Main Dish | January 23, 2019

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

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.

open faces chicken cheesy sandwiches

Ingredients you need to make Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

  1. 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.

slices of a baguette on a tray


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.

spreading pesto on bread

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.

Grilled chicken on pesto bread

Step 4: Sliced Tomato

Now, add a thinly sliced red ripe tomato.

tomatoes on chicken, pesto bread

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!!

chicken sandwiches topped with shredded mozzarella

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.

purple onion on top of the shredded mozzarella cheese on the sliced chicken sandwich

Lastly, BROIL!

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’!

side shot of melty cheesy chicken pesto sandwich

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open faces chicken cheesy sandwiches
Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Delicious and easy grilled chicken pesto sandwiches. These open sandwiches make a great appetizer, snack or lunch!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken pesto sandwich, Pesto Sandwich
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 303 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 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.
  1. Slice bread, tomatoes, onion, and chicken if not already done.
  2. On a baking sheet place bread and layer: pesto, chicken, tomatoes, cheese and thinly sliced red onion to the top. .

  3. Broil till cheese is melted. Top with fresh cracked pepper, sea salt and even basil. 

Recipe Notes

-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.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 498mg22%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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