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This flavorful recipe combines grilled chicken with warm bread and our delicious Rustic Basil Pesto for a dish you can enjoy all year-round. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is combined with a portion of pesto, salt, and pepper to taste and then seared to perfection. The remaining pesto is spread on a warm, toasted ciabatta roll and then assembled with fresh mozzarella cheese, arugula, tomato, and chicken.

High-quality, fragrant Italian basil is combined with freshly grated Italian cheeses to create Barilla’s Rustic Basil Pesto sauce. It’s the perfect addition to a variety of dishes, including veggies, fish, pizza, and sandwiches.

Ingredients 7 Servings

  • 1 jar Barilla® Rustic Basil Pesto, divided
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, sliced open
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese (8 oz. ball)
  • 4 boneless skinless Chicken breast, small (4 oz. each)
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 plum tomato, 8 slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium heat.  
  • Toss chicken with ½ pesto, salt, and pepper to taste.  
  • Grill chicken until fully cooked (approximately 6-7 min. per side).  
  • Place olive oil on inside of the bread. Grill bread until toasted (approximately 10 seconds).
  • Remove bread from the grill, spread remaining pesto onto grilled side of the bread.  
  • Assemble sandwich layering 2 slices of cheese, arugula, 2 slices of tomato, chicken, and bread.
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