Delicious Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Hello coffee lovers, I have a recipe for you that’s going to take your coffee obsession to the next level. Get ready for a coffee-rubbed chicken sandwich that will blow your taste buds away. This recipe is perfect for those who love both coffee and chicken, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover coffee grounds.

I discovered this recipe by accident when I was experimenting in the kitchen, trying to create something new and exciting. The result was so delicious that I just had to share it with all of you. Trust me; this sandwich is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before, and once you’ve tried it, there’s no turning back.

The combination of coffee and spices creates an aromatic dry rub that infuses the chicken with rich, bold flavors. The heat from the spices gives the chicken a subtle kick, while the sweetness of brown sugar balances everything out.

So, whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a crowd-pleasing dinner, this coffee-rubbed chicken sandwich will not disappoint. Plus, with so many ways to customize it to your liking, it’s sure to become a favorite in your recipe box. Get ready to brew some coffee and start cooking – trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich
Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich

Are you tired of the same bland chicken sandwich? Look no further than this coffee rub chicken sandwich recipe. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll never go back to your old standby.

First off, the coffee rub gives the chicken a bold and unique flavor that will tantalize your taste buds. The combination of kosher salt and brown sugar creates the perfect balance of salty and sweet, while the chili powder, cumin, and ground black pepper add a welcomed kick. And let’s not forget about the star ingredient – coffee! The ground coffee complements the other seasonings and gives the chicken a rich, smoky taste that pairs perfectly with the Monterey Jack pepper cheese.

But it’s not just the flavors that make this sandwich an absolute winner. The texture is on point too. The juicy and tender chicken thighs are perfectly cooked and served on a toasted English muffin with creamy avocado and crisp tomatoes. It’s a flavor and texture explosion in every bite.

And don’t worry if you’re not big on spice – this recipe can easily be customized to your liking. You can adjust the amount of chili powder or leave it out entirely for a milder flavor profile.

So why settle for a boring old chicken sandwich when you can have something truly special? Give this coffee rub chicken sandwich recipe a try and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Ingredient List

“Get ready for a flavor explosion with this Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich!”

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious coffee rub chicken sandwich recipe:

Chicken and Rub Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coffee
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Sandwich Ingredients:

  • 4 English muffins
  • 4 slices of monterey jack pepper cheese
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • Sliced tomatoes

Make sure to use good quality and fresh ingredients to enhance the flavors. You can also adjust the seasoning and quantity according to your taste preference.

The Recipe How-To

“Who says coffee is only for drinking? Try it as a rub for delicious chicken!”

Let’s get started with the steps to make this delicious coffee rubbed chicken sandwich!

Step 1: Prepare the Coffee Rub

In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 2 teaspoons of ground coffee, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Mix well to make the coffee rub.

Step 2: Season and Cook the Chicken

Pat 5-6 chicken thighs dry and coat them generously with coffee rub. If you prefer chicken breast, you can use that instead. Then preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken for about 5-7 minutes each side or until cooked through.

Step 3: Assemble the Sandwich

Toast 3-4 English muffins, and spread some mashed avocado on each half. Place a coffee rubbed chicken thigh on one half of the English muffin, top it with a slice of Monterey jack pepper cheese, slices of fresh tomato and pickles if you like.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Lastly, add the other half of the English muffin on top and enjoy your delicious coffee rubbed chicken sandwich! For a spicy kick, you can spread some hot sauce before serving.

That’s it! A tasty and easy-to-follow recipe for your next mealtime. Don’t hesitate to try making coffee rubbed chicken sandwiches at home.

Substitutions and Variations

“This sandwich is the ultimate coffee lover’s dream come true.”

There are several ways you can customize this coffee rub chicken sandwich recipe to suit your taste and preferences.

Firstly, if you are not a fan of chicken thighs, you can use chicken breasts instead. They’ll work just as well with the coffee rub seasoning and give a leaner option.

For those who want to add more sweetness to their sandwiches, try adding 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the dry rub mixture. This will provide a subtle sweetness to contrast the spices.

If you prefer a spicier sandwich, add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder and black pepper to the dry rub. This combination will create some heat that will nicely offset the other flavors.

You can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as Monterey Jack or pepper jack, to give your sandwich an extra kick. Don’t forget those classic toppings like avocado and tomato for an added burst of freshness.

For a vegetarian twist, substitute the chicken with roasted portobello mushrooms or grilled tofu seasoned with the coffee rub.

Finally, consider serving this coffee rubbed chicken on burger buns instead of English muffins for a more classic sandwich experience.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to variations in this recipe. So go ahead, get creative, and experiment until you find the perfect combination that satisfies your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

“Take your taste buds on a journey with this unique and flavorful sandwich.”

This coffee rub chicken sandwich is a great meal that can be served at any time of the day. It’s perfect for brunch, lunch, or even dinner!

When it comes to pairing, you could serve this sandwich with some sliced avocado or tomatoes, and top it off with some monterey jack pepper cheese for a fun spin on a classic sandwich. If you want something lighter, try serving it up on an English muffin instead of a traditional bun.

For drinks, coffee rub chicken sandwich pairs perfectly with ice-cold lemonade, iced tea, or a cold beer. Consider grabbing an IPA or something spicy to match the bold flavors of the coffee rub spice on your chicken.

If you want something more indulgent I recommend pairing this sandwich with fries or onion rings. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, serve it up alongside some pickle-brined hot chicken for an extra kick of heat.

Overall, there are plenty of ways to tweak the flavors of this sandwich and play around with what works best for you. The possibilities are endless – and delicious!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Coffee rub and chicken make the perfect combination for a delicious lunch.”

Making the Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich Recipe ahead of time can be a lifesaver when you’re short on time, or just looking for a quick meal. The rub can be prepared ahead of time, and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can also rub chicken breasts or chicken thighs with the rub and freeze them to use later.

Once the chicken is cooked, it can be sliced and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat the chicken, simply microwave it for about 30 seconds or until warm, or reheat it in a pan over medium heat.

When you’re ready to assemble your sandwich, lightly toast your English muffins and place sliced Monterey Jack pepper cheese on each muffin half. Place the sliced avocado and tomatoes on top of the cheese, followed by a generous serving of the coffee-rubbed chicken.

For an extra kick of flavor, add some hot sauce or BBQ sauce before serving. This recipe is perfect for meal prep or feeding a crowd during game day or summer barbecues.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Your lunch just got a whole lot better with this Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich.”

Now that you have prepared your chicken sandwiches with the delicious coffee rub, it’s time to make sure they turn out perfectly. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the perfect result:

Firstly, be sure to pat the chicken dry before applying the rub. This will allow for better adhesion of the rub to the chicken and create a more even coating on the meat.

Secondly, experiment with different cooking methods. Grilling or roasting the chicken will add a smoky flavor to your sandwich, while pan frying or baking can give you a crispy texture. Find what works best for you and adjust accordingly.

To make sure that the coffee flavor really shines through, be generous with your rub application. Use about 1-2 tbsp per chicken breast or thigh, and don’t skimp on the spice!

When cooking your chicken, make sure not to overcook it in order to prevent dryness. Use an instant-read thermometer and remove the chicken from heat once it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Lastly, get creative with your toppings and condiments! Monterey jack pepper cheese, sliced avocado, tomatoes, and even pickle-brined hot chicken would all make great additions to this sandwich.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious coffee-rubbed chicken sandwich that is sure to impress even the toughest food critics.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coffee rub chicken sandwich recipe is a must-try for coffee and food enthusiasts alike. The blend of spices and ground coffee adds a unique depth of flavor to the dish that will leave your taste buds craving more. Plus, its versatility makes it great for meal prep or a family dinner. Whether you’re looking for a healthy lunch or a dinner option that’s sure to impress, this recipe is a perfect choice.

So why not try it out? Gather the ingredients from your local grocery store, fire up the grill, and prepare to indulge in a delicious meal that’s both easy to make and packed with flavor. Impress your friends and family with your newfound culinary skills and show them that coffee is not just meant for drinking.

In the end, this coffee rub chicken sandwich recipe will satisfy your cravings and change your perspective on how you use coffee in your kitchen. So give it a shot and let me know in the comments how it turns out. Happy cooking!

Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich

Coffee Rub Chicken Sandwich Recipe

This recipe is from an employee of La Colombe Torrefaction, a coffee company.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 596.1 kcal


Spice rub

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 dried orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin on)
  • 4 English muffins, split
  • 1 ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
  • 6 ounces monterey jack pepper cheese, sliced


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Combine spices and mix with oil to make a paste. Place the thighs in a mixing bowl and add the spice paste mixture. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Place the chicken thighs (evenly spaced) on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Roast the chicken thighs for 45 minutes, giving the fat enough time to render out as much as possible and get the skin crisp. The meat will also be fork tender after this amount of time. Remove the chicken from the oven to cool, but leave the oven on.
  • When the chicken has cooled until it’s easy enough to handle, turn over the thighs (skin side down) onto a small pan and using a paring knife, cut along each side of the bone. Carefully pull the thighbone out, leaving the meat intact.
  • Turn the thighs back over (skin side up) and top with the cheese. Place back in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese, about 10 minutes.
  • While the cheese is melting, toast the English muffin.
  • Shingle the slices of avocado onto the bottoms of the English muffins, top with a boneless coffee-roasted chicken thigh, and then finish with a slice of tomato. Close with top half of the English muffin.

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Serving: 1035gCalories: 596.1kcalCarbohydrates: 29.4gProtein: 32.7gFat: 38.9gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 116.9mgSodium: 957mgFiber: 4.4gSugar: 3.3g
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