Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated in cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic, and parsley, then skewered and grilled, placed on a bun with melted mozzarella cheese and topped with tomato slices. They are flavorful and delicious!

If you recall, last winter, I received a really nice grilling cookbook as a “Thank You” gift from Weber Grills, for submitting a photo to them that now appears on their website.  David and I have been trying new recipes from the cookbook.

I was inspired by one of the recipes called “Cilantro Pesto Chicken Tenders”. A few weeks ago, on a dreary Wednesday evening David and I adapted and made Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches. Here’s how we made them:

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic and parsley, on a bun. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Make the Pesto:

In a food processor, finely chop the pine nuts and garlic. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the cilantro, parsley, and season with salt, and pepper, to taste; process until finely minced.

With the motor running, slowing add the oil to create a smooth purée.

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic and parsley, on a bun. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Place the chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and add the marinade.

Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn and shake the bag to distribute the marinade onto the chicken before placing the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours*. 

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic and parsley, on a bun. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Remove the chicken from the bag and thread onto skewers. 

Grill over direct high heat until the meat is firm and the juices run clear, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once.

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic and parsley, on a bun. | TheMountainKitchen.com
 
Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic and parsley, on a bun. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Cut buns in half. Lay on a baking sheet and top the inside of the bun with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. 

Bake buns in a 375 degree F oven, until the bread is lightly browned and the cheese has melted and bubbling.

Once the buns are done, top with a slice of the grilled pesto chicken and fresh tomato and serve.

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic and parsley, on a bun. | TheMountainKitchen.com

The weather was dreary and cool for grilling that evening, but it was well worth it. This sandwich was pretty good.

Thanks for the inspiration, Weber!

*NOTE: Our plans changed before we could grill. The chicken marinated in the refrigerator for two days. Thankfully, it did not over-power the chicken. Feel free to marinate as long as you need.

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches are made with chicken marinated and grilled with a cilantro pesto with pine nuts, garlic, and parsley, on a bun.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Cilantro, Cilantro Pesto, grilled
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 445kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cilantro loosely packed, leaves and tender stems
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley loosely packed, leaves and tender stems
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast thin sliced
  • wooden skewers soaked for grilling
  • 6 sandwich buns
  • tomato slices (optional)
  • mozzarella cheese sliced or shredded (optional)
  • parmesan cheese freshly grated (optional)

Instructions

PESTO

  • In a food processor, finely chop the pine nuts and garlic. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the cilantro, parsley, salt, and pepper and process until finely chopped.
  • With the motor running, slowing add the oil to create a smooth purée.

Chicken

  • Place the chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and add the marinade.Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn and shake the bag to distribute the marinade onto the chicken before placing the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours*.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and thread onto skewers.Grill over direct high heat until the meat is firm and the juices run clear, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once.

Sandwiches

  • Cut buns in half. Lay on a baking sheet and top the inside of the bun with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake buns in a 375 degree F oven, until the bread is lightly browned and the cheese has melted and bubbling.
  • Once the buns are done, top with chicken slices and fresh tomato and serve.

Notes

Calories are based on the grilled chicken with a bun only, without optional toppings. Please visit our Policies and Disclaimers page for information about nutrition.
Adapted from Weber Grills' New Real Grilling Cookbook

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg
Did you try this recipe? Tell us what you think!Give this recipe a star rating, leave a comment below and share pictures of your food with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! We can't wait to see them! Don't forget to mention @TheMountainKitchen or tag #TheMountainKitchen!
The Mountain Kitchen
Follow me


7 thoughts on “Grilled Cilantro Pesto Chicken Sandwiches”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Want FREE Recipes?

Join our mailing list to receive the latest recipes!

Subscription Options

You have Successfully Subscribed!