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Recipe: EASY Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Recipe: EASY Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Pesto Chicken Sandwich openDon’t pass out on me now… I know I haven’t posted a recipe in MONTHS (well, aside from the photo-less alfredo sauce I shared in my last Recipe Pin Win post- find it here if you’re interested). But here you go.

I hesitated to share this because I feel like it’s kind-of a “cheat recipe”. You see, I suffer from this issue… If the recipe is too easy, it’s not real cooking. I know, I’m crazy! But I seriously feel like I’m a cheater if I don’t put a ton of work into a meal. I prefer the easy ones, but I feel more ‘accomplished’ and worthy of culinary compliments if I put a ton of time and effort into a meal. Yes, crazy.

Anyway, this is a recipe we have at least twice a month; It’s regularly requested by my family and if they had it their way we’d have it once a week. It’s delicious, it’s easy, and it’s fairly inexpensive (we buy the chicken, pesto, cheese, bread all at Costco in bulk for our family of 6 and it’s cheaper than at the grocery store). I think it’s a pretty perfect meal. Best of all, it’s SO versatile. Try provolone, muenster, or your other favorite cheese instead of mozzarella (in the photos I have muenster on the sandwich). Substitute spinach leaves or arugula instead of lettuce. The sandwich in the photograph also has sun-dried tomatoes on it because I forgot to pick up fresh tomatoes, and it tasted amazing. So much so that I’ll probably be adding that from now on! If you’d rather use a whole chicken breast instead of shredded chicken from a can, go for it! See? SO versatile! πŸ™‚ We also spread extra pesto on the bread because we love pesto.

Pesto Chicken Sandwich wholeEnough of my talking… Here’s the recipe.

Easy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1/4 mayo
  2. 3 Tablespoons Pesto Sauce
  3. 2- 12.5 oz cans of chunk chicken breast-drained
  4. Lettuce
  5. Tomato
  6. Mozarella cheese- sliced
  7. Tortas- sliced in half length-wise
  8. Butter
  1. Combine mayo, pesto and chicken in a bowl and mix until blended.
  2. Spread butter on bread and toast, soft side down, in a pan until browned.
  3. Serve sandwiches on torta with lettuce, tomato, mozzarella and pesto chicken mixture.
  1. Feel free to personalize your sandwich! Sub provolone, muenster, or your other favorite cheese instead of mozzarella. Try spinach leaves or arugula instead of lettuce. Add sun-dried tomatoes instead of fresh sliced tomatoes. Try a grilled chicken breast instead of canned chicken. Add alfalfa sprouts for extra crunch and flavor if you want. Spread pesto sauce on the bread if you want more pesto flavor... Go crazy, have fun!
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  1. Catherine S says

    This sounds like a great sandwich. I love to have a good sandwich for lunch while I am working. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Chicken and Pesto Sandwiches are like my favorite sandwiches to eat. I am obsessed with Pesto in general. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. This looks so good! Chicken and Pesto-SO good together!

  4. I also feel a huge sense of accomplishment if I cook a great meal from scratch. But I also love an easy meal as well.

  5. I love pesto chicken! These sandwiches look so tasty!

  6. Debbie Denny says

    This I could get into. Looks fantastic.

  7. It sure photos up nicely. I bet it tastes great too… my family really like pesto and chicken too, but we’ve never had them together.

  8. This looks so good! I love pesto – and everything else in the sandwich too!

  9. This is really easy and would make a great lunch idea for me to take to the office! I will have to give this a whirl, I am really trying to find more not-so-fast-food options for lunches πŸ™‚ This just may do the trick!

  10. Oh yum, Thank you for sharing, Glad to see your back a posting.

  11. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was just looking for a creative way to serve pesto to my daughter. Adding chicken is a great idea.

  12. Yum! I love pesto. I’m going to pin this and save it for later! I found you on the blog hop πŸ™‚ I’m a new fan!

  13. I love pesto, but never thought about using it in a sandwich. This sounds really yummy!

  14. This looks delicious, simple, and like what I’m having for lunch tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

  15. Looks so good! I love pesto

  16. Julie Wood says

    I like the Canned Chicken breast and think it is delicious to use in this sandwich. I want to make this sandwich as a dinner meal and I know my family will love it!

  17. I love the idea of adding pesto to a chicken recipe like this, mmm I can’t wait to try it!!

  18. I love pesto! These sandwiches look delicious!

  19. loved this , you should add it to our link party

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