Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Kalamata Olive Tapenade

This Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Kalamata Olive Tapenade is so rich in flavor and perfectly light for summer!

Sum- sum- summertime!  Bring on the light burgers and the big bold flavors!

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Kalamata Tapenade | Inspiration KitchenWe lovvvved this light, flavorful chicken burger with a Mediterranean flare and I think you will too.

What’s not to love?  Kalamata olives, garlic, capers, red onion, and EVOO combined with freshly chopped rosemary and thyme leaves?  Topped with Feta cheese and you’ve got a great twist on a new summer favorite.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Kalamata Tapenade | Inspiration KitchenIn our first course, we served these on whole wheat buns.  When we went in for 2nds (oops!  I mean the 2nd course), we ignored the buns and wrapped them in the Bibb lettuce leaves. In our opinion – even better!

Low cal and none of that pesky bread getting in the way of the Kalamata flavor explosion!

Grilled Chicken Sandwich Kalamata Tapenade | Inspiration KitchenThe recipe calls for Bibb lettuce and your grocery store may carry the same lettuce labeled as Bibb lettuce or Boston lettuce.  What I love about it is, its buttery flavor and the fact that it cups your salsas and extra ingredients and doesn’t let them escape!

If you’re like us, this an absolutely delightful and light twist on a grilled chicken burger for a hot summer day.

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BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Kalamata Olive Tapenade
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Serves: 4
  • ¾ c. pitted, sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons roughly chopped garlic (appx. 2 large cloves)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 4 pieces of Bibb (Boston) lettuce leaves
  1. Mix olives, capers, red onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme, olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper in a medium sized bowl. Set aside and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Cut each chicken breasts in half vertically (if desired). Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Oil grill grates to prevent chicken from sticking. Place chicken on BBQ grill on high heat and grill for 1 minute. Turn chicken breasts, and grill 1 more minute on high heat. Turn heat down to medium and cook 5-7 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through and done.
  4. Brush olive oil on bottom sides of both the top and bottom bun. Grill buns until toasted and buns have grill marks. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
  5. Layer buns with Bibb lettuce, chicken breast and two tablespoons of Kalamata Olive salsa and top with a sprinkling of feta cheese.
  6. Serve.
These instructions are for a gas grill. To oil my grill grates, I used tongs and an oil soaked paper towel.

 Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Kalamata Olive Tapenade


    • says

      I’m ashamed to say we ate the whole thing, and there were only two of us. Next time I need to double the batch! Haha! And I’m with you – bring on the sunshine and BBQs!

  1. says

    Yum! I wonder if your chicken burgers would come out tasty if that sauce you put on them were a marinade? Lemon, olive oil, rosemary… sounds like it could make that chicken even tastier! Love the idea of using lettuce instead of the buns.

  2. Nichole says

    Was flipping through Foodgawker and saw the little blurb about Kalamata Olive tapenade … Oh boy, so glad we tried this. I sliced our chicken into strips after cooking it & served it over the Boston lettuce. Perfection! Though honestly I could put my face right into the bowl tapenade and call it dinner … =)

    • says

      Hahaha! I LOL’d at your comment! I agree – I could eat just the tapenade too. I’m so glad you liked it. It’s one of our new favorites.

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