Chicken Pesto Panzanella Salad

Chicken Pesto Panzanella Salad

This Chicken Pesto Panzanella Salad is a vibrant Italian bread salad that brings together the juicy, grilled flavors of chicken and the herby punch of pesto. Tossed with crunchy, toasted bread, ripe tomatoes, and a variety of fresh vegetables, it’s a perfect meal for a light lunch or a picnic.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 4 cups day-old ciabatta or sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn


  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side. Let them rest before cutting into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the bread cubes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 375°F (190°C) until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, combine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and olives in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil in a small bowl.
  5. Add the grilled chicken pieces and toasted bread to the bowl of vegetables. Drizzle the balsamic dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  6. Gently fold in the pesto until all ingredients are well coated. If necessary, adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves just before serving.

This Chicken Pesto Panzanella Salad is a delightful dish that showcases the best of summer’s produce and the comfort of grilled chicken. It’s the perfect recipe to enjoy the outdoors or to bring a piece of sunshine to your table!

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