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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings 8

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A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for summer picnics, busy weeknights, or serve the chicken and sauce over pasta for a hearty meal! Gluten free and paleo options.

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for picnics or weeknights! Gluten free and paleo options.

There are so many things I love about today’s recipe.

  1. It’s made in the slow cooker
  2. It only uses a handful of simple ingredients
  3. It has easy gluten free and paleo options
  4. It’s perfect for everything from summer picnics to winter pastas to busy weeknights any time of the year. Put it in a wrap, sandwich, serve with roasted veggies, with salad, on salad, in a taco, with rice…. the options are endless!

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for picnics or weeknights! Gluten free and paleo options.

In this recipe I used Muir Glen Organic Fire-Roasted Crushed Tomatoes (new to Canada!), chicken breasts, and a bit of pesto and salt to punch up the flavor — you really need nothing else! The flavor of these tomatoes is so intense and incredible. Muir Glen uses only the best, vine-ripened tomatoes and you can tell as soon as you crack the can. The smell is intoxicating!

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for picnics or weeknights! Gluten free and paleo options.

I wanted to show them off in a recipe that didn’t require a lot of ingredients, so that the fire-roasted flavor wasn’t lost under a bunch of other things.

Also, with a toddler and a preschooler I just don’t have a lot of time or patience for recipes with 27 ingredients and 8 pots. Do you?

Now for the giveaway! 

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for summer picnics, busy weeknights, or serve the chicken and sauce over pasta for a hearty meal! Gluten free and paleo options.

Since Muir Glen is new to Canada, they want to give all of my Canadian friends a chance to win an awesome prize pack including Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes, Fire-Roasted Crushed Tomatoes, Plain Diced Tomatoes, and Crushed Tomatoes with Basil, PLUS a $50 PC Gift Card!

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment below telling me your BEST summer entertaining tip!

How do you keep drinks cool? How do you keep ice cream from melting? Tips for feeding a crowd? Best easy entertaining recipe? I want to hear about it!

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for picnics or weeknights! Gluten free and paleo options.

Rules and regulations: Giveaway is open to Canadian residents over the age of 18, excluding residents of Quebec. Giveaway is open from June 1, 2016 until June 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be selected at random and notified within 24 hours of the contest ending. Winner must correctly answer a skill testing question and respond within 48 hours of initial email or a new winner will be chosen. Winner must have a street address to receive prize.

*This post and giveaway is generously sponsored by Muir Glen. I’ve been compensated for my time in developing this recipe but all opinions are, as always, my own!

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches

A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for summer picnics, busy weeknights, or serve the chicken and sauce over pasta for a hearty meal! Gluten free and paleo options.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8
Calories 112kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 28 oz can crushed Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil leaves and buns to serve as desired

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Add tomatoes, pesto and salt and stir until chicken is coated.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken and serve on a bun with shredded cheese and fresh basil if desired.
  • This chicken is also great in wraps, on salads, over pasta, rice or potatoes -- the options are endless!

Notes

*I cooked 3 chicken breasts in one 28oz can, and there was lots of sauce for serving over pasta or rice. You can easily cook up to 5 chicken breasts in one sauce recipe, but you won't have as much leftover for serving, so it's perfect for sandwiches.
*If you're looking for a longer cooking time (say you work away from home all day), use frozen chicken breasts and cook for 6-8 hours on low.
*This recipe is gluten free, but be sure that you use gluten free rolls or serve or rice or potatoes instead.
*If seeking a paleo option, omit the pesto and add fresh basil and/or oregano to taste at the end of the cooking time. Leave off the shredded cheese and serve with roasted vegetables.
*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches and GIVEAWAY!
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Serves: 8
A SUPER simple, flavorful meal with just a few ingredients! These Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches are perfect for summer picnics, busy weeknights, or serve the chicken and sauce over pasta for a hearty meal! Gluten free and paleo options.
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 (28oz) can crushed Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil leaves and buns to serve as desired
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Add tomatoes, pesto and salt and stir until chicken is coated.
  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken and serve on a bun with shredded cheese and fresh basil if desired.
  3. This chicken is also great in wraps, on salads, over pasta, rice or potatoes — the options are endless!
Serving size: 1/8 sandwich filling Calories: 112 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 6g Sugar: 3g Fiber: 2g Protein: 15g
Notes
*I cooked 3 chicken breasts in one 28oz can, and there was lots of sauce for serving over pasta or rice. You can easily cook up to 5 chicken breasts in one sauce recipe, but you won’t have as much leftover for serving, so it’s perfect for sandwiches.[br]*If you’re looking for a longer cooking time (say you work away from home all day), use frozen chicken breasts and cook for 6-8 hours on low. [br]*This recipe is gluten free, but be sure that you use gluten free rolls or serve or rice or potatoes instead.[br]*If seeking a paleo option, omit the pesto and add fresh basil and/or oregano to taste at the end of the cooking time. Leave off the shredded cheese and serve with roasted vegetables.[br]*Nutrition information is estimated and will vary depending on exact serving size, types and brands of products used.

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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Krista M says

    Hang decorative bug lanterns around the perimeter of the party area because as soon as the food & sugary drinks are served, it’s an open invitation for the wasps & pests which are unwanted guests!

  2. Christine says

    Freeze fruit juice for any fruity drinks – makes great ice cubes that don’t water down your drinks.

  3. jan says

    My summer entertaining tip is to be prepared to host indoors or out depending on the weather. I once had everything planned for outside and the weather was so bad, but I wasn’t prepared for it to be inside!

  4. Jo Vanderwolf says

    We fill small, inflatable kiddie pools with ice and place them on the table. They are perfect for keeping salads and other dishes cool in the heat, as well as drinks!

  5. Laura says

    My entertaining tip is to prep what you can ahead of time – wash your greens and have them in the spinner in the fridge, dressing made, make ahead dishes when you can (quinoa salad, bean salad), keep the menu simple, and fruit with ice cream or frozen yogurt or a simple cake you have made ahead for dessert.

  6. Leah says

    We rarely entertain with 1 and 4 year old boys, but when we do I always ensure we have lots of no cook appetizers and fresh veggies because kids are unpredictable. If dinner is delayed by a by the kids, at least no one is starving! We’re pretty low key.
    Happy to see there are fire roasted tomatoes to buy now though. I LOVE my slow cooker and so many recipes call for fire roasted tomatoes which I’ve never been able to find.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      That is so funny — we have 1 and 4 year old girls! Lol. We don’t entertain a lot either but in the summer it can be nice if everyone can be outside! We always keep things low stress too 🙂 And I am super excited about the fire roasted tomatoes coming here too!

  7. Lori says

    Keep it casual and relaxed. I prep salads ahead of time and just grill on the patio while chatting. Just found your site, can’t wait to look at your other recipes!

  8. Jenness M says

    When I have friends over for a bbq or bonfire I fill a massive bucket with ice to keep all the beer and white wine cold and for easy access!

  9. Judy Cowan says

    Best way to cook corn for a crowd in the summer is to throw it in a cooler and pour boiling water over it. Close lid and about 30 minutes later it will be ready.

  10. kristen visser says

    We hardly entertain but when we do we make sure to have a variety of alcoholic AND non alcoholic drinks, water on hand, variety of finger foods and snack that are healthy & not so healthy. Of course great music is a must 🙂

  11. Jonnie says

    My best tip is to prepare the weather. Whether it’s heat, rain, humidity or a cold spell, you need a plan to keep everyone comfortable.

  12. Kim Tanti says

    My summer entertaining I try to prepair as much food ahead as possable. When setting the table I get the B.B.Q ready with utensiles and extra plates ect.

  13. Anne Taylor says

    I love to do prep, prep and more prep before a party! We also like to use some frozen fruit as ice cubes!

  14. Sherry moffitt says

    When we have a family BBQ, I always prepare as much as I can the day before . Whether it is some of the salads etc , leaving me more family time.

  15. Carla says

    Always, always plan ahead! Know allergies, ages, preferences and have something for everyone so everyone feels welcome and included.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      That’s super important! My brother in law has Celiac disease so it’s something we spend a lot more time planning for — but I would never want him to feel uncomfortable eating the food that’s been prepared!

  16. ivy pluchinsky says

    My best summer entertaining tip is to plan, be organized, make sure you have enough food and drinks, and ask about food allergies!

  17. Carl Nissen says

    This looks so good,its great to have these tomatoes here in Canada .I like to plug my CrockPot outside,as everyone can make their own sandwiches.

  18. Alana LeSueur says

    My best SUMMER entertaining tip is actually to draft up a plan with all the food recipes that I plan to make/bake, the grocery food ingredients required to pick up , and stick to it. Keep the recipes simple and quick to prepare fresh.

  19. Danielle says

    These sandwiches look incredible, Ashley! I love easy weeknight dinners, especially ones that I can just make in my slow cooker. Definitely pinning this one for later!

  20. Amanda says

    for big crowds, pulled pork, beef, or chicken sandwiches are the way to go, with make ahead sides like macaroni salad or coleslaw (both are easy to make in large amounts and usually taste even better after sitting a while)

    • Ashley Fehr says

      We love meals like that in the summer! We often just keep the salads in the fridge all week and then grill some meat for dinner — it’s super simple but is perfect for summer!

  21. Gran says

    I buy lemons by the bag,cut them into chunks,then freeze them. Great for cooling and flavouring ‘drinks’.

  22. Kelly says

    This looks like the perfect easy weeknight meal! I am such a big fan of fire-roasted tomatoes and I love that there are so few ingredients! Yay that it’s made in the slow cooker too 🙂

  23. Suzanne G says

    We always have a tub filled with ice to put our drinks in and for ice cream, popsicles etc just put dry ice in a container and put the products that need to be kept frozen in container. Just be sure no little ones have access to this container.

  24. keely Gilham says

    Always have ingredients for a brushetta!!! It’s an easy snack to mix up with guests who show up!.. it’s fresh and looks like you put in a lot of effort but it’s so easy!

  25. Glogirl says

    My tip is that if you are going on a picnic, use drinking boxes, freeze them and then use them in your cooler as ice packs. They will also be nice and icy when you are ready to drink them!

  26. Esther says

    Instead of using ice packs for camping I freeze a bunch of drinks before hand. Keeps everything nice and cold and you have refreshing cool drinks to drink as well.

  27. D. Roach says

    I love using the tubs for drinks as well. I also make sure that I have everything done before hand so that I can enjoy the party as well. I hate running around like a crazy person and missing the fun. Also, asking others for help, even if it is just bringing the drinks or a dessert puts less stress on you.

  28. Anne Taylor says

    I love to prep prep prep before hand, use frozen fruit as well as ice cubes and the slow cooker full of chile!

  29. Stephanie H. says

    My slow cooker is my “go to” during these hot summer months. I enjoy using it for big batches of BBQ country ribs, pot roasts, and chicken recipes. The best part about the slow cooker is less mess and easier cleanup!

  30. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    I feel like people often over look the slow cooker in the summer, which is such a shame because it is when I use my slow cooker the most. So I’m LOVING that you posted this chicken, girlfriend! Love the Italian flavors! This looks perfectly shredded and absolutely fabulous! I will be putting this cluckin-deliciousness on all the things! Cheers!

  31. Mary Ann says

    I try to make as much as possible a day or two ahead. I make a lot of bite sized foods & foods that can be heated up at the last minute. I do ass much decorating as possible the day before.

  32. nicolthepickle says

    Your sandwich looks amazing!
    My best tip is to make as much food as you can before hand so when your guests arrive you can visit.

  33. Kathryn says

    By far the best advice is to accept help — don’t attempt to do it on your own. Make it casual and fun. Every year, we have a Canada Day Party, the theme being red and white of course, and I have learned to say, yes, please help! BTW, red tomatoes and a pc gc would sure come in handy when planning the party. Thanks! 🙂

  34. joy says

    have a potluck backyard bbq – everyone brings a dish, then sits around and enjoys each other’s company in the backyard 😀

  35. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! My slow cooker is becoming my best friend now that summer is here! I love that this only has a few ingredients. Even though I’m not eligible for the giveaway, my tip is to freeze seedless grapes and pop a few in a glass of wine to chill it a little (plus you get a snack).

    • Ashley Fehr says

      That is GENIUS Dorothy! I love it — would be so great in juice for the kiddos too, as long as they’re not popping them in their mouths accidentally. I bet they would love that!

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