiches (surely you don’t need instructions for this bit). Now is when you can get creative. Add some pickle slices or pickled hot peppers. Squeeze some barbecue sauce or ketchup over the slaw. 


Do what you need to do to make this your perfect sando. OMG crushed potato chips would be pretty damn good on here, no?

STEP 11: That’s it! Enjoy! Oh, before you eat it, get some napkins or a roll of paper towel or something. It’s gonna be messy.

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