Mayonnaise Lover's Chicken Recipe
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Mayonnaise Lover's Chicken Recipe

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Jennifer Rytting of West Jordan, Utah recalls: “My father-in-law was looking for a good chicken marinade when a friend suggested mayonnaise with Italian dressing. He added the ham and cheese on his own, and we can't get enough of it! You'd never guess this BBQ is so easy and so fast!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise, divided
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 6 slices deli ham
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 2 tablespoons sauce equals 542 calories, 43 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 110 mg cholesterol, 675 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine salad dressing and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Pour 3/4 cup into a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
  3. Top each piece of chicken with a slice of ham and cheese. Grill, covered, 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the mustard, honey and remaining mayonnaise. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mayonnaise Lover's Chicken in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"This is a very easy, very tasty recipe! Love it, know it will be one I will be making often!"

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"This recipes became a favorite in our family. I've been making it too many times now. The chicken is moist and tender, and the sauce was fantastic.I always make sure I have extra chicken for this recipe.."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This is a very tasty way to dress up chicken breasts. Instead of making the honey mustard sauce, I reserved some of the mayo and Italian dressing mixture to serve on the side. It was so very good!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"Incredible taste, juicy and full of flavor, family loved this recipe - Jill Darnell, Fort Lauderdale, FL"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2009

"This is an excellent recipe. The chicken is always very moist."

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