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Mustard-marinated Chicken Sandwiches



Thu Apr 30, 2020
If you're a regular follower of this blog you may have noticed that about 90% of the recipes I share out are cooked within five to six Meatwaves throughout the year. I do this purposefully for a couple reasons: I find it easier to cook in large portions and it also gives me an audience for feedback on each dish, allowing me to know what's working and what's not, which leads to the best final recipes for sharing. In recent years, grilling for just me and wife has become more sporadic, but the last month and half of a stay-at-home order has changed that dramatically. I'm now grilling way more often, focusing on recipes that can be made for two with little food waste, but can also be easily scalable up for the usual recipe portions. These mustard-marinated chicken sandwiches fall into this category since they gave me the opportunity to use up some ingredients I already had on hand and were a perfect thing to make to serve a couple.

The marinade was partially devised based on what I had on hand in the fridge. I thought of what things would taste really good together on chicken and landed on a Dijon heavy sauce whose pungency was contrasted by dark brown sugar, given acidity from lemon juice, a sharp bite from garlic, and thyme for a background herbal component.

The chicken breasts I had in the freezer were on the larger size, so I opted to use only one for two sandwiches, but split the breast in half horizontally first. This had the benefit of creating a chicken breast piece that was also a fairly even thickness, which is a big help in cooking it evenly and avoiding drying it out.

This somewhat thin chicken breasts didn't need all that much time to marinate—I figured a couple hours would be more than enough. The sauce wasn't so heavily acidic though that an overnight stint wouldn't work, so if you're all about prepping ahead of time, you could go ahead and get this step of the recipe done the day before.

I had made a batch of caramelized onions for mushroom Swiss burgers the week before and only used half of them in that application. So I was thinking of a way to use up those deeply browned onions and on these sandwiches they seemed like they would add a nice touch of sweetness to counteract the sharpness of the mustard.

Using the sugary onions made me feel confident that another hit of mustard would be the right call for the sauce. I went in double with the Dijon here, using both the whole grain and smooth varieties, which I mixed with some mayo, lemon juice, and Worcestershire, which gave the sauce a nice savoriness too.

Also on the list of things I needed to use up was bacon—I had bought a mega pack and figured I'd find many things to use bacon in over a couple weeks period. If you haven't tried grilling bacon yet, it may end up being a life changing revelation. It's so easy to cook a large quantity and you don't have to deal with the mess or smell that can be negatives of stovetop cooking. On the grill, you just need to cook it over indirect heat, covered, and with a hot fire it'll be well browned and extra crisp within ten minutes or so.

After I finished the bacon and had it draining on a paper towel-lined plate, I placed the marinated chicken breasts over the hot side of the two-zone fire I had going. I'm not a big fan of chicken breasts on the grill because they can overcook so quickly, so I kept a very watchful eye on these, flipping them occasionally, and moving them to the cool side of the grill when then were about ten degrees shy of my desired final internal temperature of around 155°F.

Once over indirect heat, I topped the breasts with Swiss cheese—also leftover from those mushroom Swiss burgers—and caramelized onions and then covered. I let the chicken continue to cook until the cheese was completely melted, and during that time, the meat also reached its intended final temperature.

Then, just before serving, I quickly toasted the buns, which I had chosen a pretzel variety to pair with all the mustardy flavors going on. Once they were warmed, I assembled the sandwiches with the topped chicken, bacon slices, and some lettuce, which I had leftover from making nam khao (Laotian crispy rice salad) lettuce wraps the night before.

These sandwiches really left me thinking that maybe I need to readjust my cooking habits a bit. I'm usually an advance planner and have a very clear idea for everything I'm going to cook, but I really cobbled these together due to current needs of making small meals that use up ingredients I have on hand, but the sandwiches tasted as fully realized as anything else I make. The mustard marinade did the chicken a lot of justice, giving it a sharp and lightly sweet flavor that worked well with the natural flavor of the meat. Swiss was the right mellow paring for the chicken, bacon brought that irresistible salty crunch, and the caramelized onion the hit of sweetness to make it really feel complete. Under normal circumstances, these sandwiches may have never come to my mind, so I do think a return to more routine, everyday grilling is called for in my future to see what other delicious things my brain can come up with.
Mustard-marinated Chicken Sandwiches The sharpness of mustard-marinated chicken is contrasted by creamy Swiss cheese and sweet caramelized onions, then given the irresistible salty crunch of bacon in these full-flavored sandwiches.
Prep Time: 1 Hour Inactive Time: 2 Hours Cook Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients For the Chicken 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic (about 2 medium cloves) 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh thyme Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 large chicken breasts, split in half horizontally   For the Onions 1 tablespoon butter 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced   For the Sauce 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice   8 strips bacon 4 slices Swiss cheese 4 pretzel sub rolls, split in half lengthwise Green leaf lettuce, washed and dried Procedure To make the chicken: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, brown sugar, garlic, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken breasts in a large resealable bag and pour in marinade. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible, and place in refrigerator for at least two hours to overnight. To make the onions: Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed stainless steel or enameled cast iron dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and bottom of saucepan is coated in a pale brown fond, about 15 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and deglaze pan by scraping with a wood spoon. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until another layer of fond has built up again, 3-5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and deglaze. Repeat process until onions are completely softened and a deep, dark brown, about 15 minutes morel. Season onions to taste with salt. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. To make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, whole grain Dijon mustard, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Set aside. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on either side of the charcoal grate. Place a foil pan between the two piles of coals. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean grilling grate. Lay bacon slices on grilling grate above foil pan. Cover grill and cook until bacon begins to shrink in size and develop pools of fat, about 5 minutes. Flip bacon slices over, cover, and continue to cook until bacon is deeply browned and crisp, 5-8 minutes more. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Place chicken breasts directly over the coals and cook, flipping occasionally, until center of meat registers between 145-150°F on an instant read thermometer. Move breasts to cool area of grill, top with cheese slices and caramelized onions, cover, and continue to cook until cheese is melted and chicken registers between 155-160°F on an instant read thermometer. Transfer chicken to a plate Place rolls, cut side down, directly over the coals until toasted, about 1 minute. Transfer buns to a serving platter, spread each cut side with sauce, and top each with a chicken breast, bacon slices, and lettuce. Serve immediately.

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By: Joshua Bousel
Title: Mustard-marinated Chicken Sandwiches
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Published Date: 04/30/20

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Introducing Picanha (Fat Cap Sirloin Roast)



The French call it culotte, which means something like “britches.” Here in America, we know it as fat cap top sirloin. (Other names for this singular cut include rump cover, rump cap, and sirloin cap.)

But the cut reaches its apotheosis in Brazil, where it goes by the name of picanha (pronounced pee-CAHN-ya). Generations of gauchos and grill masters have raised the preparation, grilling, and degustation of this extraordinarily flavorful meat to the level of art.

Picanha, named after a pole used by Spanish and Portuguese farmers to herd cattle, comes from top of the rump—a triangular steak-like roast with a big beefy flavor that’s inversely proportional to its affordable price tag. What makes it so extraordinary is the thick cap of fat butchers leave on the top of the roast. Said fat melts and crisps during the cooking, basting the rich lean meat with fatty goodness. Picanha (NAMP number 1184D) can be difficult to find. Which was why I was amenable to trying a sample from Holy Grail, an artisanal company that sources upper Prime meats –meats that are typically available only to restaurants.

Brazilians have devised an ingenious way to cut and grill picanha. They slice it crosswise (with the grain) into 2-inch strips, which they curl into C-shapes and thread onto rotisserie spits. The seasonings are kept simple: salt and only salt prior to cooking; farofa (toasted cassava flour) and molho de companha (fiery country salsa) by way of optional accompaniments.

The skewers spin over a hot charcoal fire, the fat from the top skewer dripping onto the picanha below it. Once browned on the outside, the meat is paraded through the dining room on a spit to be carved directly onto patrons’ plates. The uncooked meat in the center is returned to the rotisserie for more grilling. The beauty of this system? Everyone gets an end cut.

When I cook picanha, I like to roast it on the rotisserie, but instead of slicing it into strips, I grill it whole. This is quicker and easier than the Brazilian method and it keeps the meat nice and juicy.

I also like to “hedgehog” the fat cap—score the surface in a deep crosshatch pattern. This helps render some of the fat and crisp what remains.

For seasoning (and for extra flavor), I use a brisket rub in the style of Texas Hill Country brisket: equal parts sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper, with garlic and onion powder for pungency and oregano and hot pepper flakes for oomph.

Meat prices are rising this holiday season—along with everything else. Want to serve an impressive, richly flavorful roast—without busting your budget? Picanha is your ticket.

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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers



When I'm devising a marinade, I always taste it to ensure the flavor and seasoning are all in line with expectations. It's not uncommon for a marinade to get pushed in a directions that makes it taste a bit overboard on its own, but that's often needed because flavors will get diminished when the marinade is adorning its subject and has been cooked. There have been some marinades though that I try and think, “I'd eat that with a spoon.” I don't think I've actually developed a recipe though where the marinade purposefully did double duty as a meat seasoning and dip, so I figured I might as well give that shot and see how it works out. In the case of these jalapeño-lime chicken skewers, the answer was, surprisingly well.

The trickiest part of this recipe was finding the right balance to the sauce so it would taste good as a dip, but also have enough flavor to work as a marinade. To achieve that, I started with tangy Greek yogurt as a base since that seemed like a good direction for a dual purpose sauce. I pureed the yogurt in a blender with cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice and zest. The result was a sauce that had a good hit of heat, hefty tang, and appealing green hue. The cumin and garlic also gave it some extra depth and nuance that I may have dialed up if this would have been used a marinade alone, but I knew would come out in the final dish after the chicken was dipped in the sauce.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Once I had the sauce settled, I took to the task of cubing up chicken for the skewers. I advocate for chicken thighs for this use in most instance because the added flavor and fat in the dark meat adds insurance to ending with juicy results. The only place breasts actually do better than thighs in this application is they cube up more nicely—for the thighs, I sometimes have to cut longer strips that I then fold over on the skewer to arrive at a more cube-like shape.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

After the chicken was prepped, I moved it into a medium bowl and poured in roughly half the sauce. I tossed that to ensure the chicken was all well coated, then covered, and set it in the fridge. While the marinade had a fair amount of lime juice, the citric acid doesn't have such a drastic effect on the texture of the meat that it can't be left to marinate overnight. The marinade doesn't need that long though to do its work and I only let mine rest in the fridge for about six hours—prepping it in the morning and then cooking it in the mid-afternoon.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

When the time came to grill, I skewered up the chicken and then lit a full chimney of coals. After letting the grill preheat, I placed the skewers over direct, high heat and let them cook. At the start, they stuck to the grates with might, but as they seared, the meat began to release and I was able to begin flipping.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

I had to deal with some sticking still here and there, but nothing that a little extra scrape with the tongs couldn't handle. As each side was more evenly seared, I was able to move the chicken around easier, at which point I flipped and turned them more regularly so they would be well browned and cooked through all over. You can always test doneness with an instant-read thermometer—you're looking for between 160 to 165°F—but I found for this recipe, once everything was well browned, the chicken was definitely done, which took about ten minutes of grilling time total.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Following the glamour shots, I verified chicken itself had a very nice flavor. The marinade definitely was on the lighter side, but the brightness of the lime and cilantro came through along with a bit of earthiness from the cumin and fruitiness from the jalapeño, but with very little heat. That mellow, yet effective, flavor got a big boost after a dip in the reserved sauce, which brought in a lot of what was already happening, but in a more pronounced way that also delivered a nice spiciness which was balanced by the cooling yogurt. It definitely made a good case that a sauce can do dual work as a marinade and dip given the right attention to detail.

Published on Thu Sep 9, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 15 Minutes
  • Inactive 4 Hours
  • Cook 10 Minutes
  • Total 4 Hours 25 Minutes


  • For the Sauce
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Metal or bamboo skewers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. To make the marinade: Place yogurt, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, lime zest, soy sauce, cumin, and brown sugar in the jar of a blender. Puree until all ingredients are very finely chopped and sauce is green and smooth. Transfer 1/2 of sauce to a medium bowl, add in cubed chicken, and to evenly coat. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours to overnight. Transfer remaining sauce to an airtight container and place in refrigerator.
  2. Thread chicken onto skewers so each piece is touching the next.
  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides and center of meat registers between 160-165°F on an instant read thermometer, about 10 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with reserved sauce for dipping.

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Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip



I used a long slender knife to make a cut all the way from the wide end of the tri-tip to the narrow end. I stopped just short of cutting through the narrow end.

The best way to do this is to make a cut all the way through then turn your knife about 45°F and make another cut all the way through.

Insert about a teaspoon of butter in the entryway..

Push the kielbasa, hotlink, etc. all the way in. If it's having too much trouble, try making the cavity just a little wider with your knife.

I used a link of all beef kielbasa with jalapeños in my stuffed tri-tip.

Sprinkle about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of course kosher salt on the top side of the tri-tip. I use Morton's in the blue box since it is flaked and dissolves much faster and easier than most other kosher salt. Feel free to use another brand/kind but the amount may need to be modified slightly depending on its granule shape and size.

Please see my article on wet brining vs. dry brining for an in-depth look at this subject.

I also sprinkled it real good with my Texas style rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)

Place the tri-tip in the fridge overnight if possible or at least 4 hours to give the salt plenty of time to react with the meat.

Here it is after 10 hours.. ready to go in the smoker.

Setup your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using indirect heat. If your smoker uses a water pan, fill it up.

Once your smoker is heated up and producing smoke, place the tri-tip directly on the grate or you can use a pan/rack to ensure the smoke is able to get to all sides.

I used the Hasty Bake Legacy for this cook.. you can use any smoker or even the grill for this as long as you maintain the correct temperature and remove it when it reaches it's perfect finish temperature.

Let the tri-tip cook for 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F. If you run at 275°F, it will get done in about an hour or less.

If you want to finish the tri-tip with a sear (recommended), remove it from the smoker when it reaches 110°F and place it on a very hot grill, griddle or iron pan. Sear all sides of the tri-tip and don't forget the sides/edges.

On the Hasty Bake you simply need to remove the deflector over the charcoal pan and raise the pan so that it sits right below the grates in the “sear” position.

Watch the meat carefully and turn as required to sear evenly.

Once the tri-tip is finished cooking, set it on a cutting board and slice it according to the diagram on THIS PAGE.

Just beautiful!!

All sliced up!

Great recipe, Rob! It was really cool having a piece of sausage/hot link nestled into each slice and the flavor was out of this world!

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