Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich

Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich

Last week I posted the Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups appetizer and told you all about the recipe contest I am currently in over at Kraft’s Breakstone’s sour cream site. To recap (and in case you didn’t happen to read that post), Kraft asked me to create three separate menu items – appetizer, main dish, and dessert –  using their Breakstone’s Triple Churned sour cream and my menu is going up again two other menus created by fellow food bloggers. This main dish continues with the spring-inspired theme of light, fresh and easy and puts an Italian twist on a traditional chicken salad, with the additions of Asiago cheese, a pesto spread, and ciabatta rolls.

Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich

This chicken salad is tossed in a sour-cream dressing instead of mayonnaise and includes Asiago cheese, sits on a bed of Romaine, and is sandwiched inside of a ciabatta roll slathered with your favorite pesto. A perfect springtime lunch, or dinner by the pool. Quick and easy, which makes it a breeze to throw together for company!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Breakstone’s Triple Churned sour cream in conjunction with the recipe contest.

Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


1 lb. cooked chicken, roughly chopped
½ cup shredded Asiago cheese
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
½cup Breakstone’s sour cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 leafs of Romaine lettuce
Pesto (either purchased or your favorite recipe)
4 ciabatta rolls


1. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken, Asiago and celery to combine.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.

3. Add the Breakstone’s sour cream mixture to the chicken mixture and gently toss to combine.

4. Spread pesto on the top and bottom of each roll. Place a leaf of Romaine on the bottom of each roll. Place an even amount of chicken mixture on top of each lettuce leaf.

5. Cover with top of roll and serve.

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32 Responses to “Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich”

  1. kitlaura on April 6, 2010 at 1:54 am

    look so yummy, i want to eat all, but too bad, i am on a low carb diet, will bookmark this and try it out when i am off diet. thanks for sharing.


  2. shelly (cookies and cups) on April 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

    that sounds so delicious! definitely trying that!!


  3. Janene on April 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

    So – I did make the Cucumber – Tomato Bruschetta for Easter and they were a BIG hit! :)

    We LOVE Chicken Salad in the summer so we will be trying this one out, too. I’ve been voting every day, too! :)


  4. ashley on April 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

    looks good! i love the use of pesto on the sandwich! delish! and i have to say i don’t think i’ve ever put my chicken salad on ciabatta… i’m gonna have to try that! looks great!


  5. Meghan on April 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I love your Italian spin on a chicken salad sandwich!


  6. Michelle on April 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I could eat chicken salad sandwiches every day! Interesting with the Asiago cheese!


  7. Jen @ How To: Simplify on April 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

    This sandwich looks delicious! I love pesto and ciabatta bread!


  8. Maggy @ Three Many Cooks on April 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

    YUM! How did you know just what I was craving? I want this!


  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

    you had me at the title, those are ALL things that I love! anything with pesto on ciabatta sounds fabulous to me :)


  10. Emily Ziegler on April 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The hubbie-to-be and I are planning a “picnic dinner” tomorrow with the beautiful weather… I think this is precisely what I am going to make!


  11. Joanne on April 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    This chicken salad looks awesome! I have so much pesto in my freezer that I need to use up…thanks for the idea!


  12. Tracy on April 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    This looks lovely and refreshing. What a perfect lunch!


  13. Cookin' Canuck on April 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I love the pesto spread with the chicken salad.


  14. bunkycooks on April 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    The chicken salad sounds yummy! I like all the flavors.


  15. Amber on April 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    You know, this sounds quite amazing. I have never been much of a fan of chicken salad (more than likely due to the onions) but this sounds delicious!!


  16. Aimee on April 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I was watching Foodnetwork last night and the “Best Thing I Ever Ate” episode was the sandwich episode – this looks like a contender!


  17. Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) on April 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    chicken salad and pesto! i’ve never combined the two but sounds amazing. what a great sandwich i want to bite right into it!


  18. Hazel on April 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Looks so delicious! I’ll have to try it, for sure :) I am a pesto-aholic!


  19. TobyD on April 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I have read your blog here and there – but I did have to go vote for your recipes. They look delish and are right up my alley!


  20. Fuji Mama on April 8, 2010 at 12:39 am

    This looks delicious! I love how ciabatta soaks in flavors so well without getting mushy–perfect for chicken salad!


  21. Peggy on April 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

    This looks delicious! I love the idea of replacing the mayo with sour cream!


  22. bridget {bake at 350} on April 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Michelle…this look incredible!!! You are a master!


  23. Mary Poppins in Heels on April 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

    As always, this looks fabulous!


  24. My Delicious on April 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    oh, that looks so delicious!


  25. Lauren (Amateur Gastronomist) on April 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    What a great way to spruce up a classic dish. Looks delicious!


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  29. morri on March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Wow! I made these sandwiches for lunch today. I’ve never had pesto on a sandwich before, much less pesto with chicken salad, and I have to say that this combination won me over completely. I replaced the sour cream with thick Balkan yoghurt (I didn’t have any sour cream, and our shops don’t carry this brand anyway), so I had to add way more than half a cup to get a proper creamy consistency. The sandwiches were utterly delicious – I think they’d make for great picnic food when we start going on biking trips in the spring.


  30. morri on March 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I have to add this: my partner just came back from work and said: “Do you want to know what my favorite sandwich is?” 😀


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