Sundays for me are usually days of rest at home. I want to relax and do as little as possible. However, for dinner I always crave something delicious and comforting. The kind of meal that would require hours of prep and cooking. That’s why I like to cook up something quick and easy, but also something that will fully satisfy my need for an effortless delicious meal. In this case it’s a grilled chicken sandwich with pesto. The secret? The bread and cheese! (My two best buds!)
Let me start by telling you about the bread. In order for this to be satisfying, the bread has to be fresh. I’m going to tell you how I accomplish this without running to the bakery on my lazy day. I like to buy the half-baked ciabatta rolls or baguette that Trader Joe’s carries. I store these in the freezer when I buy them until I am ready to have fresh bread. It takes about 10-15 min to finish them off and you have crispy, fresh bread to give this sandwich the ultimate fresh bread bite experience (you all know what I’m talking about and yes I want to make sure you know that it really will taste like fresh bread!).
Before I move on to talk about the cheese, let me just say that I also love this sandwich without cheese. The thing about cheese though is that it adds comfort to anything. Ooh and that gooey-ness that comes from cheese is not to be compared. I used Brie this time around, but mozzarella, havarti or provolone are all wonderful choices. After you grill your chicken on a grill or pan, place over the pesto spread bread. Lay the cheese over the chicken and place in oven so the cheese melts. Once that cheese melts, assemble the sandwich.
Want to try? This is what I used and how I used it:
- TJ’s Half-Baked Ciabatta Rolls
- TJ’s Pesto Alla Genovese (spread 1 teaspoon on each side of the bread)
- Olive oil -optional (lightly sprinkle some over the pesto to keep it from tasting dry)
- Brie (but mozzarella, havarti or provolone all work great too!)
- Chicken Breast (filet in half or pound out so these are not too thick)
- Salt & Pepper (to season the chicken breasts)
- Tomato slices
- Basil leaves (you can chop or leave as full)
Let me know if you tried this or if you tried your own version!
Love my Basil!