Every month, on or around payday, we have Payday Potluck at work. We all bring in food, sit around a big table, eat and enjoy each other’s company. It’s really very nice.
Although, sometimes I stress about what to bring. We usually have a lot of options for side dishes and desserts, but not always main dishes. Several of us commute to work which makes bringing things in a little more complicated.
I decided to make pesto chicken then assemble it into a delicious sandwich for people at work. My Sandwich Artistry skills coming into play years after I stopped working at Subway.
The chicken is simple enough to make. I baked up a bunch of chicken breasts in the oven. Let them cook, then slice them thin.
In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise per 1/2 cup of pesto per pound of chicken. Toss with chicken to coat well. You can make this up to a day or 2 ahead of time. Add more or less of the sauce depending on your preference.
The next day at work, I sliced a large baguette in half. I spread a little plain pesto on the inside of one half of the bread then toasted the bread.
Once the bread was toasted, I piled on some chicken.
Then, I topped it with slices of fresh mozzarella, slices of tomato, a little salt and pepper.
Then leaves of fresh basil. Top with the other piece of baguette. Slice into sections for people to enjoy.
The great thing about this is that you can make as many or as few of these as you need. They are fast to make and a total crowd pleaser. Great for showers and parties.