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Cheesy Grilled Pesto Chicken and Sundried Tomato Sandwich

Turn on the grill & whip up this cheesy pesto chicken sandwich made with LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend!

If I could profess my love to melty, cheesy sandwiches, I totally would. I practically have a different sandwich a day at work because of the proliferous amount of sandwich shops near my office and now with food trucks taking over the city, there’s even more sandwich love to give! However, as much as I love eating sandwiches made by a café or food truck, I must say that making it at home is way better and I can control the toppings, the type of cheese I use, and basically every ingredient.

The one ingredient combo that I completely, utterly adore is pesto and sundried tomatoes. I don’t exactly know when this love affair started but I would try to figure out different ways to combine it in everything I ate: in pastas, in sandwiches, in cereal. Just kidding on that last one, but you see what I mean? Obsessed.

Turn on the grill & whip up this cheesy pesto chicken sandwich made with LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend!Land O’Lakes recently released a new, versatile deli cheese product: LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend . It has the sharp, bold flavor of natural cheddar, and melts smooth like American, so when I was coming up with an idea for a sandwich, pesto and sundried tomatoes came immediately to mind along with Sharp Cheddar American Blend. It was pretty much a no-brainer for me. I would’ve used a cheese that is typically paired with pesto and sundried tomato but why not use something bold and unique? It also melts SO well. I feel that is key to a warm sandwich – you can’t have cheese that is rock hard and so stiff that it doesn’t melt and give you that gooey effect. LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend? Winner in both taste and melt-ability!

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LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend has been a staple on our lunch sandwiches. I love the bold flavor of both the yellow and white but most importantly, the sharp taste is definitely not something to be missed. I LOVE a good SHARP cheddar and it’s typically what I always go for, and Sharp Cheddar American Blend is perfection. You know what else is perfection? How easy it is to get this in your own house.You can get LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend at the deli counter. Sharp Cheddar American Blend is available in yellow or white, and can be sliced just the way you like it: thick or thin, by the pound, or just a few slices at a time.

Turn on the grill & whip up this cheesy pesto chicken sandwich made with LAND O LAKES® Sharp Cheddar American Blend!

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Cheesy Grilled Pesto Chicken and Sundried Tomato Sandwich
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup of basil pesto (homemade or store-bought), divided
  • 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 4 slices of Land O Lakes Sharp Cheddar American Blend
  • 4 slices of bread
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your grill on high.
  2. Using ¼ cup of basil pesto, brush chicken breasts with pesto.
  3. Grill the chicken breasts until cooked through (the insides reaching 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Before you bring the chicken inside, place 2 slices of cheese on each chicken breast and close the lid of the grill to let it melt.
  4. To assemble the sandwich: place one chicken breast on one slice of bread, top with bit of the remaining basil pesto then top with 1 tablespoon of sundried tomatoes. Place the other slice of bread on top. Repeat with the other sandwich.

I have partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Sharp Cheddar American Blend. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands I love so I can continue to bring you unique and delicious recipes!

29 COMMENTS

  1. 08/01/2014 at 8:15 am

    Hello gorgeous sandwich! I think I could even devour this for breakfast – yum! I love the pesto on top. Happy Friday. :)

  2. 08/01/2014 at 8:19 am

    Oh my gosh, this sandwich look incredible! I am all about melty cheese and these summer flavors!

  3. 08/01/2014 at 8:32 am

    Um, so this sandwich, I would marry it if I wasn’t already hitched.
    Maybe I could just run away with it and elope, and not tell my husband?
    That melty cheese is causing my brain to think of crazy things. Pinned!

    • Julie
      08/01/2014 at 8:44 am

      I won’t tell if you don’t tell ;) the melty cheese is worth running away with, hehe..thank you lady!!

  4. 08/01/2014 at 9:13 am

    Loooove Land O Lakes, this cheesy sandwich looks to die for! xo

  5. 08/01/2014 at 9:27 am

    I want this for lunch!

  6. 08/01/2014 at 10:52 am

    i would love a panini press.

  7. 08/01/2014 at 11:36 am

    oh Julie- if I could, I would live on Grilled cheese. This one looks amazing!

  8. 08/01/2014 at 2:13 pm

    This is an awesome idea. Pesto and cheese = heaven!

  9. 08/01/2014 at 4:29 pm

    Yes please to pesto and sundried tomatoes, sandwich perfection!

  10. 08/01/2014 at 5:12 pm

    Totally my kind of sandwich!

  11. 08/01/2014 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful idea. I love pest and I love sun-dried tomatoes. The two together with grilled chicken and melty cheese really gets my saliva going. Must try this tomorrow!

  12. 08/01/2014 at 8:37 pm

    Oops! I meant I love pesto! LOL!

  13. 08/01/2014 at 10:31 pm

    Incredibly delicious!

  14. Carmen
    08/02/2014 at 1:43 am

    I can’t find the recipe for this sandwich. Could you post it. Went to the land o lakes site and searched and said no results.

    • Julie
      08/02/2014 at 8:39 am

      Sorry, completely slipped my mind, Carmen! It’s posted now.

  15. 08/02/2014 at 4:59 am

    Oh yum!! This sandwich looks ah-mazing! I have been having the biggest craving for the sundried tomato & pest combo too. Perfect!

  16. 08/02/2014 at 7:15 am

    Oh MY! I want one of these for breakfast!!

  17. 08/02/2014 at 7:52 am

    Julie this looks amazing! I was just thinking I’d make chicken sandwiches today and then you come up with this totally amazing recipe! Great minds think alike girl!

  18. 08/02/2014 at 8:42 am

    Oh my!!! That melty oozy cheese is seriously calling my name! Swap out the tomatoes with bacon and I’d be in heaven ;)

  19. 08/02/2014 at 9:27 am

    Oh my gosh I want this Sandwich right now. For breakfast!!!

  20. 08/02/2014 at 2:22 pm

    This sandwich looks so yummy! I have been eating so much pesto lately…yum! :)

  21. 08/03/2014 at 4:01 pm

    This looks dreamy!

  22. 08/03/2014 at 11:43 pm

    This sandwich looks amazing! LOVE that combo of sundried tomatoes and pesto. I want it now! :)

  23. 08/04/2014 at 6:51 am

    You said if you could, you would, but you did and you SHOULD. Because melted cheese is always winning, and so is this sandwich.

  24. Veronica
    08/04/2014 at 7:59 pm

    OMG! I made this tonight and my husband and I devoured them! I had to substitute provolone because we didn’t have cheddar but it was still delicious! This one’s a keeper

    • Julie
      08/05/2014 at 7:24 am

      I’m so glad you and your husband loved it!

  25. It looks sooo good, just perfect. I’m making it!

  26. 08/08/2014 at 3:09 pm

    Looks great!

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