Everyone in my house, at a party all that I know have gone bananas for these grilled chicken pesto sandwiches. GUYS they are killer good. So easy to make, plus pretty fresh and healthy! I’m gonna give you step by step intstuctions- but trust me, you could probably throw these together fast than you reading this post. Lets get to it.
Ingredients you need to make Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
Baguette or thinly sliced french bread
I like to use small baguettes when serving these for a party or appetizer. When we make them for dinner larger portions- like on french bread is perfect. Cut the baguette diagonal for a long slice.
I love to grab fresh pesto in the refrigerated section of costco or trader joes. If you dont have those accessible and are not making your own jarred is delicious too! I’ve used every variety :)
Spread on the baguette.
Step 3. Grilled chicken
You can either grill your own chicken breasts or grab from the deli section sliced grill chicken to make life easier. I usually will use the store bought grilled chicken when I’m planning a big party and will be overwhelmed with a lot of other food prep.
Step 4: Sliced Tomato
Now, add a thinly sliced red ripe tomato.
Step 5. Top with loads of cheese!
Which cheese do I use for pesto chicken sandwich?
I love to use a mixture of shredded mozzarella and parmesan. I’ve also used a slice of fresh mozzarella and it was amazing!!
Step 6. Add some thinly sliced purple onion
Adding the onion last, on the very top layer helps the onion to cook faster than the rest of the ingredients so it is soft and juicy and the flavors have allowed to blend with everything else.
I love to broil these bad boys for just a few minutes. When the cheese is bubbly and starting to have a few golden brown spots they are ready to eat.
Top with some fresh cracked pepper and sea salt. I’m seriously drooling in my seat right now.
Keeping them open-faced grilled chicken sandwiches or sammies
I love to keep these open faced sandwiches (aka sammies). Adding a top slice of bread, to me, is too much bread and throws off the proportions and balance of the flavor. Leave the top off and enjoy and nice, long stretchy cheesy pull! Ain’t nobody goin’ be complainin’!
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Delicious and easy grilled chicken pesto sandwiches. These open sandwiches make a great appetizer, snack or lunch!
- 12 slices baguette or french bread pre-sliced makes life easy!
- 1/4 cup pesto
- 2-3 tomatoes
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1-2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 Cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 large grilled chicken breast sliced thin or pre-grilled and sliced chicken from deli or freezer section.
- Slice bread, tomatoes, onion, and chicken if not already done.
On a baking sheet place bread and layer: pesto, chicken, tomatoes, cheese and thinly sliced red onion to the top. .
Broil till cheese is melted. Top with fresh cracked pepper, sea salt and even basil.
-Baking at 350 is recommended for the larger sandwiches to ensure that it is heated through.
-If using frozen pre-cooked grilled chicken, thaw before assembling! This will help reduce heating time and avoid burning the bread/cheese.