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Grilled Chicken Melt with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread and Pesto

Tender, juicy grilled chicken thighs topped with creamy, gooey, melted fresh mozzarella, fragrant pesto, and flavourful sun dried tomato spread on a toasted ciabatta bun screams warm weather. Grilled Chicken Melt with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomato Spread is an ideal recipe for entertaining in warmer months by virtue of both its beauty and ease of preparation.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 444 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 ciabatta rolls halved as for sandwiches
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
  • 6 tablespoons pesto. Homemade or store bought
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella about 6 ounces total


  1. Lay out the chicken thighs and sprinkle both sides generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat grill to medium. When the grill is up to temperature, lay out the chicken thighs. Grill the thighs, turning a couple of times, for 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 165°F. Just before removing the chicken from the grill, lay out one slice of mozzarella over each chicken thigh. While that begins to melt, drizzle olive oil over the cut sides of the ciabatta rolls and lay them directly on the grill. When the cheese is hot all the way through, use a spatula to transfer the thighs and toasted rolls to a platter.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon of the Sun-Dried Tomato spread on the bottom, half of each roll, then 1 tablespoon of the pesto on the top half of each roll. Use a spatula to transfer one chicken thigh, melted cheese side up onto each roll's bottom half. Position the top half, pesto side down, on the chicken. If desired, slice the sandwich in half on the diagonal. Serve hot, warm, or room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Melt with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread and Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 861mg36%
Potassium 439mg13%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 625IU13%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 187mg19%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.