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Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Photographing food is one of my passions. That might sound weird to people but it’s what I love to do. I love making people drool through just a photograph. I love the emotion it evokes or the memories it stirs up. The one type of food that I find most challenging for me to photograph are sandwiches. I can’t EVER get them to look good no matter what I do! It’s a technique I definitely have not picked up yet. I try to mimic others’ sandwich photography or try to look at what I’m doing wrong and what others are doing to get that eye-popping sandwich. It’s definitely something I struggle with but hopefully I can get better with more practice. I guess I have a lot of sandwiches to make, huh?

So, there’s a bunch of good movies coming out this summer. I’m most excited for The Great Gatsby on May 10th and Iron Man 3 on May 3rd. Let’s talk about how much I love The Great Gatsby. I was never much of a reader in high school, or much of a reader, period. I was always procrastinating reading the novels that teachers would assign us. I never was into them and I never comprehended them well. Until we were given The Great Gatsby. I fell in love with that book. I was fully immersed in it and although our teacher made us study in between the lines to figure out the meanings behind everything, I still loved it. I think I aced every comprehension test that was on The Great Gatsby because I actually read it and was so into it. We watched the original film in high school but man, when I heard they were remaking this – I was stoked. I think Leo is such a great actor. He portrays characters so well. I can’t wait to see it :) Oh, and let’s talk about how I’m likely going to buy the soundtrack and replay it over and over again.

This sandwich was inspired by Taylor Gourmet‘s South Street sandwich. Taylor Gourmet is Jason and I’s favorite sandwich place in the city. It’s really unique sandwiches/hoagies and they’re so good. If you’re ever in DC, I highly recommend making a pitstop there. They’ve really expanded, too, with opening one really close to where we live. Pretty dangerous. There’s a Target right across the street from it too. I mean, could that be any more of a trap? Eat and then shop. Oh boy. So anyway, when we went to Taylor’s a few months ago, our friend ordered the South Street and we had a bite of it and it was so good. I knew I had to recreate it at home. It’s fairly easy to put together and it’s full of flavor and richness. I love the goat cheese pesto. It’s creamy and gives the sandwich a well-rounded taste.

Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken Sandwich
Recipe type: Main Entree, Chicken, Sandwich
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Serves: 2-4
  • 4 chicken tenderloins, pounded out to thin, flat pieces
  • ¾ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp. basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • Large loaf of bread, cut in half then half again lengthwise for two sub rolls
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. In two separate shallow containers, add the breadcrumbs to one container and whisk the eggs and buttermilk together in the other.
  2. Take a piece of the flattened chicken tenderloin and dip both sides in the egg/milk mixture, then cover in breadcrumbs. Shake to remove the excess. Repeat until all the chicken pieces have been covered in breadcrumbs.
  3. In a large skillet, over medium high, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil in the skillet then place two chicken pieces into the skillet. Let it get nice and brown on one side before flipping, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Repeat with the other two chicken pieces and 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together softened goat cheese and basil pesto.
  5. Using a knife, spread half of the goat cheese pesto mixture onto one side of the bread then place two chicken cutlets onto the other side of the bread. Press both sides together and cut in half. Repeat with the other chicken cutlets and bread.
  6. The warmth from the chicken cutlets should melt the goat cheese mixture and give it a nice creamy consistency.
  7. Serve warm.



  1. 04/05/2013 at 6:56 am

    I think you did a pretty awesome job with these photographs – my mouth is totally watering just thinking about this sandwich!

  2. 04/05/2013 at 8:23 am

    Uh, I think this picture looks pretty darn tasty-it caught MY eye! Pesto and goat cheese are two things that I could with a spoon! Wonderful combination for a sandwich.

  3. 04/05/2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m OBSESSED with Great Gatsby too! We should re-read the book before the movie and geek out! :)

    I think your sandwiches look great! I drooled!

  4. 04/05/2013 at 8:39 am

    I think your sandwich photo looks great! You totally have me wanting to make this sandwich for lunch!

  5. 04/05/2013 at 8:50 am

    Sandwiches are SO tough to photograph. These do look amazing though. Goat cheese + pesto = big winner in my book!

  6. 04/05/2013 at 8:54 am

    This seals the deal… I’m moving in. ;)

  7. 04/05/2013 at 8:56 am

    I think all of your photos are outstanding! And this sandwich made me drool. I love pesto & goat cheese. Sounds great together in this sandwich!

  8. 04/05/2013 at 9:09 am

    This might just be my dream sandwich! Yum! xoxo

  9. 04/05/2013 at 9:10 am

    I love me a good sammich!! This has it goin’ ON!

  10. 04/05/2013 at 9:10 am

    Oh how I loved The Great Gatsby! I’m nervous about the movie. Awesome book movies make me worry. Anyway– I think these sandwich photos are THE BOMB. I mean it. Clicked through from Facebook, pinned, read, left this comment. Love these sandwiches! Those photos did the trick!

  11. 04/05/2013 at 9:15 am

    Ohhh my goodness that looks amazing! You did a great job photographing it Julie!

  12. 04/05/2013 at 9:15 am

    This sandwich looks awesome and sound even better!
    Your photos are beautiful, but I struggle with sandwiches to! Why are they so hard!?

  13. 04/05/2013 at 9:27 am

    OMG. I die for goat cheese and when you put it on a sandwich it is heavenly!! I think photographing sandwiches are very hard too- that and cake.

  14. 04/05/2013 at 9:28 am

    Oh this sounds SO good. It’s 9:30 AM and it sounds amazing to me right now- is that weird? Haha.

    I also am excited for those summer movies! Gatsby!!

  15. 04/05/2013 at 9:54 am

    Sandwiches ARE hard to photograph. I think you made these look great though!!!

    LOVE all of those ingredients. And can’t wait for Gatsby!

  16. 04/05/2013 at 10:05 am

    Oh man this sandwich looks heavenly! I love everything about it including the cute toothpicks!

  17. 04/05/2013 at 10:15 am

    I think you do a great job at photographing them! I would love to have one of these for lunch today!

  18. 04/05/2013 at 10:17 am

    I hate to tell you, but your pics are downright devour worthy. I love getting inspiration from my favorite eateries and making them my own too. PS., loved the instagram of you as an 8 year old, you haven’t changed much, minus the dress :)

    • 04/05/2013 at 10:53 am

      Oh gosh, Heidi. That is such a compliment coming from you! Your photos are gorgeous and always an inspiration! Thank you :) haha, that dress was a stunner!

  19. 04/05/2013 at 10:24 am

    This looks scrumptious, and how in the heck did I not know that The Great Gatsby is coming out?! SO EXCITED!!

  20. 04/05/2013 at 10:55 am

    I just ate breakfast; it’s not yet 8 am, and I want this sandwich! Great photos, and great recipe.

  21. 04/05/2013 at 11:03 am

    Looks like you’re doing an amazing job photographing sandwiches! -Made me want it for lunch!
    LOVE Great Gatsby too!

  22. 04/05/2013 at 11:16 am

    What a tasty sandwich! I am looking forward to all of that fresh basil this summer!

  23. 04/05/2013 at 11:22 am

    One of my favorite trios: chevre, chicken and pesto. What a crazy good looking sandwich!

  24. 04/05/2013 at 11:22 am

    I love chicken with pesto ~ how smart & tasty to put them in this sandwich!

  25. 04/05/2013 at 11:42 am

    I see no problem with these sandwich photos — this looks freaking amazing! I would love to have one for lunch today, actually :)

  26. 04/05/2013 at 11:50 am

    Great photo of your great looking sandwich! Now I’m starving….

  27. 04/05/2013 at 12:10 pm

    Love the pesto on this sandwich!

  28. 04/05/2013 at 12:24 pm

    I think your sandwich photos are great! I am starving and totally drooling for a sandwich now!

  29. 04/05/2013 at 3:23 pm

    I think these sandwiches look amazing! Perfect lunch a weekend afternoon. Yum!

  30. 04/05/2013 at 3:29 pm

    My last post I talked about my struggles with photographing cookies so I can relate to your sandwich issues!! ha ha! This looks amazing – when I was preggo with kid #1 and still working full time at one Hospital in Portland, Oregon the cafeteria had surprisingly good food and I always got their pesto chicken sandwich. SO GOOD. But yours with goat cheese? I die. So making this asap!! (your pics look perfect by the way)

  31. 04/05/2013 at 4:22 pm

    I love myself a good sandwich (…and pasta, noodles, pizza, cake, okay…there is a long list)! This looks delicious!

  32. 04/05/2013 at 5:39 pm

    Looks pretty perfect to me! This is everything I love!

  33. 04/05/2013 at 9:11 pm

    Okay seriously, freaking loved that book so much and I’m ridiculously excited for the movie. Yeah. Oh and there is this area semi near us that we use to go to all of the time pre-kids, I called this one house the gatsby house and really really want to win the lottery and buy it some day.

  34. 04/06/2013 at 12:55 am

    Gatsby is one of my all time favorite books, and I too fell in love with it in high school, though reading novels was pretty much the only homework I eve did willingly. Fitzgerald is brilliant. I just heard about a new book based on the relationship between Scott and Zelda, and I can’t wait to read it. Also, this sandwich looks brilliant. And, on another literary note, eating goat cheese now makes me fee like Katnis Everdeen.

  35. 04/06/2013 at 1:36 am

    This is TOTALLY my kind of sandwich! And for the record…your pics are awesome ;)

  36. Mmm you photographed this sandwich quite well if you ask me! I am drooling!! I love pesto and have a had a similar sandwich years ago! Now I can make it at home! Perfect :)

  37. 04/06/2013 at 3:07 pm

    The movie I’m most anticipating this summer is “Now You See Me”. Have you seen the trailer? Can’t wait!!

    I love that you re-created this sandwich. Keep re-creating anything you can from D.C. because here in Mississippi, we don’t really have many good food places! I’ll have to rely on your copy-cat recipes. :)

  38. 04/06/2013 at 7:14 pm

    I’m not a huge sandwich person but I could get into this! You can’t go wrong with pesto and goat cheese.

  39. 04/07/2013 at 12:33 am

    Holy moly, this combination sounds like heaven. I’d love to try this soon.

  40. 04/07/2013 at 1:27 am

    Girl, I don’t know what you are talking about, these pictures are good! But I do know what you mean, sandwiches can be tough! This sandwich looks so fantastic though! Pesto and goat cheese are a glorious combo!

  41. Marisa
    04/07/2013 at 7:53 am

    Great photos and recipe !

  42. 04/07/2013 at 12:50 pm

    These sandwiches look soo yummy! And I totally understand the difficulty of photographing them. I think I only tried taking IG pictures of sandwiches. But am always surprised how my awesome sandwich doesn’t look so great on the photo.

  43. 04/07/2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m excited for The Great Gatsby too, love me some Leo :) I’m looking forward to The Hangover 3 too, we’re obsessed with those movies! Your sandwich looks amazing, I think you did a great job photographing it!

  44. 04/07/2013 at 7:11 pm

    Yum! Your sandwich looks and sounds so delicious!

  45. 04/07/2013 at 10:36 pm

    Lovely sandwich! Glad to have discovered your blog!

  46. 04/08/2013 at 8:56 am

    Goat cheese, pesto and chicken – I have to try that combo!

  47. Pam
    04/08/2013 at 9:11 am

    I made this, and it was delicious! Super easy too :-)

  48. I am SOOOO excited for The Great Gatsby! I seriously can’t wait to see it! I loved the book and from what I’ve seen on the trailers, the movie should be good too!

    And sandwiches are extremely hard for me to photograph too – not sure what it is! But your pictures look gorgeous, I don’t think you have much to worry about!

  49. 04/09/2013 at 8:55 pm

    I’m super excited for Great Gatsby, too. I’m rereading it right now. I want to finish the book again before I see the movie.

  50. 04/09/2013 at 11:25 pm

    OMG, What?! This sandwich looks out-of-control delish, Julie!

  51. 04/10/2013 at 8:26 pm

    These sandwiches look seriously fantastic girl, and your photos are oh-so stunning! But why not make more sandwiches to practice ;)

  52. 04/16/2013 at 1:50 am

    You’re photography is amazing! I love the close ups. Your blog always makes me hungry!

  53. 07/02/2013 at 2:07 pm

    I made this sandwich and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  54. Kate
    08/09/2013 at 11:21 am

    Delicious and simple! I used grilled chicken and it was still delicious.

    • 08/09/2013 at 1:42 pm

      Great! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming back to let me know!

  55. Joanne V.
    08/23/2014 at 10:34 pm

    Well Julie….I think your sandwich pictures are beautiful! They definitely made me want to try this delicious looking sandwich! Keep up the good work…can’t wait to try it! :)

    • Julie
      08/25/2014 at 7:59 am

      Thank you :)


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