Caprese Chicken Pressed Sandwich

Caprese Chicken Sandwich is THE perfect sandwich for all your picnic outings this spring and summer. 5 ingredients and picnic perfect! 

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Friends, along with the blue skies, sunshine and warm weather that happens this time of year, also comes one of my favorite seasons: PICNIC SEASON.

Caprese Chicken Sandwich is THE perfect sandwich for all your picnic outings this spring and summer. 5 ingredients and picnic perfect! 

I adore picnics. Spending a sunshine filled day at the park with my kiddos playing games, reading and just hanging out is one of my favorite summer-time activities.

Of course with all of the playing, we’re going to need a hearty lunch. That is where this Caprese Chicken Pressed Sandwich, loaded with Smithfield PrimeFresh Deli Rotisserie Chicken, comes in handy.

You only need 5 ingredients and it’s even better if you make it the night before. Which means you’ll have more time in the morning to get everything packed up and ready to go.

What ingredients do you need for a pressed sandwich?

First Ingredient: DELI MEAT.

PrimeFresh Deli Meat, found in the refrigerated packaged lunch meat section,  is my go-to when it comes to deli meat. There are 6 different varieties: Roast Beef, Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoked Ham, Honey Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast. All of which are gluten free and contain no MSG.  

Prime Fresh Delicatessen Rotisserie Chicken

With its natural flavors of garlic and onion, it was easy to pick PrimeFresh Deli Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast to star in this Caprese Chicken Pressed Sandwich

Second Ingredient: Pesto

Most caprese salads have fresh basil. Most pressed sandwiches usually have some kind of spread. That is why I decided to use Pesto as the spread for this sandwich. You can make your own or buy pre-made. Either will work in this recipe.

How to make a pressed sandwich

Third Ingredient: Fresh Mozzarella

The high moisture content of fresh mozzarella is perfect for this sandwich.

Fourth: Sun-Dried Tomato

Tomatoes are also a must whenever you have caprese. Since the flavors in a pressed sandwich are so concentrated, I thought super flavorful sun-dried tomatoes would add just the perfect amount of tomato flavor.

Caprese Chicken Pressed Sandwich. Only 5 ingredients and picnic perfect!

Finally, the bread. You’re going to want something that is crusty and can hold up to being pressed together with the other ingredients. I love ciabatta bread for this because the little holes make it perfect for trapping any of the juices from the sandwich.

How do you make a Pressed Sandwich?

Pressed sandwiches are SUPER easy to make and this Caprese Chicken Sandwich is no exception. Simply cut a loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Spread the pesto on both halves. Next, layer the PrimeFresh Deli Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken, Mozzarella and Sun Dried Tomatoes on top. Next spread more pesto on the top half of the bread and place that on top of the sandwich.

Finally, wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap and place it into the refrigerator with a heavy pan on top. I like to use my cast iron skillet.

Caprese Chicken Sandwich is THE perfect sandwich for all your picnic outings this spring and summer. 5 ingredients and picnic perfect! 

A pressed sandwich is best when it has a chance to set overnight. That is why I love to make it for picnics. I get everything ready the night before and then all we need to do is slice and serve at our picnic.

It doesn’t get much easier, or delicious, than that!

Planning a picnic? Here are some more Picnic Must Haves

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Italian Chopped Salad

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

Best Brownie Bites 

More Sandwich Recipes

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Italian Pressed Sandwich

Alabama BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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Caprese Chicken Pressed Sandwich Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time:
5 based on 27 reviews


  • 1 (½ pound) package Prime Fresh Delicatessen Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast
  • ¾ cup prepared pesto
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, plus 2 teaspoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread



Cut bread in half lengthwise.


Spread pesto on both halves.


Layer the chicken, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes on the bottom half. Drizzle with sun dried tomato oil and top with the top half of bread.


Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap (or parchment paper). Place in refrigerator with a heavy bottomed pot (like a cast iron skillet) on top. Let set overnight.


Slice and serve.

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  • Reply
    Melanie Bauer
    June 19, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Sounds great! Definitely a huge hit in our house, need to make this soon!

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    Beth Pierce
    June 19, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Everything a gourmet sandwich should be, and more! This looks incredible!

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    Jacque Hooper
    June 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Why get anything from the deli when I can make this, instead!? This looks delish!

  • Reply
    June 19, 2019 at 10:29 am

    What a great sandwich to take along on a summer picnic! I can’t wait to make one of these very soon.

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    June 19, 2019 at 9:47 am

    This sandwich has all of my favorite things!! Pesto, sun dried tomatoes, ciabatta….so so yummy!

  • Reply
    June 19, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Now this is my kind of sandwich, YUM!

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    Kim Seghers
    June 19, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Your sandwich looks delicious. They would be perfect to pack and take on my family’s road trip for a quick and easy lunch on the road.

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    June 3, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Heck yes, I am so excited for picnic season! Thanks for sharing.

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    June 3, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Wow, now that is my kind of sandwich!! I am loving the flavour combo in here! It looks so good… yum!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    June 3, 2019 at 3:42 am

    This looks like my ideal sandwich! I am always trying to think of interesting sandwich ideas to bring to work with me, but always end up with cheese and cucumber, haha. This would be a great way to switch it up!

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    Jenni LeBaron
    June 2, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Yum! Pesto really is one of the best things to stick in a pressed sandwich because the lovely flavors really soak into the bread. As you say, they are best when sat overnight and I totally agree these are picnic worthy!

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    Anne Murphy
    June 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve never made a pressed sandwich – but I love that it makes a virtue of the (frequent) necessity of fixing a lunch the night before! I totally see the pesto and sundried tomatoes keeping it moist but not soggy – and adding a powerhouse of flavor! And of course you have to have good quality cold cuts…

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    Amanda Mason
    June 2, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I love a good sandwich and you sold me with the pesto!! This looks absolutely amazing!! I’ll have to check out this deli meat! Sounds amazing!!

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    June 1, 2019 at 8:03 am

    I am a HUGE sandwich fan! I love the toppings on this Caprese chicken sandwich with the pesto and sun dried tomatoes.

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    Kelly Anthony
    June 1, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Yay for picnic season and these Caprese Chicken Sandwiches! I can’t believe there’s that much flavor with only 5 ingredients!

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    May 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Oooh yes to all these things in a sandwich. I’ve heard of pressing while cooking but never thought to do it ahead of time! Game changer :)

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    Melanie Bauer
    May 29, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Looks spectacular! So easy to make and crazy delicious, gotta give this a try!

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    Jacquelyn Hastert
    May 29, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    This sandwich really takes pressed sandwiches to the next level. Everything caprese is always the best during the summer months.

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    May 29, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Now, this is a lunch I would remember!

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    May 29, 2019 at 9:01 am

    This looks fantastic. I LOVE Caprese anything. This looks like a fantastic make-ahead sandwich that I can keep around ready for a delicious lunch on the weekend!

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    Veena Azmanov
    May 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

    I love such amazing options for Dinner or any meal too. This is just right for my taste buds.

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    May 29, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Absolutely love the flavors in this sandwich! I am a sucker for anything with pesto :)

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    May 29, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I would LOVE this for lunch!! It looks and sounds ahhhmaaazing!! YUM!!

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    May 28, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I an loving this sandwich idea! It looks so tasty and delicious and definitely a sandwich my entire family will love!

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    Sara Welch
    May 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    I know what I will be having for lunch tomorrow! This looks better than anything I’ve had from a deli, indeed!

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    Rebecca Blackwell
    May 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I LOVE that you say these are best when made the day before you plan to serve them. One of the things my husband and I love to do in the summer is head to the mountains for a hike. I usually just throw some cheese, crackers, and fruit in a bag for us to eat after our hike, but these would be so much better! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Marie Czarnecki
    May 24, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Looks great.

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