Grilled Chicken Mozzarella & Sun Dried Tomato Jam Sandwich

Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Tomato Jam Sandwich

Last year, I was kidnapped by some ultra marathon runners and forced into the most horrible torture ever… crewing for the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. It was a phenomenal experience that included 8 hours of sleep in 3 days, more gray hairs then I’d like to mention, and lots of chafing cream. You can read all about What Running 100 Miles Looks Like while you’re eating this amazing sandwich I’m about to tell you about.

Besides watching my husband run 100 consecutive miles, there was one other memorable moment and it came in the form of a breakfast taco. Being from Texas, I love breakfast tacos — you could say I’m sort of a breakfast taco expert. While preparing for the race, we awoke one morning in Tahoe and walked to a fabulous little coffee shop with the most unique breakfast taco… a bacon, egg, and tomato jam taco. I was floored. It was packed with salty bacon, creamy eggs, and sweet/tangy tomato jam, a combo that at first didn’t sound appealing but within one bite the flavors commanded every bit of my attention.

The moment I arrived home, I was obsessed with making this sun-dried tomato jam. After a few attempts, I’m proud to say we had a victory. I keep a jar of this deliciousness in my fridge at all times and it’s amazing on breakfast tacos, with cheese, and on sandwiches like this Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Sun-dried Tomato Jam Sandwich.

Tender smoky chicken, fresh creamy mozzarella, sweet tangy tomato jam, and peppery arugula are cradled between toasted ciabatta and ready to be devoured in this delicious sandwich. It’s a flavor combination that demands attention and will force you to keep a jar of sun-dried tomato jam on standby in the fridge.

Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Sun-dried Tomato Jam Sandwich

sundried tomatoes

It all starts with the jam. First soak the sun-dried tomatoes.


Then saute onions…

sundried tomatoes onions

and add tomatoes, tomato paste, a touch of balsamic, and a pinch of rosemary. It then simmers until nice and thick and ready for you to use. When your ready to light the grill, throw a few seasoned chicken breasts on and you are set for a delicious mouthwatering sandwich.

Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Tomato Jam Sandwich

Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Sun-dried Tomato Jam Sandwich

Rating: 51

Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Sun-dried Tomato Jam Sandwich

Tender smoky chicken, fresh creamy mozzarella, sweet tangy tomato jam, and peppery arugula are cradled between toasted ciabatta and ready to be devoured in this delicious sandwich.


    for the sun-dried tomato jam
  • 3 ounces sundried tomatoes (about 12 tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • for the sandwich
  • 1 chicken breast
  • Pinch kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 1 thick slice fresh mozzarella
  • 1 ciabatta bun, sliced
  • Arugula
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato jam


    sun-dried tomato jam
  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl of warm water and allow to soak for 10 minutes. With a knife, chop tomatoes.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until softened, about 10 minutes. Once softened, add tomatoes, tomato paste, water, maple syrup, vinegar, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour until a thick jam forms. Remove from heat and process in a food processor until smooth but still has texture. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  3. Grilled Chicken, Mozzarella, and Sun-dried Tomato Jam Sandwich
  4. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken breast for 4 to 5 minutes a side until cooked through and no longer pink. Immediately after you remove the chicken from the grill, top with mozzarella.
  5. Lightly toast the ciabatta slices if desired.
  6. To assemble, place grilled chicken on top of the bottom bun and top with arugula. Spread sun-dried tomato jam on the remaining slice of ciabatta and place on top of arugula. Serve.


  • Rachel Cooks

    100 miles?! Holy crap. I think I’d eat 50 of these sandwiches after THAT.

  • Christine from Cook the Story

    That jam! OH, that jam is fabulous!

  • Rebecca {foodie with family}

    100 miles is whackadoo! That sandwich, however, is genius. I’m TOTALLY making that jam today.

  • Paula - bell'alimento

    I might be willing to give up corn dogs completely for these.

  • Amy @Very Culinary

    100 miles is INSANE. But…I would do it, if this sandwich was waiting for me at the end. No lie.

  • Angie

    I would love one of these sandwiches right now for lunch, yum!

  • Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines

    I am jumping in the car and heading in your direction right now. True, I don’t know where you live, but if I just point my nose towards the amazing aroma in your kitchen I know I’ll find it. That sandwich looks amazing.

  • Matt Robinson

    So many ways to use this jam, I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Karen @ From Scratch

    Yum! My husband would love this – all his favorite things in one sandwich!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood

    The only thing worth than watching someone else run 100 consecutive miles would be running it yourself! :) I am dying over that tomato jam. I made some tomato jam last summer but have never used sundried. I can’t imagine how sweet and delicious this is!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    Totally yummers!!!

  • Dawn Lopez

    This sounds excellent! I am really intrigued by your Sun Dried Tomato Jam! Sounds like it’s to die for!

  • Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    I’ve always loved sun-dried tomatoes, but I’ve never tried them in a jam before. The combination of tomatoes, maple syrup, rosemary and balsamic sounds incredible. This is on my must-try list!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

    If I were to run 100 consecutive miles a year ago, I’d probably still be eating to compensate. Actually, I’d probably still be unable to walk. Cheers to your hubs! That’s a triumph! Also triumphant is that sun dried tomato jam because it would be fabulous on most anything!

  • Kim Beaulieu

    I am speechless, this sandwich is beyond beautiful. I must try this asap. The photos just pull you in, and make you want to take a giant bite. I could never run 100 miles. Or if I did it would take me 10 years. Impressive beyond belief. My sis-in-law does iron-man stuff. I am in awe of her discipline.

  • Susan

    I of course had to click over to read about the 100 mile journey. Incredible. Now I’ve down the sun dried tomato pesto which I can eat on days end but this takes it over the top and definitely needs to happen.

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    I’m exhausted just thinking about running 100 miles… but holy-cow what an accomplishment!! Now this sandwich sounds amazing and I love bacon jam!

  • Erin

    100 miles? Wow!
    Love this sandwich, that jam sounds incredible!

  • Melissa

    Just made this recipe last night and it was amazing!!! Definitely keeping this recipe around for a long time. The only adjustment I made was I added bacon cause everything tastes better with bacon :) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  • Tieghan

    I adore these flavors. Such a gorgeous sandwich!!

  • Jodee Weiland

    This sandwich looks fabulous…I love the sun-dried tomato jam! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Trackbacks

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