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Pesto Chicken Sandwich Recipe

If you love your sandwiches...which I am sure we all do, here is the perfect quick and easy recipe to fulfill all of your sandwich needs. Toasted sourdough, paired with savory pesto, Trifecta chicken, and sweet Roma tomatoes; this delicious recipe can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. 

About This Recipe 

This recipe is quick to prepare if you're using Trifecta Chicken. The pesto can be home-made or store bought depending on how much time you have; however, homemade pestos have way more flavor! 

A classic Italian pesto is prepared with basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese. 

The issue you may run into when preparing a classic pesto is that most recipes call for 1/2 cup or more of oil. The sauce is naturally high in fat. which although this may help blend the pesto, it leads to excess fat and calories. 

To curve this, if you are making a home-made pesto for this recipe, replace some of the oil with seasoning liquids such as lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, kombucha, or specialty vinegars. 

Add as much or as little liquid as you'd like depending on if you like a smooth or chunky pesto. 

Try out some of our favorite pesto recipes to pair with this killer and simple sandwich: 

How To Prepare Your Pesto Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes 
Servings: 2 

Ingredients:  

  • 8 ounces Trifecta Chicken, Shredded or Sliced 
  • 4 slices sourdough bread (or bread of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons cottage cheese or mozzarella 
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced 
  • 1/4 cup basil, rough chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • Cooking Spray 

Kitchen Tools: 

  • Knife and cutting board
  • Non-stick skillet or panini press
  • Spatula 

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Prepare Pesto

ingredients for pesto chicken sandwich recipe on cutting board

This recipe can be prepared quickly even if you're making the pesto sauce from scratch. 

You can purchase a pesto pre-made from most grocery stores or check out your local farmers market!

Bonus: most of the time you can also find some amazing artisan sourdough bread at your local market along with all of the ingredients you need for this pesto chicken sandwich besides the Trifecta Chicken. Pick up extra ingredients for a delicious salad or any other meal prep needs you may have. 

Step 2: Heat Skillet, Toast Bread, and Begin to Build the Sandwich 

There are a few different ways you can build a panini style sandwich: 

  • Layer all of the ingredients onto the bread open-faced and broil it in the oven for 4-5 minutes on high 
  • Use an outdoor grill to grill the bread and layer on all the ingredients 
  • Use a panini press
  • Use a skillet and layer all of the ingredients onto the bread, then press down slightly

For the sake of a quick clean up, we are going to prepare this pesto chicken sandwich by using a skillet. 

First heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray you're slices of toast with a quick spritz of cooking spray, then lay into the skillet (if you'd like extra flavor and calories, toast your bread with some salted butter!). 

toasting sandwich bread in non stick skillet

Toast the bread for 1 minute on one side, then flip over and lay 1 tablespoon cottage cheese (or cheese of choice) and 1 tablespoon of pesto onto one of the pieces of toast and a few of the sliced tomatoes on the other. 

Give the tomatoes a quick drizzle of balsamic vinegar and make sure you sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of them. 

toasting-chicken-pesto-sandwich-ingredients-in-skillet

Continue to cook for at least 2 minutes adjusting the heat as needed. 

Step 3: Add Chicken and Close Sandwich 

This part can get a little tricky. Layer 3 ounces of chicken into your sandwich along with a few slices of basil and then gentle flip over one of the sides to close the sandwich.

Using a pair of tongs, a weight press, or a lid from one of your pots, press down the sandwich gently (not too hard or everything will fall out!). Continue cooking for 2 minutes, then flip the sandwich and cook for 2 more minutes, or until everything is heated through. Then dig in! 

cooking chicken pesto sandwich in skillet

Storing, Serving, and Reheating 

Sandwiches are not the best chicken meal prep recipes because the bread often gets too soggy if you try to prepare them a day in advance.

So if you have time to cook your sandwich, then this recipe will be another nutritious meal to prepare in a pinch. But if you are looking for a meal-prep friendly version of this pesto chicken sandwich recipe then we have some options! Skip the bread in any of these for a keto-friendly and paleo-friendly version of this recipe. 

  • Pesto Chicken Sandwich Salad with Sourdough Croutons:
    Toss some fresh arugula or other heart greens with the pesto, tomato, chicken, and balsamic. Cub your sourdough and keep it in a separate baggie until you're ready to did into the salad. Top with shredded parmesan or mozzarella. 
  • Pesto Chicken Wrap with Fresh Greens:
    Skip the sourdough and find a tortilla or low-carb wrap in the grocery store to fill with shredded chicken, pesto, cottage cheese, tomato, basil, and shredded kale or salad greens. Don't forget to drizzle in some balsamic vinegar. 
  • Pesto Chicken Bowl:
    The best meal-prep friendly version is to pair 5 oz of chicken tossed with 1 1/2 tablespoons of pesto, serving this over 1/2 cup Trifecta Brown Rice or Quinoa with a 1 cup side of Broccoli or other Trifecta Vegetables for a quick macro-balanced meal. 

Ready to Eat Meal Prep 

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Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich

COOK TIME:

15 min

PREP TIME:

5 min

YIELD:

2

DESCRIPTION

Toasted sourdough, paired with savory pesto, grilled chicken, and sweet Roma tomatoes; this recipe is sure to satisfy any savory cravings you have! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 oz Trifecta Chicken
  • 4 slices sourdough bread or bread of choice
  • 3 tablespoons pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons cottage cheese or mozzarella
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup basil, rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gather all of the ingredients you need for your sandwich and prepare your pesto if you are using a homemade pesto recipe.

  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and spray your slices of toast with a quick spritz of cooking spray, then lay into the skillet. Toast the bread for 1 minute on one side, then flip over and lay 1 tablespoon cottage cheese (or cheese of choice) and 1 tablespoon of pesto onto one of the pieces of toast and a few of the sliced tomatoes on the other. Give the tomatoes a quick drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Cook for 2 more minutes, adjust heat if needed

  3. Layer 3 ounces of chicken into your sandwich along with a few slices of basil and then gently flip over one of the sides to close the sandwich. With a pair of togs or use the lid from one of your cooking pots to press down the sandwich gently (not too hard or everything will fall out!). Continue cooking for 2 minutes, then flip the sandwich and cook for 2 more minutes, or until everything is heated through. Then dig in!

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 2 | Calories Per Serving: 390

  • Total Fat 13g
    17%
  • Cholesterol 90mg
    30%
  • Sodium 860mg
    37%
  • Total Carbohydrates 31g
    11%
  • Sugars 2g
    0%
  • Protein 37g
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C