Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches – healthy and delicious, with a creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt and tons of herbs. | foxeslovelemons.com

Who likes picnics? I do, I do! When Jeff and I lived in Ann Arbor, we went on picnics at Gallup Park all the time – we’d ride our bikes, then relax by the Huron River, and try to resist the urge to feed the dozens of families of geese with their goslings. One time, against our better judgement, we tossed them some crackers. Well, what happened next made us both feel terrible – two families of geese came over to chow down. One family had 8 babies, and the other had 10. In the feeding frenzy over those few scraps, all of the babies got mixed up. One family walked away with 6 babies, and one walked away with 12. I hope they got it straightened out eventually, because I still feel bad just thinking about it, and I haven’t fed wild animals ever since. #lessonlearned

But, onward to happier times. Recently, I’ve had a ton of fresh herbs around – chives, cilantro, parsley, AND basil! And it so happened that while I was doing some recipe research to feed myself Vegan Before 6, I came across this excellent-looking Vegan Green Goddess dressing at Oh She Glows. The flavors looked amazing, but well, I was going to be eating this sandwich after 6, so I didn’t keep it vegan. Bring on the Greek yogurt (true love).

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches – healthy and delicious, with a creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt and tons of herbs. | foxeslovelemons.com

I threw a bunch of stuff in my mini food processor and whirled it up. To be honest, you don’t even need to measure anything here. I used a handful of each herb I had, one whole avocado, a half of a clove of garlic, a small tub of Greek yogurt, and some seasonings. I will note that this makes A LOT of Green Goddess sauce – about a cup and a half. I made four chicken sandwiches with it, and still had plenty of sauce left over. However, it keeps for about 2 days in the fridge (it even stays bright green!).

You can use it as a dip for fresh veggies or chips, or even thin it out with a bit of water and use it as a salad dressing. You could also make a half batch, but I didn’t want to do that, just because I didn’t want to end up with half an avocado and half a tub of Greek yogurt left over. Not that it would be the worst thing in the world to have to eat half an avocado. Second true love.

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches – healthy and delicious, with a creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt and tons of herbs. | foxeslovelemons.com

I’m officially in love with this healthy, creamy, herby sauce. It has a little tang from white balsamic vinegar and fresh lemon juice, and a bit of sweetness from honey. You can adapt this recipe for any leafy green herb you have around (you don’t need four different herbs – just a few would be fine). Chervil, mint, and tarragon would be good too. You could also put some spinach or green onions in the sauce.

Do whatever you want! Then grill up some chicken, dollop the sauce on, top with spinach and tomato, and enjoy! If you’re heading on a picnic, I would suggest assembling the sandwiches without the sauce, then adding the sauce when you get to your picnic blanket. You could also shred up the chicken, toss it with the sauce, and make Green Goddess Chicken Salad Sandwiches!

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches – healthy and delicious, with a creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt and tons of herbs. | foxeslovelemons.com

Update 8/6/14:  This recipe was chosen as the winner of Food52′s “Your Best Avocado Recipe” contest and professionally photographed by James Ransom.

CLICK HERE TO READ MY WINNER’S Q & A.

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches

Yield: 4 servings (but you’ll have lots of leftover sauce to use as a dip or salad dressing)

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half and pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small clove garlic (or 1/2 of a larger clove)
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (I used 2 tablespoons each basil, chives, cilantro and parsley)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 container (7 ounces) Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns or sandwich rolls
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

Directions:

  1. Prepare grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Spray chicken with nonstick spray and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper. Place chicken on hot grill rack and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken loses its pink color throughout and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from grill and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare Green Goddess Sauce: In food processor, pulse garlic until finely chopped. Add herbs; pulse again until finely chopped. Add avocado, yogurt, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, ground white pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until mixture is well combined (there will be visible flecks of herbs).
  3. Build sandwiches using buns, spinach, chicken and Green Goddess Sauce.

Sauce adapted from Oh She Glows.

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140 comments

  1. That green goddess sauce looks and sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  2. That green goddess sauce looks and sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  3. I want to dive face-first into that sauce!

  4. I want to dive face-first into that sauce!

  5. I´m taking that sauce and sandwich home! And that geese story cracked me up Lori!

  6. I´m taking that sauce and sandwich home! And that geese story cracked me up Lori!

  7. These look so light and fresh! I love it!

  8. These look so light and fresh! I love it!

  9. I’ve read and heard so much about this Green Goddess Sauce, but I think you’ve finally convinced me to try this! Love the Greek yogurt and avocado!

    Beautiful photos and I especially love the “making of” series!

  10. I’ve read and heard so much about this Green Goddess Sauce, but I think you’ve finally convinced me to try this! Love the Greek yogurt and avocado!

    Beautiful photos and I especially love the “making of” series!

  11. I am in love with these sandwiches and sauce. It look so amazing.

  12. I am in love with these sandwiches and sauce. It look so amazing.

  13. Whoa, the green goddess takes this from ordinary to extraordinary!!! What a yummy sandwich!

  14. Whoa, the green goddess takes this from ordinary to extraordinary!!! What a yummy sandwich!

  15. I’m on an avocado kick lately, Lori so this sounds perfect!

  16. I’m on an avocado kick lately, Lori so this sounds perfect!

  17. Love all the fresh herbs in this… so yum!!!

  18. Love all the fresh herbs in this… so yum!!!

  19. I haven’t had green goddess dressing for such a long time. This sounds delicious! Your recipe for the dressing will be in my processor today.

  20. I haven’t had green goddess dressing for such a long time. This sounds delicious! Your recipe for the dressing will be in my processor today.

  21. Oh my goodness that green goddess sauce looks incredible

  22. Oh my goodness that green goddess sauce looks incredible

  23. Oh my WOW! I want this sandwich and the green goddess sauce right now! I cannot wait to try this.

  24. Oh my WOW! I want this sandwich and the green goddess sauce right now! I cannot wait to try this.

  25. I want to picnic with you!! That sauce looks so amazingly good!!

  26. I want to picnic with you!! That sauce looks so amazingly good!!

  27. It is indeed a delicious green stuff. 🙂

  28. It is indeed a delicious green stuff. 🙂

  29. Sending this to mom for sure, she loves everything avocado!

  30. Sending this to mom for sure, she loves everything avocado!

  31. Oh my! Great recipe and the green goddess sauce is such a great addition!

  32. Oh my! Great recipe and the green goddess sauce is such a great addition!

  33. I think I would eat a tire with that Green Goddess sauce! Your whole sandwich looks amazing! Yum!!

  34. I think I would eat a tire with that Green Goddess sauce! Your whole sandwich looks amazing! Yum!!

  35. LOVE LOVE LOVE this sandwich!! What a fabulous idea and I love the green goodness that goes with it! Love your creativity!

  36. LOVE LOVE LOVE this sandwich!! What a fabulous idea and I love the green goodness that goes with it! Love your creativity!

  37. Thanks so much, HBD! And thanks for hosting this week!

  38. Haha yeah, that’s pretty much what I do 🙂

  39. Awww, those poor geese 🙁 haha.

  40. Thanks, Amy! I rarely ever do “making of” or even any “in progress” shots, but I had some extra time, and couldn’t resist on this one!

  41. Yes, me too! I think I’m ALWAYS on an avocado kick, but even more so recently!

  42. Thanks Diana! It was a great way to kind of use up all the herbs I had on hand.

  43. Thanks Suzanne! Let me know what herbs you use, and how it turns out 🙂

  44. Thanks Megan! I hope you enjoy it!

  45. Let’s go on a picnic, Tara 🙂 You bring your fried chicken. And oh, we may need to have somebody bring some side dishes. haha.

  46. Yay for another avocado lover!

  47. Haha, too funny. There’s actually a dog in my neighborhood that is always in his yard, chewing on a tire. Maybe I should go spread some of this sauce on it for him?

  48. Whoa, those both sound great!

  49. Haha! Oh man…those poor little ducklings! I never would have thought about the babies getting all mixed up. I’ll remember that next time I’m tempted. 🙂 Would it be weird if I told you I wanted to bathe in that sauce? Yeah, I thought so.

    • Nope, not really weird at all, because I’ve been watching Top Chef for too long – Gail Simmons is constantly talking about wanting to bathe in certain sauces 🙂

      Yeah, any time you see two families with babies – don’t feed them. You’ll just feel terrible about the mix-up 🙁 Luckily, the parent geese didn’t seem to frazzled by the whole thing, so maybe they were just going to sort it out later. haha.

  50. Haha! Oh man…those poor little ducklings! I never would have thought about the babies getting all mixed up. I’ll remember that next time I’m tempted. 🙂 Would it be weird if I told you I wanted to bathe in that sauce? Yeah, I thought so.

  51. Nope, not really weird at all, because I’ve been watching Top Chef for too long – Gail Simmons is constantly talking about wanting to bathe in certain sauces 🙂

    Yeah, any time you see two families with babies – don’t feed them. You’ll just feel terrible about the mix-up 🙁 Luckily, the parent geese didn’t seem to frazzled by the whole thing, so maybe they were just going to sort it out later. haha.

  52. I will call this simply…Bliss in a Bun!

  53. I will call this simply…Bliss in a Bun!

  54. Your gosling story made me smile, Lori. I am sure they worked it out and you don’t still need to feel bad. Especially since you had provided sustenance.

    What a fabulous use of herbs! When I was younger, pre-ranch dressing days, green goddess was always my salad dressing of choice. Thanks for the reminder!

  55. Your gosling story made me smile, Lori. I am sure they worked it out and you don’t still need to feel bad. Especially since you had provided sustenance.

    What a fabulous use of herbs! When I was younger, pre-ranch dressing days, green goddess was always my salad dressing of choice. Thanks for the reminder!

  56. A friend of mine made a version of this dressing in a salad we had yesterday and it was freaking delicious!!! I am SO trying your recipe, yum!!!

  57. A friend of mine made a version of this dressing in a salad we had yesterday and it was freaking delicious!!! I am SO trying your recipe, yum!!!

  58. Green Goddess Dressing is divine…Thank you for sharing your one mini food processor how-to =)

    P.s. Maybe the duckies found families that better suited them…Just a thought =)

  59. Green Goddess Dressing is divine…Thank you for sharing your one mini food processor how-to =)

    P.s. Maybe the duckies found families that better suited them…Just a thought =)

  60. Made this over the weekend, did like I said and split the recipe and made two batches. I loved the thai basil, chive parsley batch but am on the fence about the lemon thyme I think next time I will split the batch and half of your recipe and half thai basil. It was delicious with raw vegetables and great on a hamburger. Great recipe, thank you.

  61. Made this over the weekend, did like I said and split the recipe and made two batches. I loved the thai basil, chive parsley batch but am on the fence about the lemon thyme I think next time I will split the batch and half of your recipe and half thai basil. It was delicious with raw vegetables and great on a hamburger. Great recipe, thank you.

  62. Oh yum. These are so cute. I make a sauce similar to that for our grilled chicken breasts but it doesn’t have such a cute name… this sounds so GOOD!

  63. Oh yum. These are so cute. I make a sauce similar to that for our grilled chicken breasts but it doesn’t have such a cute name… this sounds so GOOD!

  64. I love it! I’ll call it it that from now on, too 🙂

  65. Thanks Stacy! Ok, I’m done feeling bad about the goslings 🙂 Green Goddess is where it’s at!

  66. Thanks Alice! That salad sounds awesome.

  67. Thanks NB! Yeah, all of that stuff just barely fit in my mini food processor, but I totally just crammed it in there anyway 🙂

  68. Mmmmmm….I hadn’t thought to put it on a hamburger! That sounds great. Too bad about the lemon thyme batch – maybe it’s just not suited for this type of sauce. Oh well – at least the other half turned out well!

  69. Maybe the lemon thyme would go better on something else, it wasn’t that great on the hamburger, it was pretty good with fresh raw vegetables.

  70. That healthy, creamy, green goddess sauce sounds incredible. I want one of those sandwiches right now… yum!

  71. That healthy, creamy, green goddess sauce sounds incredible. I want one of those sandwiches right now… yum!

  72. Yeah, maybe the lemon thyme would work on chicken, or even on some roasted potatoes or something?

  73. Oh I’m all about this green goddess dressing. Looking amazing smothered over that sandwich.

  74. Oh I’m all about this green goddess dressing. Looking amazing smothered over that sandwich.

  75. Wow I love the Green Goddess dressing and cannot wait to try! Love the tang from the Balsamic in there and the herbs and avocado! Looks like the perfect sandwich for my Pincic 🙂

  76. Wow I love the Green Goddess dressing and cannot wait to try! Love the tang from the Balsamic in there and the herbs and avocado! Looks like the perfect sandwich for my Pincic 🙂

  77. I believe I have found my newest sauce/dressing obsession. Oh heavenly herbs, avocado, and Greek yogurt. Awesome.

  78. Lori, I love everything about that green goddess sauce! I’ve heard of it before but have never tasted it or knew what went in it. It sounds freaking delicious! Plus I loved that you made it healthier by using greek yogurt – I’ll go out on a limb here and assume that it’s usually made with mayo. And don’t sweat the baby goose incident, you only had good intentions, girl! I’m sure their mamas had them all sorted out in the end.

    • You know, Nancy, I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted the original Green Goddess dressing, either! haha. I think I’d just heard of it, and then sort of guessed what would go in it (so I have no idea if this is an authentic representation of the original or not). But yes, in my research – it’s definitely made with mayo. I like this way better, because you can dollop on a TON of sauce and not feel bad 🙂

  79. Lori, I love everything about that green goddess sauce! I’ve heard of it before but have never tasted it or knew what went in it. It sounds freaking delicious! Plus I loved that you made it healthier by using greek yogurt – I’ll go out on a limb here and assume that it’s usually made with mayo. And don’t sweat the baby goose incident, you only had good intentions, girl! I’m sure their mamas had them all sorted out in the end.

  80. Wow – this looks gorgeous! I’ve never tried making a green goddess sauce before, but I am overrun with basil in my garden at the current time, so finding another yummy use for it is great! Plus, avocado…I mean…yeah….

  81. Wow – this looks gorgeous! I’ve never tried making a green goddess sauce before, but I am overrun with basil in my garden at the current time, so finding another yummy use for it is great! Plus, avocado…I mean…yeah….

  82. I think it would be tasty even with JUST basil. I think that’s the star of the show, anyway 🙂

  83. Haha yeah, I didn’t exactly skimp on the sauce! I figured it’s just yogurt and avocado, so why not slather it on? 🙂

  84. Thanks Renee! I’m already obsessed, too. I need to make another batch today! And I’ve found that it actually keeps about FOUR days in the fridge, so even better!

  85. You know, Nancy, I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted the original Green Goddess dressing, either! haha. I think I’d just heard of it, and then sort of guessed what would go in it (so I have no idea if this is an authentic representation of the original or not). But yes, in my research – it’s definitely made with mayo. I like this way better, because you can dollop on a TON of sauce and not feel bad 🙂

  86. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ll have to try it for lunch soon.

  87. I hope you enjoy it, thank you!

  88. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’ll have to try it for lunch soon.

  89. I believe I have found my newest sauce/dressing obsession. Oh heavenly herbs, avocado, and Greek yogurt. Awesome.

  90. I am dividing the recipe and making two batches and am using tarragon, chives and parsley in one and thai basil, chives, lemon thyme and parsley in the other. Will let you know how it turns out.

  91. Let’s invite everyone, what a feast!!

  92. This sauce is amazing. I made something similar as a sauce for enchiladas last week and my stupid family didn’t even leave me enough for lunch the next day.

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