Easy Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe with Pesto Mayo

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The fresh tastes of spring shine through with this grilled chicken sandwich recipe with pesto mayo! Its deliciously paired with melted cheese, grilled bell pepper and fresh basil flavor!

two white plates with finished grilled chicken sandwich and pesto mayo, green bell pepper, melted Swiss cheese and chopped spinach.

Recipe Snapshot

EASE: So quick and easy to make in under 30 minutes!
PROS: It’s packed full of fresh flavors!
CONS: Absolutely none
WOULD I MAKE THIS AGAIN? Most definitely.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich topped with Basil Pesto Mayo

This delicious chicken pesto sandwich is packed full of deliciousness and makes for a perfect lunch or dinner option. Paired with fresh flavors and a creamy homemade pesto sauce, you’ll have a recipe you’ll want to make on repeat!

Try out this simple pesto chicken sandwich recipe that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and keep you energized for the rest of the day!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • KID FRIENDLY – My children love gathering the fresh basil from the garden and the simple & delicious flavors of this grilled chicken.
  • HEALTHY – Handful of simple and real food ingredients is all you need to make this delicious recipe.
  • INEXPENSIVE – Super budget friendly!
grilled chicken sandwich on a bun and cut in half to show texture.

Ingredients

  • mayonnaise
  • basil pesto
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • slices of swiss cheese
  • green bell pepper
  • baby spinach
  • brioche buns

Substitutions

  • Both store-bought or homemade basil pesto are great options for making the pesto mayonnaise. 
  • You want to use small chicken breasts roughly the same size as the brioche buns. If you only have large chicken breasts, you can slice one in half to make two cutlets and pound them into the desired size. 
  • While the original chicken burger comes with Swiss cheese, feel free to use your favorite sliced cheese like provolone cheese or mozzarella cheese on the sandwich. 
  • The original burger is served on a brioche bun. However, any large burger bun will work. Other options could be focaccia bread, ciabatta rolls, or your favorite bread to make paninis.
Ingredients used for the grilled chicken sandwich with pesto may in small bowls and plates.

Some tips for making this recipe

  1. Combine the pesto & mayo and store in the fridge until ready for use.
  2. Brush the chicken breast with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook the chicken cutlets on a preheated grill or grill pan.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, prepare bell pepper and cook on the grill pan until softened slightly.
  4. Top the chicken with the Swiss cheese and set aside.
  5. Toast the bun on the grill or under the broiler.
  6. Spread a dollop of the pesto mayonnaise on the bottom bun, top with the chopped spinach, followed by the grilled chicken, then the grilled bell pepper.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

Handy tips

This recipe can easily doubled or tripled if you are feeding more than two people.

Be sure to toast your buns! Toasting the buns will help protect the bread from getting soggy once you add the pesto mayonnaise. 

Make sure to pound the chicken into an even thickness. This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly and the edges do not dry. 

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a side of truffle crinkle fries with the leftover pesto mayonnaise to complete the experience. Truffle salt can be found in the spice aisle at the grocery store. 

two white plates with finished grilled chicken sandwiches and bowl of pesto mayo to the side.

If you have leftovers, store the chicken, mayonnaise, and bell pepper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Only toast the exact number of buns you plan to eat that day. Toasted bread does not store well. 

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grilled chicken burger with pesto mayo on a white plate.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Pesto Mayo

This easy chicken pesto sandwich recipe features tender grilled chicken breasts and flavorful basil pesto mayo, grilled bell pepper, melted Swiss cheese and fresh baby spinach. Perfect for busy days or a satisfying meal on the go.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Serving Size 2

Ingredients

pesto mayo

  • cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons prepared basil pesto (either homemade or pre-made works)

grilled chicken

Instructions

  • Mix the mayonnaise and pesto in a small bowl until well combined. Place the pesto mayo in the refrigerator while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of parchment or wax paper and pound into even thickness, around 1 inch.
  • Brush both sides of the chicken with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken on a preheated grill or grill pan over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and the chicken is cooked through. 
  • Top the chicken with the Swiss cheese and set aside. 
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare bell pepper. Slice the bell pepper into ½ inch rings and remove the seeds. Brush the bell pepper rings with oil and grill for 2-3 minutes per side to soften.
  • Toast the bun on the grill or under the broiler.
  • Spread a dollop of the presto mayonnaise on the bottom bun, top with the chopped spinach, followed by the grilled chicken, then the grilled bell pepper.
  • Spread another dollop of mayonnaise on the top bun and place it on top of the bell pepper to complete the sandwich. Serve immediately. 

Notes

  • This recipe can easily doubled or tripled if you are feeding more than two people. If you have leftovers, store the chicken, mayonnaise, and bell pepper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Only toast the exact number of buns you plan to eat that day. Toasted bread does not store well. 
  • Both store-bought or homemade basil pesto are great options for making the pesto mayonnaise. 
  • You want to use small chicken breasts roughly the same size as the brioche buns. If you only have large chicken breasts, you can slice one in half to make two cutlets and pound them into the desired size. 
  • Make sure to pound the chicken into an even thickness. This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly and the edges do not dry. 
  • Be sure to toast your buns! Toasting the buns will help protect the bread from getting soggy once you add the pesto mayonnaise.

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