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!

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.

Exciting right?

Every now and again I’ll get my ducks in a row and prep ingredients for a more exciting lunch like my favorite wrap or veggie sandwich, or create something totally new.

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!

Martin's 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread

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 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread

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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!

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 Walnut Pesto recipe for my sauce.

You can definitely substitute the spinach with fresh basil, or do a combination of both as well.

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!

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.

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!

Taste, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and it’s time to assemble those sandwiches!

I chose to layer my Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches with plenty of veggies, including lettuce, sliced tomato and avocado.

The veggies added a wonderful freshness to the sandwiches and were a great compliment to the flavor of the pesto.

These Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches were a great reminder for me to change up my lunch routine more often.

There’s nothing like an amazing sandwich on some quality bread to brighten up that midday meal. 🙂

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!

Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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!

Ingredients:

For the pesto sauce:

  • 4 cups loosely packed baby spinach or basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • ¼ cup toasted walnut pieces
  • Juice of one lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the sandwiches:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast (use leftover chicken or rotisserie, skin removed)
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 2-4 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)*
  • (8) slices Martin’s® 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread
  • Lettuce, tomato, and avocado or your favorite veggies

Directions:

Prepare the pesto sauce:

  1. Add basil, garlic, nuts, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and salt to a food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture resembles a paste. Continue to pulse while slowly adding the olive oil.  Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  2. Place the sauce in a medium size bowl. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Add more salt if necessary.

Assemble the chicken salad and sandwiches:

  1. 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.
  2. Place lettuce on (4) slices of Martin’s® 100% Whole Wheat Potato 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.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • *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.

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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