Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

As much as I like to (and will) eat the same thing for dinner 4 days in a row, there comes a time when I can’t eat another bowl of chili or piece of grilled chicken. For me, leftovers provide endless possibilities to be transformed into something awesome (and so not boring).

Like my Greek Grilled Chicken.

For Fourth of July, I cooked up enough for 12 people when there were only four people coming over… in addition to hamburgers and hot dogs. Needless to say, I had a lot of chicken left over.

So for lunch, I decided to whip up an easy sandwich that used up my leftovers and gave new life to plain old grilled chicken. 

Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwiches.


Pesto + chicken + tomato + amazing bread = yumminess that can be consumed one-handed as you finish all the work for your summer class!

And it started with good bread. 


I bought this amazing whole wheat sourdough bread at the farmer’s market in town and it is probably my new favorite food product. Nutty, tangy, and just perfect for sandwiches. 

Then you spread a generous layer of pesto on each slice.


I love how the green of the pesto looks against the nutty brown of the bread. 

When both sides are thoroughly pestoed… 


Slice up some tomatoes (another farmer’s market purchase!).

Layer a couple of slices on one side of the bread.


I like thick slices of tomato on my sandwiches.

On the other side of the bread, 


place some slices grilled chicken. 

Then step back and admire your progress. 



Because both the chicken and tomatoes have moisture in them, if I put this sandwich together and took a bite, something would inevitably fall out or the sandwich would slide out of place. So I needed something that was slightly rough and dry as a buffer zone. 


And nothing does the trick like some mixed greens. This is a mix of baby kale, baby swiss chard, and baby spinach. Divine!

Then you put a lid on it!


Hello completed sandwich!


Look at all those beautiful layers.

Cut in half.


Oh. My. Goodness. 

Lunch nirvana. 


Perfect with a side of cut-up tomatoes (or if you have them, some hot French fries…).





Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwiches

  • Servings: one person
  • Difficulty: easy
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¼ – ½ a grilled chicken breast, sliced thin

½ a tomato, sliced

1 tablespoon of pesto, homemade or from a jar

A handful of mixed greens, washed and dried thoroughly

2 slices of very good bread



Spread pesto on both slices of bread. On one slice of bread, layer tomato slices. On second slice of bread, place chicken slices. Add mixed greens. Put the sandwich together, slice in half. Enjoy with a side salad, cut-up raw veggies, or some French fries!

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