Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken Sandwich

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    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

    This Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken Sandwich is FULL of flavor and richness!  
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 -4
    Calories: 546kcal
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    • 4 pieces chicken tenderloins, pounded out to thin, flat
    • 3/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 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


    • In two separate shallow containers, add the breadcrumbs to one container and whisk the eggs and buttermilk together in the other.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • In a small bowl, mix together softened goat cheese and basil pesto.
    • 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.
    • The warmth from the chicken cutlets should melt the goat cheese mixture and give it a nice creamy consistency.
    • Serve warm.


    Nutrition Facts
    Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken Sandwich
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 546 Calories from Fat 216
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 24g37%
    Carbohydrates 51g17%
    Fiber 3g12%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 36g72%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


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  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

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

  • Jaclyn says:

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

  • Sonia - L' Exquisit says:

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

  • Kate says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Joanne V. says:

    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 says:

      Thank you :)

  • Kim says:

    So I was reading this recipe not paying any attention to the blog and im like god this sounds amazing whos blog is this and I was definitely not surprised to see it was table for two. Your recipes always sound beyond amazing.

    • Julie says:

      Awww thanks so much Kim :) that was sweet!

  • Sara says:

    I made this for a drive-in movie/picnic date and they were perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe!


    • Julie says:

      Glad you enjoyed!! :)

  • Nestoras says:

    This sandwich is looking perfect. How much each chicken piece have to weight?

    • Julie says:

      I’m not sure, mine was about 1 pound in total.

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