This Pesto Chicken Sandwich will blow your mind. The flavor combination between the pesto, mozzarella and fire roasted peppers is AMAZING and ultimately makes this another must try recipe!
This could be my NEW favorite recipe. I can’t even explain how good it was. My husband thought it was too fancy, but he’s not a fan of pesto. Therefore, his opinion matters zero. I still love him though.
I just bought this new pan, and I was so excited to try it out and let me just say, it delivered. If you don’t have ridges on your pan or a panini press, don’t worry about it. Just use a regular skillet and it will still be just as good. It’s just that extra touch that makes it a little prettier. If you go with a regular pan, call it a toasty instead of a panini, so you don’t get publicly criticized.
If you're up for it, make my vegetarian pesto recipe along with this sandwich. It only takes 10 minutes to make and it is 100 times better than store bought.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It's simple to make
- The flavor combination is ridiculously good
- It only takes 30 minutes to make
- Just like my Ciabatta Chicken Sandwich, this sandwich will 100% impress
Looking for more dinner ideas? Try these easy recipes:
Italian Round or a Sourdough- A good bread makes all the difference in this recipe. I highly suggest a freshly baked loaf from the grocery store. I used an Italian Round loaf and it was incredible.
Chicken Breast- Sliced in half and sautéed to perfection.
Mozzarella Cheese- Delicate, milky cheese that has the ideal melt and pairs really well with pesto sauce.
Fire Roasted Red Peppers- For a subtle, smoky taste. These make such a difference in this recipe, so don't leave them out.
Pesto- Spreads onto this sandwich for the best flavor combination.
Butter- For transforming this sandwich into a toasty, grilled creation.
How to Make Pesto Chicken Sandwiches:
Pat dry the chicken breast with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Into a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once heated, place chicken into skillet and cook about 4 minutes on each side until cooked entirely. If you are looking for a little more seasoning, check out my sautéed chicken breast recipe.
The chicken should read 165 degrees on a meat thermometer or instant read thermometer. Place on a plate and set aside.
Assemble the sandwiches:
Add 2 tablespoons of pesto to each sandwich by spreading it on one side of each sandwich.
Now, add two slices of fresh mozzarella, a few roasted red peppers & one of the thin chicken breasts onto each sandwich. Close it up.
Get the grill pan, panini press or just a skillet ready. Heat the pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. This is important *Make sure if you are using a skillet like this, that the butter gets between each crevice. Otherwise, it cooks a little funny.
Add two sandwiches in, then press onto the top of the sandwich with a flat lid or a burger press.
Flip the sandwiches after three to four minutes on each side. Make sure to add one tbs of butter in the flip transition. When in doubt, you need more butter.
Ta-DA!!! Next batch!
I am telling you..everyone is going to love these. I serve the sandwiches with a little extra pesto to dip the panini in!Print