Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Everybody loves sandwiches. Paninis, subs, grinders, muffalettas, pitas, and po’boys. I’ll take them all, hot or cold. What I love even more is a sandwich that is fresh and flavorful. You know, the kind where the bread is light and airy and the ingredients taste like they have been picked straight out of the garden. When we travel, I always like to scope out the best local sandwich shop because you can always find something that is fresh and unique.

This grilled chicken pesto sandwich meets all of the criteria for a perfect sandwich, it’s fresh, flavorful and tastes just like you picked it straight out of the garden. Freshly made pesto, grilled chicken, sliced tomato and warm mozzarella combine to produce the perfect sandwich. The ingredients also work well layered on the rosemary focaccia bread I posted about earlier this week.

Feel free to use your favorite store-bought or homemade basil pesto.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Yields 4 sandwiches

Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz. mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 loaf focaccia, sliced into 4 pieces, each cut in half horizontally
  • ½ cup basil pesto, or more to taste
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • romaine lettuce, for serving


  1. Lightly brush the chicken breasts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Brush and oil the grill grate.
  3. Place the chicken on the grill directly over the fire and cook until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes on each side. About 2 minutes before the chicken is ready, place a slice of cheese on each breast half, cover the grill and allow the cheese to melt.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Spread the bread slices with pesto. Arrange one breast half on each of the 4 bread pieces. Top with tomato slices and lettuce. Serve warm.

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  1. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    A great way to use that delicious bread. Nothing better than a good sandwich to enjoy!

    • Ashley

      I agree Cathy, sometimes sandwiches are just the perfect meal!

    • Ashley

      I agree, focaccia is one of my favorite types of bread.

  2. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    This sandwich looks utterly amazing, Ashley! I have all of the iingredients on hand, so I think I’ll be making this very soon! ;D

    • Ashley

      You definitely should make it soon Consuelo!

    • Ashley

      Thanks Deb!

  3. Kristina @ Love & Zest

    I agree! There’s nothing like a sandwich– good bread, cheese, zesty sauce, and cheese (did I say that already?) . I’ve recently found I have a sensitivity to gluten and it sucks because I LOVE amazing bread like this for a hot sandwich! YUM!

    • Ashley

      It is definitely hard when you can’t eat something that you love. I love cheese too!

  4. Jamie@Milk N Cookies

    Isn’t Pesto great? Perfect as a sandwich spread or as a pasta sauce. It makes everything feel a bit more special. And your rosemary focaccia looks wonderful with this sandwich.

    • Ashley

      Yes, pesto works well with so many dishes!

    • Ashley

      Thanks Kristi!

  5. Ashley

    This sandwich looks fantastic! I love the pesto here – our basil plant exploded so I’ve been making pesto like crazy (and am always trying to think of different ways to use it). I’m thinking a sandwich is in order!

    • Ashley

      Thanks Ashley! My pesto plant seems to be the only thing that survived the crazy summer weather we’ve been having here.

  6. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    Wow! This looks like my kinda sandwich girl! Totally loving this recipe, I love pesto and that melted cheese looks scrumptious. Pinning asap and making soon. 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning, Krista. You should definitely make it soon.

  7. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Beautiful sandwich, Ashley! That bread looks amazing! Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

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  9. Denise

    Pinned! Looks like a fabulous recipe. Can’t wait to try. Found you on link party! Stop by denisedesigned as well!

    • Ashley

      Hi Denise, thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Emily {Rainbow Delicious}

    These sandwiches were simple and delicious! It is one of those dishes that I always order at cafes and forget that I can just as easily make it at home! I will definitely be making this again, and think next time I’ll add some spinach instead of romaine. Thanks!

    • Ashley

      I’m so glad that you loved them, Emily! I like to switch it up and add spinach sometimes too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Jessica Robinson

    Holy YUM!! this would be incredible this summer with my heirloom tomatoes!

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