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Now that the temperatures are warm and we’re in the midst of outdoor grilling season, I thought that I would share a great (but simple) summer meal. With fresh basil, sliced mozzarella, and juicy ripe tomatoes, these Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches are the perfect easy dinner in the warm weather months!Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches are the perfect easy dinner recipe for summer!

These sandwiches pack a lot of flavor with just a few ingredients. If you’re like me and your basil grows out of control in the hot months, this is a great way to use up some extra leaves.

Paired with bright red, juicy tomatoes, it might become one of your favorite summer meals as well!

Lots of fresh ripe tomatoes and fresh basil in these Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches!

I’ve taken the basic flavors from the classic Italian Caprese salad and turned them into a hearty entree with these easy grilled chicken sandwiches. Since the salad is normally made with sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, and seasoned with salt and olive oil, you’ll find all of those delicious components slapped on a bun!

It’s a combination that just goes beautifully together — especially when you add a simple 2-ingredient pesto mayonnaise as well!

Pesto mayonnaise for grilled chicken caprese sandwiches.

The pesto mayonnaise takes the Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich to a whole new level in the flavor department! Add enough to have it oozing out of your bun, or just spread a thin layer on top — you can totally tailor these sandwiches to suit your tastebuds!A grilled chicken caprese sandwich is an easy recipe for lunch or dinner in summer!

If you want to prep ahead and make your summer weeknights easier, try grilling the chicken in advance on the weekend. Then you just have to assemble these sandwiches just before serving and pop them under the broiler to melt the cheese.

YUM!!!Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches are full of fresh ingredients for a healthy dinner!

More easy grilled chicken recipes that you might enjoy:

Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 542 kcal
These simple Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwiches are a perfect easy summer dinner!


  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 4 sandwich rolls, sliced in half horizontally
  • ¼ cup prepared pesto
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 2 plum tomatoes or 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella (from an 8 oz ball of mozzarella)


  • Preheat a grill pan or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. When the chicken has cooled slightly, slice into strips.
  • In a small bowl, stir together pesto and mayonnaise.
  • Toast the sandwich rolls. Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto mayonnaise on the inside of the top and bottom of each roll. 
  • On the bottom half of the roll, place a layer of chicken and a slice of mozzarella. Place the bottom rolls with the chicken and cheese under the broiler for a few minutes, just until the cheese melts. 
  • Add a slice of tomato and a couple of basil leaves on top of the melted cheese. Top with the remaining half of the roll, pesto mayonnaise-side down.


Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and prepare just 2 sandwiches!
Want to Prep Ahead? Grill the chicken in advance and keep it in your refrigerator until you're ready to assemble the sandwiches.
Want a Shortcut? Try using a store-bought rotisserie chicken. So that you don't have to grill the meat.


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 542kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 37gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 854mgPotassium: 576mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 840IUVitamin C: 5.6mgCalcium: 231mgIron: 2.6mg
Keyword: chicken breasts, grilled chicken, sandwiches
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in June, 2013. The photos were updated in July, 2018.


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Susana Parker says:

    That pesto Mayo I must try! I love this recipe. It looks so healthy but delicious at the same time.. and for me that’s sometimes hard to achieve. Awesome to find inspiring recipes like this

    1. Blair says:

      Totally! The pesto mayo MAKES the sandwich! 🙂 I hope that you get to try it soon!

  2. Sandra says:

    We had these for lunch yesterday we had a crowd of hungry Marines here(our sons unit) on there way back to their duty station after a logistics trip. We grilled the chicken the day before and put everything together when they arrived, We wanted something that could be put together fast and be out of the ordinary Bologna and cheese if you know what I mean. They were a HUGE Hit most ate 2 and some even 4 of them and these were BIG Sandwiches!! Thank You for this great Sandwich We Used Mesquite Grilled Chicken and added some strips of Apple wood Bacon!

    1. Blair says:

      Yay!!! That’s huge praise, Sandra! Thank you SO much for letting me know. Glad that they are “Marine-approved!”

  3. Mary OHara says:

    Would they make you fat.? I’m on a diet

    1. Blair says:

      I have no idea, Mary! 🙂 I don’t know what your diet is, but I think these sandwiches could certainly fit into any healthy meal plan. Just adjust your other meals that day to meet your individual dietary needs.