Toasted pesto chicken salad sandwiches

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Fresh basil pesto, crusty french bread & roasted chicken turned into a sandwich. I’ll say yes to that! I turned plain and ordinary (not that there is anything wrong with that) roasted chicken into a super flavorful pesto chicken salad. I added it to toasted french bread and topped it off with baby spinach and roma tomatoes. It was filling without being to heavy and totally hit the spot.

Toasted Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich

1 loaf of good Italian  bread, sliced

butter, softened

2 roasted chicken breast, diced or shredded

1/4 – 1/2 cup of basil pesto (homemade or store bought) start with 1/4 and go from there. Pesto can be quite salty from the parmesan cheese in it so if you want more flavor use the 1/2 cup

2 tbsp of light mayo

freshly cracked pepper

baby spinach

roma tomatoes, sliced


In a bowl add the chicken, pesto, mayo and pepper mixing well. Set aside.

Heat a cast iron pan (or a non-stick pan) over medium-high heat. Spread 2 slices of the french bread with butter. Toast the bread in the pan until it has a nice char or until it’s a golden brown color.

Spread the chicken salad over one slice of the toasted bread. Add the baby spinach, tomato and top with other slice of bread.


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10 Responses “Toasted pesto chicken salad sandwiches”

  1. beti January 3, 2012 11:37 pm #

    great pictures!! the sandwiches sound great and I love that bite that you gave to one of them haha

  2. simplylovefood January 4, 2012 7:23 am #

    Thank you Beti…. (ps I just could not resist that one bite!) hahaha

  3. Erinnish January 4, 2012 8:22 pm #

    looks delicious!!

  4. simplylovefood January 4, 2012 9:15 pm #

    Thank you!

  5. JoJo January 5, 2012 11:45 pm #

    I Like Chicken salad sandwiches,it’s very delicious!Clap….

  6. simplylovefood January 6, 2012 7:28 am #

    Thanks JoJo! Trust me the pesto really does something great here. YUM!

  7. Johnie February 16, 2012 9:35 am #

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  9. Susan Bewley May 18, 2012 1:41 pm #

    This recipe sound so yummy! I will have to make it the next time my husband is out of town (he hates pesto)

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  10. simplylovefood May 19, 2012 8:37 am #

    Thanks Susan! Really a nice twist to “boring” chicken salad :)

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