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Italian-grilled chicken sandwiches

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
18 min
12 min
6 min
The grill does most of the heavy lifting on this easy, flavorful sandwich that’s ready in about 20 minutes. Pounding the chicken not only breaks down the connective tissue making the meat more tender, but it also helps it cook more quickly and evenly on the grill. You can use a meat mallet if you’ve got one, but if not, a heavy skillet will work too. Toast the hamburger buns alongside the chicken and onion on the grill until lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Store-bought pesto gives these sandwiches easy, authentic Italian flavor without much effort. It's also a wonderful flavoring for potatoes and eggs too.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

1 pound(s), four 4 oz pieces

Table salt

¾ tsp, divided

Black pepper

2 pinch(es), freshly ground, divided

Uncooked red onion(s)

½ small, sliced into four 1/4-inch-thick slices

Plain hamburger bun

4 item(s), toasted

Pesto sauce

4 Tbsp


12 leaf/leaves

Roasted red peppers (packed in water)

½ cup(s), drained, chopped


  1. Coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.
  2. Pound chicken until 1/4-inch thick. Season both sides of chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper. Coat onion with cooking spray and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper.
  3. Place chicken and onion on grill. Cook chicken until browned and cooked through, flipping once, about 2-3 minutes per side. Cook onion until softened and grill marks appear, flipping once, about 2-3 minutes per side. Slice each piece of chicken in half so it fits better on buns.
  4. Spread each bun bottom with 1 tbsp pesto sauce; top each with 2 pieces chicken, 1 slice onion separated into rings, 3 basil leaves, 2 tbsp roasted red pepper and a bun top.
  5. Serving size: 1 sandwich