Bread | December 15, 2019

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

One of my VERY favorite quick and easy meals. Hot Chicken Pesto Sandwich. Creamy pesto may with grilled chicken, fresh melty mozzarella, plus fresh tomatoes and basil.

MAKING THIS PESTO CHICKEN SANDWICH A HOT

There are two ways you can heat this sandwich for the perfect melty goodness!

  1. Panini press. This is my preferred method. It works the best with the fresh mozzarella.
  2. Griddle. make just like you would a grilled cheese sandwich!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS SANDWICH

  • Bread
  • Pesto
  • Mayo (great quality! (I like Trader Joes or Hellmans/Real Foods)
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil

PRO TIP: You can grab already cooked grilled chicken strips in the deli section or the freezer section and use them for this hot sandwich. 

HOW TO MAKE THE PESTO MAYO

This, to me, MAKE the SANDWICH AMAZING. It is everything.

Simply mix a really great tasting mayo (I like Trader Joes, or Real Foods/Heinz Mayo) with a pesto spread.

I like it to be 2 parts mayo to 1 part pesto. 

STEPS TO MAKING A DELICIOUS CRIPSY PESTO CHICKEN SANDWICHES

STEP 1: Butter one side of a piece of bread

STEP 2: Flip bread over 

  • Next spread pesto mayo over the opposite side
  • Add grilled chicken
  • Basil leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • MORE pesto mayo

Top with you last slice of bread and butter the top.

HEATING UP YOUR SANDWICH

Now your sandwich is ready to be grilled or placed in the panini press.

Heat until sandwich bread is toasted on each side and cheesy is melty!

PRO TIP: because you are using fresh mozzarella it needs a little more time than traditional mozzarella to melt so cook your sandwich on med-high heat, not high, or your bread will be done before your cheese it heated through. 

CAN I USE REGULAR MOZZARELLA OR OTHER CHEESE?

OF COURSE! You can always use whatever cheese is your favorite. But the big cheesy fresh mozzarella is pretty hard to beat.

WHAT DO I SERVE THIS WITH?

This grilled chicken pesto sandwich is great to be served with

  • (I mean, honestly, lets be real) crunch potato chips, a pickle and a coke haha.

but if you want some home cooked sides make one of these and pair it with a fruit or veggie salad

MAKING THIS GLUTEN-FREE!

You can totally make this for my gluten-free diet using a great tasting gluten free bread like this Canyon Bakehouse white bread.

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uncooked pesto sandwich
Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Grilled Chicken and pesto sandwich

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken sandwich, sandwiches with pesto
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 366 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes sliced thin
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 chicken breast grilled and cut
  • 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. in a small dish mix pesto and mayo together

  2. Butter the outside of your bread.

  3. On one, inside piece of bread spread on pesto mayo
  4. Layer tomatoes, 2 basil leaves,chicken and cheese, topped with the other slice of bread.

  5. Making sure butter side is facing outward, grill, or press in your panini until cheese is melted and Grooves are golden brown.
  6. Serve with kettle chips

Recipe Notes

PRO TIP: because you are using fresh mozzarella it needs a little more time than traditional mozzarella to melt so cook your sandwich on med-high heat, not high, or your bread will be done before your cheese it heated through. 

PRO TIP: You can grab already cooked grilled chicken strips in the deli section or the freezer section and use them for this hot sandwich. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 616mg27%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 787IU16%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 233mg23%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. LOVE the car and the little-boy narration..we have the same conversations at our house, except then Parker wants to “see it see it!” :) and this looks super delicious

  2. I am looking to buy a panini grill… Which one is your favorite?? Cant wait to try this recipe!!! Thanks, Chelsea

  3. This was great! I had to change a few of the Ingredients due to living in A rural area. Used lettuce instead of Basil, Provolone in place of Mozzarrella. Will make again!