Pesto Chicken Sandwiches


Dine out at home with chicken sandwiches just like those served in fancy bistros. Ciabatta bread is available at most bakeries and supermarkets.

Pesto Chicken Sandwiches
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
6 to 8 sandwiches


  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 8 ounce mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 1 large red, yellow, and/or green sweet pepper, cut into strips

  • cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • 2 tablespoon pesto

  • 1 12 inch loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half horizontally

  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. In a small bowl combine Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over all sides of chicken; rub into chicken with your fingers. Place chicken in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.

  2. Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic. In a bowl combine tomatoes and vinegar; pour over chicken mixture in cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in zucchini and sweet pepper. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 30 minutes more.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine mayonnaise and pesto. Spread pesto mixture evenly over cut sides of bread.

  5. Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Using a slotted spoon, spoon vegetable mixture onto bread bottom. Discard cooking juices. Thinly slice chicken. Arrange chicken slices over vegetables. Add basil and bread top. Cut loaf into 6 or 8 serving-size portions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
16g Fat
48g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 830mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 45.5mg 228%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 593mg 13%
Folate, total 177.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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