Saturday, July 2, 2016

Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches for National Picnic Month

Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches - A delicious alternative to the traditional chicken salad and the perfect sandwich to pack for your next picnic.

Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches for National Picnic Month from

Hey you guys, I am super excited about today's post! Why you ask? Well, I will tell you. Today we are talking about a few of my favorite things, summertime, the out of doors, and picnicking. 

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month? 

How awesome is that? A whole month dedicated to good food, and tons of fun!

This has been an amazing summer already here in Washington. On the average, we usually have about 24 days of "summer". I am not joking, that's it peeps. Not even a full month! 

Other than that, you will have to fight with the typical Pacific Northwest damp and drizzle. But this year? We have already had some gorgeous days of sunshine! 

And they are still forecasting more to come. Which means we can actually celebrate National Picnic Month the way you are supposed to, outside in the sunshine! 

OhhEmmGee color me sooooo happy!!

So that means there have been a lot more summertime activities going on. Usually we just hang out on the back deck and the BBQ. We love our backyard and I could sit at stare into the woods for hours, it is just so beautiful!

Morning view from my back deck 

But we have pulled ourselves away from our little patch of paradise and have gone for walks, hit the farmer's market, and took a drive to visit Kevin's family on a gorgeous little piece of camping property they own. You wanna talk about heaven.

I swear could move in tomorrow!! We have also gone to a few BBQs with friends and family, and spent some time down at the beach. Like I said, this is an amazing summer!

So I decided to not only bring you one of my favorite picnic sandwiches, but 9 more recipes from some of my awesome blogger friends. So make sure to check those out below the sandwich recipe.

Happy Picnicing!!

Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches for National Picnic Month from

Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwiches

A delicious alternative to the traditional chicken salad and the perfect sandwich to pack for your next picnic.


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • 4 sandwich rolls (I used panino rolls)

Equipment Used


  1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, mayonnaise, pesto, onion, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cut sandwich rolls in half, place some arugala on the bottom half, sliced tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese, then top with 1/4 of the pesto chicken mixture. Place top bun on the sandwich.
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: chicken, pesto, sandwiches, National Picnic Day

Nutritional information via Calorie Count

10 Recipes for National Picnic Month

National Picnic Month - Greek Salad Sandwich

Greek Salad Sandwich from Whole Food | Real Families This Greek Salad Sandwich is the perfect sandwich for wrapping up and taking on a picnic. Super healthy - but delicious enough that it doesn’t matter. 

National Picnic Month - Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies from Kristine in Between Delicious and easy small-batch peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that are the perfect dessert for any outdoor picnic. 

National Picnic Month - Bok Choy Deviled Eggs

Bok Choy Deviled Eggs from Fearless Dining Easy Bok Choy and Bacon Deviled Eggs are not only a delicious snack for a picnic...but nobody will ever know there is bok choy hidden inside! 

National Picnic Month - Creamy Dill and Cucumber Potato Salad

Creamy Cucumber and Dill Potato Salad from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures No picnic is complete without a tasty salad and this Creamy Dill and Cucumber Potato Salad is a perfect choice! 

National Picnic Month - Milk and Cookies Lasagna

Milk & Cookies Lasagna from That Skinny Chick Can Bake This dreamy, no-bake dessert lasagna is the crowning touch of a picnic meal! 

National Picnic Month - French Potato Salad

French Potato Salad from Creative Culinary The perfect potato salad for a picnic; all potato, fresh herbs and an olive oil dressing. Can be served at picnic temperature, no refrigeration required! 

National Picnic Month - Watermelon Cupcakes

Watermelon Cupcakes from Rose Bakes Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream and with a little food coloring, transformed them into “Watermelon Cupcakes” perfect for summer and picnics! 

National Picnic Month - Southern Vinegar Slaw

Southern Vinegar Slaw from Amee’s Savory Dish This flavorful southern slaw recipe is lightened-up and perfect for a summer picnic! 

National Picnic Month - Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from The Chef Next Door This classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is the perfect summer dessert for any picnic or gathering. The combination of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb just can't be beat!

10 Recipes for National Picnic Month

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  1. You sold me with pesto! What a great idea to add that to a chicken sandwich :)

    1. I am a pesto fanatic too! I am so glad you like the sandwiches!!

  2. Great sandwiches for a picnic or lunch or any day.

  3. ....meanwhile in Florida it is summer most of the YEAR, and it is stifling! These perfect Pesto Chicken Sammies would help sooth me though. I love pesto on anything!

    1. WOW I don't know if I could handle that weather LOL I have adapted from Southern CA weather to WA weather, and melt if it is over 80!! I am with you on the pesto though :) I love pesto....any kind of pesto!

  4. I am all over pesto and chicken sandwiches! One of my all time favorites! Your sandwich looks just amazing!

    1. Thanks so much!! I love pesto anything!!

  5. I just made a batch of pesto yesterday and have some leftover chicken in the fridge. I think it's just destiny that these sandwiches will happen soon at my house! They look amazing!!!

    1. Yup it sounds like foodie fate Liz :)

  6. A walk in the woods then a picnic with those pesto sandwiches sounds like a perfect day to me!

  7. Looks like a gorgeous summer! And that is a gorgeous chicken salad!

    1. Yes, it has been amazing Brianne. We couldn't ask for anything better! I am so glad you like the sandwich. Like you said, you can always sub Greek yogurt for the mayo. I sub Greek yogurt for sour cream in most of my recipes now. I love the stuff!!

  8. Love this sandwich! it would be great for a picnic with a glass of wine.

  9. I love the pesto in your sandwich and they're calling my name!

  10. OhhEmmGeeee is right! 24 days of summer and you are still sane?!? I am loving this recipe...terrific twist on an oldie!

    1. I am not sure if we should base my sanity on the weather LOL I am a bit crazy anyway :) I am so glad you like the sandwich. I am always looking to change things up!

  11. I adore pesto!!! Pinning this to make for our next picnic.... if I can wait that long. How lucky to have such a gorgeous piece of land to yourselves! The next time we're in Washington I'm going to have to look you up! ;)

    1. Yay! I hope you make this ASAP! I know you will love it. The first pic is the view from my backyard, the next two are photos of a property that my bf's family owns. I would love to live there!! Yes, you MUST look me up the next time you are in WA, I would love to meet you :)

  12. You have 24 days of summer and we have 240+...there is something to be said for both. Wonderful recipe, and I'm so happy to cook alongside you for this picnic!