Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

This ooey, gooey Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese was a heavenly meal that got rave reviews from the pickiest husband around! Thanks to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring this post. See details below.

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese | An over the top grilled cheese sandwich

Grilled Cheese = Comfort Food

Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese? It’s my go-to dinner when Bill is out of town, though hardly gourmet as it’s usually just a grainy bread and cheddar cheese. When we visited my high school friend in LA after Christmas, she pulled out her panini maker and treated us to a lunch of pesto, chicken and Gruyere sandwiches. The whole family gobbled them down. I knew it was a winning combination with my first bite.

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese | An over the top grilled cheese sandwich

A Couple of Tweaks

I wanted to recreate those marvelous upscale grilled cheese sandwiches we ate with such abandon. Plus I couldn’t resist giving them my own twist. I added some Monterey Jack to the Gruyere plus roasted bell pepper slices  for a pop of color. Having no panini maker, I dug out my grill pan and impatiently waited for the cheeses to melt. Boy was the aroma intoxicating as the pesto warmed and the cheese oozed. The hubby asked for an encore, a sure sign of a home run.

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese | An over the top grilled cheese sandwich

 Wine Pairings for National Grilled Cheese Month

Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Such a wonderful excuse to make loads of gooey, toasted, cheesy sandwiches. The options are endless and the Sunday Supper crew has some terrific recipes to share. You probably know how well wine pairs with cheeses, so extend that to include grilled cheese sandwiches.

I selected Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio to accompany my spectacular chicken pesto version. I adore the fruity undertones of this varietal, and Gallo’s Pinot Grigio has hints of citrus, tart apple and white peaches. Besides grilled cheese, this wine is lovely with salads, rich seafood, grilled poultry, and dishes featuring acidic ingredients like lemon and tomatoes.

For the red wine lovers in your house, Gallo’s Pinot Noir is another winner. I enjoy its berry nuances and subtle earthy flavors which pair well with roast chicken (it would also be perfectly delightful with my chicken grilled cheese), meaty fish and mushrooms. A medium bodied dry wine with a smooth finish, it’s a terrific red to have on hand for that unexpected company.

 

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Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper
 
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For each sandwich: Two slices hearty bread Butter, at room temperature ½-1 teaspoon prepared or homemade pesto (depending on size of bread slices) ¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese Shredded or sliced cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken is a terrific shortcut) 1-2 slices of roasted red bell pepper, optional Butter one slice of bread and place it butter side down on a grill pan or saute pan. Spread pesto over other side, then layer with cheeses, chicken, and peppers, if using. Butter the second slice of bread and top the sandwich with the butter side up. Cook over medium heat till bottom slice of bread is browned and cheese is beginning to melt. Carefully flip and cook till the second side is browned and cheese is completely melted, adjusting burner temperature as needed. Slice in half and serve with your favorite Gallo wine.
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Recipe type: Entree, Sandwich
Serves: 1 sandwich
Ingredients
For each sandwich:
  • Two slices hearty bread
  • Butter, at room temperature
  • About 1-2 teaspoons prepared or homemade pesto (more or less) depending on size of bread slices)
  • ¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Shredded or sliced cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken is a terrific shortcut)
  • 1-2 slices of roasted red bell pepper, optional
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Butter one slice of bread and place it butter side down on a grill pan or saute pan. Spread pesto over other side, then layer with cheeses, chicken (sprinkled with salt and pepper to taste), and peppers, if using. Butter the second slice of bread and top the sandwich with the butter side up.
  2. Cook over medium heat till bottom slice of bread is browned and cheese is beginning to melt. Carefully flip and cook till the second side is browned and cheese is completely melted, adjusting burner temperature as needed.
  3. Slice in half and serve with your favorite Gallo wine.

More Grilled Cheese Recipes/Wine Pairings from My Sunday Supper Friends:

Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese | An over the top grilled cheese sandwich

And you might like to take a gander at this Mediterranean Grilled Cheese that I whipped up for last year’s grilled cheese month!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

Comments

  1. Liz, you had me at pesto! I love this collection of grilled cheese recipes. I am inspired by this week’s #SundaySupper.

  2. That’s my kind of sandwich! Delicious!

  3. Oh yummmm! I can see why this is a favorite at your home. Who can say no to ooey gooey chicken pesto grilled cheese? And with red wine? It’s a winner!

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sounds great Liz! Basil seems to be the buzz word this weekend, I’ve been running into it (and it’s great fragrance) everywhere:@)

  5. I just planted a bunch of basil and this will be one of the things I make with the pesto.

  6. Comfort food at it’s best …. and oh, the wine!!!!

  7. What a nice sandwich.. chicken and pesto! Must be really delicious.

  8. I like any grilled cheese, but with pesto and chicken sounds awesome! Good pairing, too. I have a pinot gris on tap for a pesto dish tonight.

  9. Liz, this is the perfect grilled cheese!! love those grill marks! and Gruyere and Monterey Jack cheese?! love this!!!

  10. I love grilled cheese sandwiches.I love the pesto and chicken, such a great combination.

  11. Girl, this is one good lookin’ sammie. Pass that plate. Pinned.

  12. I have seen Pesto sandwiches on menus, but A) Have never ordered and B)I need to make one!! I love this combo!

  13. What a delicious looking grilled cheese and the pinot gri definitely complements it.

  14. Anything with pesto on it is a win!! Love this flavor combo, Liz, and your pics are beautiful!

  15. I just love chicken pesto! What a great combination and a beautiful sandwich!

  16. WOW does that look good Liz!! I can see why the hubs loved it so much 🙂

  17. Sounds like a delicious sandwich! Love how you captured the melty cheese 🙂

  18. Those are great grill marks! Sounds delicious, and the red pepper looks like a nice addition.

  19. I love grilled cheese. If I went out to lunch and this sandwich was on the menu, I would definitely buy it! Grilled pesto chicken? Yes please!

  20. Yes I love these flavors and textures. This is a memorable grilled cheese sammy. GREG

  21. Wonderfully made my friend. I could devour few for sure… Yummy recipe!!!

  22. I love this grilled cheese, the pesto is fabulous!

  23. My hubby would adore this as well! Me too!

  24. I love the flavor combination you have going on here…so tasty!!

  25. Grilled cheese and wine? Looks like a great match to me.

  26. This is just incredible!

  27. Lizzy,
    This is definitely an upscale grilled cheese. Given Bill’s hearty endorsement, you can’t go wrong. I love Pinot Grigio.
    Annamaria

  28. Grilled Cheese perfection!

  29. There is nothing better than a really good grilled cheese sandwich. We love to put pesto in our panini, too!

  30. Looks perfect, and there is nothing better than having a glass of Pinot Grigio for lunch!!

  31. So cruel ! Looking your stunning sandwich before dinner is so cruel ! I would like taste it right now !!

  32. This sandwich looks so yummy! I would love one for a late lunch right now 🙂

  33. I love this chicken pesto grilled cheese sandwich! Way to take grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level. And the pairing of Gallo Pinot Girgio is perfect!

  34. Gruyere AND Monterey Jack in these? That’s like the perfect combo of melty deliciousness!

  35. I love pesto…and chicken…and grilled cheese! AND I just got a panini press (/griddle/grill/waffle maker) for my bridal shower SO I must make this!

  36. YES! Grilled cheese IS the ultimate comfort food! Love it!

  37. I love the sound of a chicken and grilled cheese sandwich with a chilled glass of white. Great Sunday Supper!

  38. ChopinandMysaucepan says:

    Dear Liz,

    When there is gooey melting cheese in a sandwich, I am sold. And Pinot Gris is definitely gaining popularity here in Australia as everyone has gone of Sauvignon Blanc.

  39. Mmmm! I’m going to try this on the grill!

  40. This is a winner all the way around for me down to the wine pairing! Yum!

  41. Gruyere and Monterey Jack are about the best white cheeses in the world! Great choices for a gorgeous grilled cheese sandwich =) And wonderful choice of beverage, too =)

  42. this sounds amazing…and the pesto just takes it over the top! YUM!

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