Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 19, 2023
This easy chicken pesto sandwich recipe is just right for game day! The sandwiches are tasty as well as easy to prep ahead and assemble later at the event. —Colleen Sturma, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chicken Pesto Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 6 Ciabatta buns, split and toasted
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 slices


  1. Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto over each chicken breast; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat until no longer pink, 3-5 minutes on each side.
  2. Spread 3 tablespoons pesto over bun bottoms; layer with red peppers, chicken and cheese. Spread remaining pesto over cut side of bun tops; replace tops.
Chicken Pesto Sandwiches Tips

What other kinds of cheese would work well on a chicken pesto sandwich?

If you can't find fresh mozzarella, you can use regular mozzarella or provolone slices. However, we'd recommend going out of your way to pick up some fresh mozzarella, because it makes all the difference! Out of Ciabatta? Use sourdough instead! Fresh tomato makes a great substitute for roasted red pepper.

What can you serve with chicken pesto sandwiches?

Chicken pesto sandwiches go wonderfully with sweet potato fries, roasted vegetables or even a side dish like summer garden couscous that's full of sweet corn, cucumbers and feta cheese. Otherwise, crunchy air-fryer potato chips would be perfect, too.

What's the best way to reheat a chicken pesto sandwich?

Chicken pesto sandwiches are best assembled right before serving. But if you do make them ahead, you can skip toasting the Ciabatta right away and throw the whole sandwich in a panini press later. This chicken pesto sandwich would taste just as good cold, too! Check out other caprese recipes similar to this one.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 498 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 1026mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 43g protein.

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