Grilled Chicken Torta Recipe

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Grilled Chicken Torta
My twist on the Torta! Grilled chicken, refried beans, cotija cheese, grilled red onion and avocado relish, piled high inside soft, grilled Telera.


What the heck is Telera?
Grilled Chicken Torta
Telera is soft, round bread used to make tortas, the traditional Mexican sandwich. Also commonly used is the Bolillo, a torpedo-shaped French roll with a thick and crunchy crust. As you can see, Telera can be quite large. About four inches across and two inches high. One torta made with Telera can feed 2 people.

Ingredients for EACH Torta:
Grilled Chicken Torta
chicken (1/2 breast)
onion (2 slices)
refried beans (4 tbsp)
cotija cheese (1 tbsp)
avocado relish (1/2 cup)

Ingredients for Avocado Relish:
Grilled Chicken Torta
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup diced avocado
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp chopped green onion
1 tbsp chopped serrano pepper
fresh lime juice
salt & pepper

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Prepare the avocado relish. Seed tomato. (I know, that’s where all the good lycopene is… but it makes for soggy tortas.) Seed serrano pepper. Combine all diced ingredients in a bowl. Add a squeeze of lime and a little salt and pepper. Stir together and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 1 cup, enough for two tortas.

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Prepare the chicken. (Because nothing is more attractive than a bowl of raw chicken.) Butterfly breasts for faster grilling time. Season chicken. A little olive oil, salt, pepper and cajun seasoning is nice for tortas.

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Grill chicken.

Grilled Chicken Torta
Grill onion slices. You’ll need about two slices per torta. Of course you can use a grill pan or simply saute the chicken and onions.

Grilled Chicken Torta
Prepare the Telera. Place Telera cut-side-down on grill to toast. You can also place under broiler if you are not grilling. While bread is toasting, heat beans (on the stove or in the microwave).

Assemble the TORTA!
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1) Grilled Telera.

Grilled Chicken Torta
2) Spread of refried beans.

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3) Crumble of cotija cheese.

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4) Layer of chicken slices.

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5) Pile of onions.

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6) Avocado relish.

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7) Put the lid on and slice with a serrated knife. (Toothpicks can attempt to keep this sucker organized and beautiful while you cut it.)

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Trust me. Get the napkins! A few tortilla chips on the side are nice for getting all the avocado that falls out. And it will.

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42 Responses to “Grilled Chicken Torta Recipe”

  1. Brianna
    8/11/2009 at 9:55 am #

    I have looked all over for a recipe like this. The gucamole looks delicious. Can not wait to try. thank you!

  2. JD
    8/11/2009 at 10:17 am #

    Looks amazing! Think I’d have to drizzle a little All Spice Cafe Cayenne Habanero on as well!

    Bring on the tea! ;)

  3. Average Betty
    8/11/2009 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi Brianna! How exciting! Thank you so much for commenting… I’d love to know what you think of the torta :)

    Hi JD! Bring on the tea is right! A drizzle of All Spice Cafe Cayenne Habanero would be a spicy treat! Thanks for dropping by :)

    Cheers y’all!

  4. dave
    8/12/2009 at 6:04 am #

    looks good to eat (right now at midnite), just had pb ‘n’ jelly sangas.
    will make it @ work tomorrow for sure.

  5. Jason Jerbil
    8/12/2009 at 11:55 am #

    it really does look just like Barney

    & that sauce sounds well cool; all on my wish list

  6. Philly Grub
    8/12/2009 at 3:17 pm #

    This put my dinner to shame.
    I must try this sometime!

  7. Sara
    8/13/2009 at 6:18 am #

    This looks lovely. I haven’t had a good torta since my vacation in Mexico.

  8. Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures
    8/19/2009 at 12:37 pm #

    I love a good torta! That just looks amazing.

  9. Hugging the Coast
    8/19/2009 at 1:01 pm #

    All the best foods are delightfully messy so I know this will be truly wonderful. Isn’t Cojita cheese great?

  10. Hillary
    8/19/2009 at 1:21 pm #

    That looks outstanding! Tortas are one of my favorite Mexican eats (I think it has something to do with loving bread). You should submit this recipe to!

  11. Jessie
    8/19/2009 at 2:32 pm #

    I have to say that looks awesome! I love the addition of cojita cheese, it truly does contribute a great flavor to foods

  12. Gera @ SweetsFoods
    8/19/2009 at 4:57 pm #

    This looks like a savory monster to devour…. OMG! I need this after a long training!!



  13. HoneyB
    8/19/2009 at 5:39 pm #

    Looks absolutely amazing! I love the layer photos. Makes me want to take a big bite!

  14. Average Betty
    8/20/2009 at 10:26 am #

    Dave – let me know how it turns out… I love me some PB&J too :)
    Jason – LOL at Barney… I know, huh?
    Philly Grub, I sure hope you do!
    Sara, Ahh vacation in Mexico – if only I can help bring back those memories!
    Thanks, Jason & HoneyB!
    Hugging & Jessie – yes, I too love the cotija cheese :) Use it whenever I can.
    Gera – You may need a long traing *after* one of these too LOL!

    Love y’all!

  15. Tony
    8/22/2009 at 4:18 am #

    Oh boy this looks like it’s so tasty. The photos and descriptions are so easy to follow too. I am bookmarking this one.

  16. rachel-asouthernfairytale
    8/28/2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Love it! Delicious, as always :-)

  17. Average Betty
    8/30/2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Tony, Hi Rachel!

    Thank you so much!! Love y’all, Betty

  18. Prazza
    11/14/2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Hey Betty, this recipe looks fantastic!

    I was just wondering how long the avocado can keep for?

  19. Average Betty
    11/15/2009 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Prazza!
    Thank you! I hope you give these tortas a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed :)

    When I cut into a deliciously, ripe avocado… I think of a starting stopwatch. Exposure to air turns the soft, buttery meat of avocado to a brownish gray.

    Acidic elements like lime, tomato and salt help to prolong the greenish color. Using cling wrap to shield the fruit from contact with air will also help browning.

    So… after all that… to answer your question… How long can the avocado keep?

    Ripe, whole, uncut and in the refrigerator, an avocado can last for a week – maybe two.

    Ripe, cut and protected with cling wrap in the refrigerator – a day or two.

    Prepared as in avocado relish or guacamole, stored in the refrigerator – should keep for one day if sealed to prevent air damage (browning).

    Hope this helps!


  20. torta lover
    1/6/2010 at 3:10 pm #

    This is a good recipe and a good well organized format. Nice photos and instructions.

  21. Eric Hoffman
    1/22/2010 at 8:50 am #

    Looks great. I LOVE tortas. I think I might try making them with chicken tinga.

  22. Meyby
    2/9/2010 at 6:13 pm #

    dude your a genius
    this recipe es la mejor

  23. mark
    2/11/2011 at 9:01 pm #

    hell of a dish and thanks for all the photos! have you ever tried grilling the cheese on both sides and then laying it down on top of everything? when i lived in san miguel de allende, gto. my favorite torta shop flipped the cheese and i’m going with your recipe and a flip – thanks again :)

  24. Average Betty
    2/12/2011 at 11:44 am #

    Hi Mark,

    I love the sound of the FLIP! Let me know how your torta comes out :)

  25. Jen (The Domestic Diva)
    5/3/2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Oh, wow this looks like a great summer treat! Spicy, savory, perfect! I had such a blast with you over the weekend. Let’s hang in LA and stir up some trouble…

  26. Average Betty
    5/3/2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Thanks, Jen! It was a blast to meet you — we definitely need to get into trouble locally :)

  27. Desiree
    11/16/2011 at 6:57 pm #

    this looks delicious! i want to make this right now, but don’t have guacamole. sad :(

  28. Average Betty
    11/18/2011 at 8:13 am #

    Boo. Not having guacamole is sad :(

  29. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    1/26/2012 at 4:08 pm #

    My niece had a torta for the first time and I had no idea what one is – now I do!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  30. Matt
    5/14/2012 at 5:36 am #

    Never had this. Looks really tempting. Gonna try these for this years Family Reunion BBQ! Thanks AB!

  31. Cathy
    8/7/2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Made this for dinner last night, it was really good. Great recipe!

  32. Average Betty
    8/8/2012 at 10:19 am #

    Music to my ears, Cathy! Thanks so much for your comment!!

  33. Melissa
    8/23/2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Delicious!!!! My husband & I made it for dinner last night. We have been grilling lately since it has been so hot to cook inside. I am in LOVE with the avocado relish or as we call it, guacamole! :) I didn’t have cotija cheese, so we used Oaxaca cheese which melted perfectly. I also asked my butcher to prepare my chicken & marinade at no extra cost. So it was so moist & juicy to grill. I would suggest using homemade refried beans, I dont really like the canned ones. Overall, great recipe!!!!!!! definetly making it for labor day bbq!

  34. Average Betty
    8/24/2012 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Melissa! So happy to hear you love the Tortas :) And it’s funny about the avocado relish/guacamole — it’s the same thing to me too, just depends if it’s chunky or mashed. Let me know how the Labor Day BBQ goes!!

  35. Aaron in LA
    5/28/2013 at 7:42 pm #

    I love this recipe!! It’s a hit every time I make them.

  36. Average Betty
    5/28/2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Sweet! Thanks for letting me know, Aaron!

  37. big jeff
    2/2/2017 at 9:29 am #

    thanks for the entree they loved it at the hospital good job

  38. Emilio Krugh
    2/25/2017 at 5:06 am #

    Robot energy


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