Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
This post was sponsored by Martin’s® Famous Potato Rolls and Bread. All opinions expressed here are my own!
Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches are slices of fluffy, whole wheat potato bread filled with a creamy no mayo pesto chicken salad and plenty of veggies!
My lunches are normally pretty boring. I typically don’t want to have to think about what I’m having because I’m normally working, so I just grab leftovers or make myself peanut butter banana toast.
These Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches are something that I made a few weeks back to change up my lunch routine and they were just what I needed to liven up my day.
It was necessary to make a special filling for a sandwich, because I had some very special bread.
No ordinary sandwich was going to do with Martin’s® 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread in the house!
This was the first time I’d tried a product from Martin’s® Famous Potato Rolls and Bread and I was completely impressed.
Martin’s® 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread is deliciously thick and fluffy with the lightest texture. It was the perfect bread for my Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches.
Not only is this bread great tasting and high quality, but there are no artificial dyes, no trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup and no cholesterol.
I felt good about serving this bread to my family, and they loved each and every slice!
Martin’s® Famous Potato Rolls and Bread is a family owned and operated business that is dedicated to extraordinary taste, quality and customer service.
It all started in the 1950’s in the heart of “Pennsylvania Dutch” country when Lois and Loyd Martin perfected their potato rolls.
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Pesto chicken salad
Let’s talk pesto for a moment. You can absolutely use your favorite store bought pesto sauce for this pesto chicken salad, but I love making my own so that I control the ingredients.
Basil isn’t in season right now, so I used my Spinach Pesto recipe for my sauce. You can definitely substitute the spinach with fresh basil, or do a combination of both as well.
See my tips on how to make pesto sauce to make your own!
How to make pesto chicken salad
- I used 2 cups of shredded chicken breast for my chicken salad, which is about 1 lb. of chicken. A huge timesaver is using leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken.
- Just make sure to season the chicken well with salt and pepper. Yes, the pesto sauce will have flavor too, but if the chicken is very bland it will affect the overall flavor.
- Add 1/4 cup of the pesto to the chicken, stir it in until combined, and then add 2-4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (or mayo) depending on how creamy you want it.
- Taste, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and it’s time to assemble those sandwiches!
Recipe tips and substitutions
- I chose to layer my Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches with plenty of veggies, including lettuce, sliced tomato and avocado. Customize your sandwich with your favorites!
- I’m not a fan of mayo so I like to use Greek yogurt to add creaminess to the pesto chicken salad. I used 2 tablespoons, but it you’d like it even creamier, add up to 1-2 tablespoons more. Mayo may be substituted for the Greek yogurt.
- There will be pesto sauce leftover. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Assemble the chicken salad and sandwiches:
- Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add 1/4 cup of the pesto sauce and 2 tablespoons of the Greek yogurt and stir to combine. Add up to 1-2 more tablespoons of the Greek yogurt for added creaminess if desired. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Place lettuce on (4) slices of bread, followed by half a cup of the chicken salad. Top with tomato and avocado if desired, and top with the other (4) remaining slices of the bread.
- Serve and enjoy!
- *I'm not a fan of mayo so I like to use Greek yogurt to add creaminess to the pesto chicken salad. I used 2 tablespoons, but it you'd like it even creamier, add up to 1-2 tablespoons more. Mayo may be substituted for the Greek yogurt.
- Store leftover pesto chicken salad in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.