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MEGA Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese

May 15, 2018 (Last Updated: March 11, 2019)

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese is the ULTIMATE grilled cheese combo. Juicy chicken wrapped in a homemade basil pesto, paired with sun dried tomatoes and stringy mozzarella – the perfect lunch ready and waiting!

I know I said this about my cranberry bacon brie grilled cheese, but this is not a drill. I have officially found the greatest grilled cheese combo. Chicken – pesto – mozzarella – sun dried tomato – gimme. Just look at that cheesy goodness..

4 slices of Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese stacked on eachother garnished with arugula and pinenuts

This recipe came about through a grilled cheese craving (always) and a rummage through the fridge to use up leftovers.

Voila, the most convenient grilled cheese you’ll ever make.

I actually had some shredded rotisserie chicken leftover from those buffalo chicken wraps I made the other day. That alongside the jar of homemade basil pesto I’ve always got lurking in the fridge, I knew I was on to something great.

Step one – chicken pesto.

shredded rotisserie chicken with pesto

When it came to the cheese, it totally had to be mozzarella.

Besides the fact it gives the perfect ‘cheese pull effect’, it actually partners with pesto really neatly for a couple of different reasons.

Firstly, unlike many different cheeses, when it’s heated it doesn’t produce a huge amount of oil. Pesto itself is already incredibly oily, so to prevent the grilled cheese turning into a brick of oil, mozzarella was the most sensible choice.

Secondly, it has quite a subtle flavour. I really wanted the flavour of the pesto to shine through, so it was important not to overshadow it with a strong tasting cheese.

The sun dried tomatoes also made perfect sense with the pesto. And again for me, someone who always has a jar of sun dried tomatoes that need using up, were incredibly convenient to use too!

From there it was just a case of chucking it all together!

How to make a chicken pesto grilled cheese guidance photos

How to make a Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese

  1. Butter one side of each of your slices of bread and place butter side down on a pan, with the heat off.
  2. Top with mozzarella, followed by your chicken pesto, topped with sun dried tomatoes, followed by more mozzarella and finished with a second slice of bread. Butter the top and turn on to a medium heat.
  3. Fry until golden brown then flip. Cook until the cheese just begins to leak out the sides.

A chicken pesto grilled cheese is the perfect way to use up some leftovers and build the most delicious lunch in the process. Quick to make and packed full of flavour, this grilled cheese recipe is an absolute must!

Okay my belly is rumbling all over again, let’s get a move on.

Grilled cheese open with cheese pull and sun dried tomatoes showing

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How to make a Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese (Full Recipe & Video)

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese

MEGA Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese is the ULTIMATE grilled cheese combo. Juicy chicken wrapped in a homemade basil pesto, paired with sun dried tomatoes and stringy mozzarella - the perfect lunch ready and waiting!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Brunch, Leftovers, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 726kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Thick Slices of Bread
  • 1 packed cups / ~250g Shredded Chicken
  • 1/2 cup / 75g Basil Pesto
  • 1.5 cups / 150g Mozzarella, shredded
  • 8-12 Sun Dried Tomatoes (patted dry if necessary)
  • 4 spreads of Butter

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine your chicken and pesto. Place to one side.
  • Place two slices of bread in a pan with the heat OFF. Spread with butter then flip over so both are butter side down.
  • Spread half your mozzarella, top with chicken pesto, then with your sun dried tomatoes, followed by the other half of your mozzarella, finished with a slice of bread. Spread butter on top and turn on the heat to a medium.
  • Fry each side until golden and crispy. The centre should be hot and the mozzarella should just begin to leak out the sides.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

a) Size and filling -ย These measurements are based on large thick slices of bread. Hence the 'mega' chicken pesto grilled cheese. Adjust accordingly if you are using regular sized bread or want a smaller portion.
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b) Basil Pesto -ย Check out my homemade pesto recipe!
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c) Sun Dried Tomato Oil - If you are using sun dried tomatoes that have been marinated in oil, it's important to remove as much of the oil as possible. Pesto is already quite an oily ingredient, so you don't want any extra added! Having said that, I wouldn't recommend washing them, just pat them dry. You want to keep some of the flavour.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
MEGA Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 726 Calories from Fat 401
% Daily Value*
Fat 44.5g68%
Saturated Fat 10.1g51%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 23.8g
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 1432mg60%
Potassium 657mg19%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 7.6g30%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 2850IU57%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 1150mg115%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Stine Mari
    May 16, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    As I scrolled down I noticed my mouth watering. Would totally eat this one right now.

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Haha! Literally the story of my life!!

  • Reply
    Karly
    May 16, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    This is a grown up grill cheese if I ever saw one! I need this in my life!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Totally a grown up grilled cheese! You gotta try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Sandi
    May 16, 2018 at 4:05 am

    5 stars
    That sandwich looks crazy good with all of that melty cheese.

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 16, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Allllll about the melty cheese! Thanks, Sandi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Jessica Robinson
    May 16, 2018 at 2:50 am

    5 stars
    Gotta LOVE a gooey and delicious grilled cheese like this one. OH my goodness, does this look so yummy!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Thanks Jessica! So much yum!!

  • Reply
    camila hurst
    May 16, 2018 at 2:07 am

    5 stars
    Your photos are amazing! This sandwich looks delicious!! I also loved the recipe you included at the end of the page, the brie, bacon and cranberry melt!! Im gonna check it out right now!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Ahh thank you Camila! The brie bacon cranberry one is pretty awesome too (am I allowed to say that!? )

  • Reply
    Kristine
    May 15, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    5 stars
    Dang! This sandwich looks freaking incredible. Stunning photos too! I’m a huge fan of pesto on grilled sandwiches, totally going to make this for dinner one night, haha! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 16, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Thank you so much, Kristine! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Ellen
    May 15, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I always have shredded chicken in my fridge. This will be a perfect weekend lunch.

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 16, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Such a good way to use up leftover chicken! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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