Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.
Pesto Chicken Sandwich
Pesto Chicken Sandwich with Arugula
Panera Bread Recipe
2 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound total)
½ cup prepared basil pesto, preferably refrigerated
1 loaf Panera Bread Ciabatta
¼ cup soft goat cheese or additional pesto
1 ounce baby arugula leaves (about 1 packed cup)
1 scallion (green part only), finely chopped
¾ cup roasted red bell peppers
Oil for coating grill grate
Heat grill or skillet to medium-high. Cut chicken breasts in half crosswise to make 4 pieces. Pound each piece between sheets of plastic wrap with a heavy skillet to an even 1/4-inch thickness, being careful not to tear meat.Spread pesto on both sides of chicken. Brush and oil grill grate or skillet then grill chicken until no longer pink, about 2 minutes per side.
Cut bread in half through side to make two long slabs. Cut crosswise into 4 squares. Spread goat cheese or additional pesto on bottom side of each sandwich. Divide arugula, scallions and roasted bell peppers among sandwiches. Top with grilled chicken. Put on top of sandwich and cut in half diagonally to make 2 triangles per sandwich. Serve warm.