The “So Canadian” Chicken Sandwich

This prizewinning sandwich uses grilled chicken and a homemade barbeque sauce to create maximum flavour. Maple syrup adds a delicate sweetness that makes this savoury sandwich taste out of this world. By Mitchell Horne (age 9), Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, Toronto, ON Grand-prize winner of our 2006 Canada Day Chicken Challenge contest.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min



4 boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), 4-5 oz each
4 slices old cheddar cheese
4 Kaiser roll(s), halved
lettuce, leaves

Maple BBQ Sauce

3 cloves garlic, finely-chopped
1 onion(s), finely-chopped
1 tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 salt, pinch
1 pepper, pinch

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat cook garlic and onion in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of hot oil until tender, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add ketchup, maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper; bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Add some water if sauce is too thick, or cook longer if sauce is too thin.

  4. Grill each breast 6-8 minutes over medium heat or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). Apply BBQ sauce after grilling is complete.

  5. Cut buns in half, garnish with lettuce on bottom half and cheese slice on top half. Add more BBQ sauce to chicken if desired.

Helpful Tip

Cheddar may be placed on top of chicken towards the end of grilling for a better melt, rather than being added during assembly.

Nutrition Info

Per 520 g serving Amount
Protein73 g
Fat18 g
Saturated Fat6 g
Carbohydrate66 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar37 g
Cholesterol180 mg
Sodium1740 mg
Per 520 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A20
Vitamin C35
Vitamin B698
Vitamin B1262