Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you’ll ever have!

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!

I hope everyone had a fun-filled weekend! I spent the weekend in San Francisco visiting Jason and attending the 4th Annual Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival. It was such a blast meeting so many new people, exploring the city, and being pampered at the Saturday night gala which was held at California Academy of Sciences. I have a post ready for you guys tomorrow to share all my experiences so stay tuned!

So just the other day, I was going through my fridge and I noticed that I had some chicken breasts to use up and a jar of leftover pesto. That’s when I thought of the possibilities of combining those together. A lightbulb then went off in my head and I figured I could easily make a chicken pesto sandwich.

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!

I thought of adding in some nuts, dried cranberries, maybe some apples or grapes but then I really just wanted to keep this nice and simple. So I threw in some Greek yogurt for a bit of creaminess and tossed it all together with the shredded chicken and homemade pesto. It was so quick and easy to put together, and it served as such an amazing sandwich filling, especially when slathered over a fresh baguette with some arugula, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella.

It was by far one of the best 5-minute prep lunches I’ve ever had!

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Lightened up with Greek yogurt, this hearty sandwich is one of the quickest, most tastiest meals you'll ever have!


  • 2 cups shredded chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 baguette, cut into 3-4 equal pieces, toasted, for serving
  • 2 cups arugula, for serving
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced, for serving
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, sliced
  • For the basil pesto
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, 1/2 cup pesto, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve sandwiches on baguette with arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella and chicken pesto mixture.


Adapted from Pioneer Woman


  1. Susanna says

    I’m so going to try this!!! Anyways, I wanted to thank you about the print option lay-out. For the first time, from quite a lot of recipe websites and blogs, when I clicked the print button, I got what I’ve always looked for: big enough picture, ingredients and instructions in the same page. It’s seems silly, but for me it’s not. Thank you!

    • Chung-Ah says

      It’s not silly at all! I completely understand the need for easy, accessible sites, especially when it comes to recipes!

  2. Ashley says

    YUMMMMM! I made this for my lunch today and it was SO good! I could eat it all the time! Thank you for posting!

  3. says

    This is something that I’ve eaten HUNDREDS of times, but I just have to say the way you present it is just fabulous! The addition of greek yogurt and arugula looks great too =)

  4. Dian says

    My friend is out of the hospital after having knee surgery. Tonight we will be watching movies while I make dinner for her. We will be having this sandwich and the Loaded Baked Potato Soup from your site as well. Both look DEEEEE-licious!!!!


  5. Laura says

    I made this for Saturday lunch for my family (kids aged 7 and 9, plus the hubby). WE LOVED IT! I used some leftover Trader Joe’s pesto and rotisserie chicken, so it came together very quickly. We will definitley be making this one again. DELICIOUS!

    • Angie says

      I love the idea of using rotisserie chicken! That was the one part of the recipe that I thought would take some time. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Shanna Smith says

    I want to make this so badly! But I don’t have the ingredients or food processor to make the pesto… Is there anyone who knows of a grocery store where delicious, healthy pesto can be found already made?

  7. says

    I have made this twice now and it is amazing! The first time I used pre-roasted turkey breast from the grocery store and this time just chicken breast that I cooked at home. I added a bit of onion and paprika since I am avoiding black pepper at the moment. Delicious! This is now a staple for my lunch menu.

  8. Deana says

    This looks so good! But I have a tree nut allergy and wouldn’t be able to do the pine nuts in the pesto. Would it still work if I omit those?

  9. Rachel says

    Made these last night! They were great! I made them as a hot sandwich! I placed everything on the sandwich except the arrival and placed them in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes!!!! Great!!

  10. Brooke says

    I made these tonight for dinner and it was so yummy! The only thing I did different was instead of Greek yogurt, I threw in 2 avocados to the food processor with the pesto to get the creaminess. Sooo good, thanks for the idea!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Cassandra, you can certainly omit the nuts but please remember that by doing so, I cannot speak for how much this will change in the overall taste or texture of the dish. I recommend using the specified ingredients listed in the recipe whenever possible for optimal results.

  11. Brandi says

    Any tips on where to get the pine nuts inexpensively? At my local grocery they were almost $4 for 1.75 oz!

    • Melanie says

      FYI, you can also try other nuts. I never liked pesto much until I started using pistachios instead of pine nuts. Now I can’t get enough of it! I also get my nuts at Costco, the savings is tremendous over grocery store prices.

    • Fab says

      Try the Hispanic aisle. I have seen small bags of such items much cheaper in Walmart. Your local farmers market may also have smaller serving sizes that are reasonable.

  12. Terrianne says

    This looks delicious! I’m going to make it tomorrow for our family, which includes a 2 and 1/2 yr. old. I might serve it on a tortilla, grilled as a quesadilla for him since his mouth is too little for a sandwich like this and he’s really into quesadillas right now. I’ll keep it on a baguette for me and my husband. Either way, I can’t see not loving this. And what a great idea to serve this up sliced into smaller sandwiches during a Spring/ Summer get-together or party. =)

  13. Allison says

    This is sooo good! We put them on sandwiches but you could do so much with this pesto Chicken! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Matt says

    We just made a batch and love how it turned out. We have a busy life right now with an infant and were wondering if anyone has had success freezing batches for later, and if so, how long would it keep a quality taste?

  15. Jessica Pryor says

    I don’t have a food processor:( can I just use a blender?.. I really want to try this. It looks yummy:)

    • Alia says

      I used my blender & it worked pretty good. Probably takes a bit more time, but my husband & I love the flavor of the pesto!

      • sarah says

        I also use a blender to make pesto and it works well. You do have to be a bit more patient and stop to push the ingredients down, but it works. You can put some olive oil in first so it’s on the bottom of the other ingredients and then once it gets going, remove the little middle part of the lid and stream more olive oil in as needed.

    • Fab says

      Hi Jessica. I use a mini food processor all the time. Its the 1.5cup size, so you may have to process in batches. But its inexpensive and lasts a long time. I paid around $12. Can find at Target or Walmart or even your local grocer. Hope this helps!

  16. Sam says

    I have really been enjoying your blog I am wondering if you have any nutritional information fir the wonderful things you make

    • Chung-Ah says

      Sam, I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes! But unfortunately, as I am not a registered dietician, I am not comfortable sharing nutritional information of my recipes. Please use online resources at your own discretion to obtain such information.

  17. Spyce says

    I have this chilling in the fridge for dinner. I can barely wait to eat it! I poached a package of chicken tenders in chicken broth, lemon balm, lemon verbena, and a couple of smashed garlic gloves. This recipe is a great way to stretch a meal!

  18. toni says

    I use the pesto on baked or grilled salmon, baked chicken and have also put some on a plate and poured some olive oil over it to dip bread in. Delicious! I added a little lemon to the pesto and it is good that way too. I have basil in my garden, so I make this pesto almost everyday and add it to a lot of recipes. Today, I added it to the stuffing/Mild italian sausage stuffed green pepper recipe. Turned out great! Thanks for recipe.

  19. Anna says

    Silly question – can you use canola oil? I’m out of olive oil so wondering if I need to make a trip to the store or if I’m okay with canola?

    • Chungah says

      Anna, I do not recommend using canola oil. It is best to use olive oil to obtain the best results possible.

  20. jessie says

    I substituted pistachios for the pine nuts in the pesto. No joke. This is the best tasting pesto I’ve ever had!

  21. belinda says

    I love fresh pesto so I made this for dinner tonight for my family. My husband and son loved it. I even forgot to make the sandwiches with the mozzarella on them and we didn’t even miss it. They were delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Christie says

      I would recomend BeyondMeat grilled “chicken” as a substitute. You can get it in the frozen section of the grocery (in my area Whole Foods carries this brand). They make the best meat substitutes I have tasted so far.

  22. Anna says

    Beste Chungah,

    Heb zojuist je site ontdekt via Pinterest ben fan van je site ,mijn complimenten voor je recepten zo duidelijk overzichtelijk en bovenal heeeeeerlijk .Ook de complimenten voor de mogelijk om de tekst te vertalen .Ik ben Nederlandse Zeker kan ik Engels lezen maar je begrijpt in je eigen taal lezen is net iets gemakkelijker.
    Ik ga je volgen met zonnige groeten van Anna uit Holland

  23. Kelsea E. says

    I made this for dinner a few nights ago. My husband and I both loved it. It is fresh, flavorful and very healthy as far as chicken salads go. Don’t be afraid of the Greek yogurt, it only makes the sandwich creamy, you wouldn’t even realize it was Greek yogurt unless you made it yourself. Love it, thanks!

  24. Ailsa says

    I am new to cooking with fresh herbs but love what I have made so far. How do I measure 1 cup of fresh basil for this pesto recipe? Do I loosely pack it, do I measure it before of after it is cut up?

  25. Miriam says

    Thanks for all your yummy and healthy recipes. I am planning my weekly meals and your website has all I need. Thanks again!!!!

  26. Lani says

    YUM! I love the sub of Greek Yogurt for Mayo. I often times use walnuts instead of pine nuts and I really cant tell a difference in texture or taste. Thanks for the great recipe!

  27. Crystal says

    Im making it for dinner. This makes a perfect hot summer day dinner. Its coming along great…. Stay Tuned for the end results…..

  28. Rebecca says

    We just found your website last week and have drooled over it for days. Tonight we made this dish and OH MY was it delicious. We were so full we didnt even touch the chips, which is a good thing since were trying to cut out calories! A++

  29. Kelsey says

    This was great! I used store bought pesto to make it super quick and easy, and toasted the whole thing in the toaster oven. Sooooo good :) Thank you!

  30. Yojie says

    This is a good recipe, l really like your recipes. Question on the Chicken Pesto, I am planning to make-ahead some packed lunch/breakfast. Would like to know if i put this as filling for English Muffins, will it freeze well? Thanks in advance for the response :)

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  31. says

    I know you posted this recipe over 2 years ago but I just wanted to say thank you so much for it because it just reminded me how filling simple is! I skipped out on making the pesto, but I bought fresh pesto for the first time in my life because of this. I’m definitely going to try making my own though. I was able to pack spinach and rocket into this meal for my lunch it has been so filling. Although I did have it on a cheese baguette 😛 I’ve also made enough to take to work tomorrow on brown buns, so just really wanted to say thanks!

  32. Lainey says

    I’m so excited to try this recipe. Staring at the picture and I can taste it! Your blog is filled with so many recipes I will be making once I get home for winter break! (yay no more ramen noodles!) Keep posting! 😀

  33. Tvamb says

    I just finished eating this sandwich and it was fantastic. I cooked 2 large chicken breast quickly by steaming it in one of those ziplock steam bags. It only took 5.5 minutes in the microwave and I will do the same next time. My husband bought me a Cuisinart last Christmas and I haven’t used it much. It chopped the chicken beautifully in like 3 seconds. This recipe is a keeper but I will double the pesto recipe next time so that I can used all on the chicken I chop.

  34. says

    Where do you get your baguettes!? They always look so delicious! I don’t have anywhere around me (that I have found) that sells good ones. Are yours from the grocery store or a bakery?

  35. Kylla says

    I tried it tonight and I love this recipe. All the different flavors made a really tasty sandwich. However, I used slivered almonds instead of pine nuts because of the expense.

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I have not tried a nut-free pesto. Please make the appropriate substitutions at your discretion to fit your dietary restrictions.

  36. Mary says

    Omg this is just as the Blogger states…Damn delicious!!!! Thank you and will definitely serve for friends again and again!!!

  37. Erica says

    I would love to print many of your recipes so that I may have them for later but the “Print” link seems to be broken and it wont let me copy and paste either. Is there anyway this could be fixed? Thanks!

    • Chungah says

      Internet Explorer has recently made some updates that are causing print problems. I recommend using a different browser, such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. But if you can only use Internet Explore, you can highlight the recipe, left-click, and print from there. Easy peasy!

  38. Alison says

    I just made this and it was absolutely delicious! I used store bought pesto because I was in a hurry and it still tasted amazing. I can’t wait to try it with home made pesto. I love pesto chicken but with the yogurt it made it so creamy. Huge hit with my family.

  39. Lindsay says

    I’ve never made pesto before, so I’m not sure if it’s possible, but can the pine nuts be removed from the recipe? I’m probably not familiar with the recipes since I have a tree nut allergy…Would love some feedback! Thanks!

  40. Maisa says

    This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it out :)
    Would you say that this could be made ahead (the morning of/night before) for a picnic or something of the like?

  41. says

    This looks amazing! Definitely making this tonight! I have been making tons of pesto recipes for my blog and this is going on this list.

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