A Picnic Favorite: Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Sandwiches are the perfect picnic or summer get-together solution.  They are easy to make in advance and they travel well.  One of my all-time favorite sandwiches is the pesto chicken sandwich. Stacked with lots of flavor and textures, it actually gets better as the day goes on.

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To make 4 Sandwiches:
1 Ciabatta loaf
1 cup basil pesto (homemade preferably)
Burrata cheese (1 ball split open)
1/3 cup cream cheese
1 roasted red bell pepper (jar or fresh), sliced
Fresh basil leaves
2 breasts of chicken (from whole rotisserie chicken), sliced thin
5 slices or more of prosciutto
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Optional:  tomato slices and arugula

Directions:
Split bread in half lengthwise.  Generously coat the chicken in pesto and arrange onto bottom piece of bread.  Spread burrata and cream cheese onto bread halves. Drizzle both halves with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a layer of the rest of the ingredients.  Assemble* and slice.

*The picture shows how I assembled two sides (for photo purposes only).  The BETTER way to assemble is to place all ingredients on the bottom loaf, spread the cream cheese on the top loaf, then slap it together!

chicken pesto sandwich

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