Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches

by aimee @ shugarysweets on May 23, 2013

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwich with roasted red peppers, spinach and cheese! #dinner

Remember a couple weeks ago when I shared my Dinner Menu Inspiration with you? Roni made some Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Tomatoes and Kale.

Last night I set out to make these sandwiches. But of course, I didn’t follow the recipe. At all. I was at the grocery store and couldn’t remember the ingredients.

So using that photo as my inspiration I set out to make my own sandwiches. And they turned out delicious! I threw some chicken into my slow cooker with some salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. I let it cook on low all day until it was tender enough to shred (about 5 hours). Don’t open your lid during this time or you will lose moisture!

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwich with roasted red peppers, spinach and cheese! #dinner

Add in a jar of roasted red peppers (drained and chopped) and a box of frozen chopped spinach (that has thawed). Let this heat up, about another hour or two. Assemble your sandwiches with some Colby-Jack cheese and dinner is served. {recipe below after the photos}

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I love making dinner in my slow cooker! Here are a few of my favorite recipes. Be sure to click on the link or photo to take you to the recipe!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef: easy, delicious and perfect with a side of mashed potatoes!

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Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tostadas: orange juice and jerk seasoning create a delicious tang to this pulled pork recipe!

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Chicken Taco Soup: This is one of our families favorite meals, it appears on the menu least once or twice a month!

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwich

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar (12oz) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1 pkg (10oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 cup Colby-jack cheese, shredded
  • 6-8 hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Add chicken to large slow cooker. Add seasonings, cover and cook on low for about 5 hours. Using two forks, shred chicken.
  2. Add chopped red peppers and thawed, chopped spinach. Allow to heat thoroughly, about 1-2 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, assemble bun with shredded cheese (desired amount) and scoop of shredded chicken mixture. ENJOY.

Notes

For the frozen spinach, after it thaws squeeze package to remove some (not all) of the excess water.

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tanya May 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

I like how you roll, making recipes up on the fly! This looks so good Aimee! Love crockpot recipes!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of dinner maker :) Thanks for stopping by Tanya!
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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection May 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

You have such great slow cooker recipes! I just got a slow cooker within the last year and have used the heck out of it. I’m always on the search for new dinner recipe ideas. Can’t wait to try this one!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

Thanks Elaine! I’m always on the hunt for dinner ideas too :) Not that I ever follow a recipe, LOL.
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Erin | The Law Student's Wife May 23, 2013 at 9:01 am

Craving this for lunch AND dinner. I love anything crockpot too…makes me feel like I have a personal chef :-)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

Ha! I so agree :)
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Eva @ Eva Bakes May 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

These look so yummy! I need to start using my crockpot more so I’m not as hard-pressed for time when I get home from work.
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amy @southern sweets and eats May 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

These look yummy! I love slow cooker dinners. It’s awesome to work all day and walk in the door with dinner waiting for me. It’s totally a highlight of the week.
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Ari @ Ari's Menu May 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

This looks awesome, and I love that the slow cooker does pretty much all the work for you!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

Yeah, I love that about slow cookers. :)
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Deborah May 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

Ok, these look fantastic!!
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life May 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

You sure can create on the fly! This looks absolutely delicious! Slow cookers are SOOO nice for rushed days – I can’t wait to try this.
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thank you!! They were awesome after a long day to just come home and eat!
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Jess May 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

How delicious! Yummy! :) Pinned it!
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Melissa May 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

All of these look so yummy! =)
Love the Italian chicken sandwich!

Pinning to save!

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Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes May 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I love everything about this! Pinned to try :)

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks Jamie!
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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Love this! Now when can I come over for dinner?
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

As long as you bring dessert I’m cool with that :)
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Totally love this! They look wonderful and delicious and it is even better with the slow cooker!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I love all your dinners Aimee! I’m so making this sometime!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

Thanks girl :)
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nessa May 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I want to live inside that sandwich!

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! May 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I need to have that sandwich ASAP! It looks wonderful! :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

Thanks Kristin!! I’m hungry again just seeing it today.
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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Oh, girl…your Italian Chicken Sandwiches look sooooo good! This certainly balances all the “shugary sweets”, doesn’t it? ;) And, to make them in the slow cooker over the warm summer months? Bonus! Pinning to group boards at Pinterest! xo
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

It’s good to have balance, and this definitely does the trick :) Thanks for pinning Stacy!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

That sounds like something I would do…forget my list and not be able to remember! Love that you still bought ingredients to do your own version of the yummy sandwich!!! It looks great!!!
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Jess @ OnSugarMountain May 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Oh man Aimee this is awesome! Drooling over that photo and in the slow cooker?? It’s been too freakin’ hot to turn on the oven and these sandwiches would be PERFECTION during this humid heat wave. :D
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Shiloh Barkley May 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Yum, Aimee! Pinning!
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Jenn May 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Sounds super yummy. I love spinach and anything with roasted red peppers!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

DITTO.
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork May 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I love using my slow cooker! It’s comes in handy when I don’t want to use my oven in the summer. These look amazing! I love how you added veggies to the sandwich. It makes it healthy, right?? :) Pinning!
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting May 24, 2013 at 1:10 am

I have to stop looking at this post, it’s making me too hungry!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

Sorry about that ;)
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Ashley May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

I absolutely love this! You’re really inspiring me to take out my slow cooker more often! I even used it this past weekend : )
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Dust it off (well, not really if you just used it) and enjoy :)
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Shannon {Cozy Country Living} May 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

Aimee, these look delicious! I love using the slow cooker! Perfect in the summer, when you don’t want to turn on the oven too! Can’t wait to try it- pinning:)
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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

OMG…I’m so hungry now! This looks amazing!
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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 25, 2013 at 4:29 am

Yum! Love the spinach used in this sandwiches!!

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Julie L May 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

This is verrrry close to one of my favorite sandwiches, but this is an interesting twist instead of just a chicken breast panini sandwich. The difference would be to change the cheese to provolone and add a little mayo mixed with pesto on the bun. I can’t wait to try the slow cooker version–thanks for the inspiration!

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Lindsay June 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Just inhaled the Slow Cooker Italian Chicken sandwich. Thank you for my new go to for lunch!

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tiziana June 9, 2013 at 2:41 am

Compliments on your recipe. But if you have to know, nobody here Italy makes that kind of “panino” or sandwich. The chicken breast (roast or boiled) is not shredded but sliced very thinly. Usually just seasoned with rosemary and origano and some tomatoes and olive oil. The only cheese we put in our panino is fresch mozzarella or ementhal or auricchio in think slices (sometimes fontina or gruviera, but not “melt” cheese). But kudos anyway! Keep it up! :)

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Angalee July 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

This might be a silly question, but when you say Italian Seasoning-what is that? Is it a premade jar of spice I can just buy or did you make your own?

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Yes, it’s in the spice aisle. Enjoy!!

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Angela K July 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Couple of stupid questions,
1 do you thaw chicken? 2. do you add any water to the chicken awhile cooking the first 5 hours?

My family loved the Balsamic shredded beef. Thanks so much!

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Alyssa January 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

Hello! I wanted to try and make these tomorrow, but I was also wondering about the chicken – if it should be thawed or if it can go in frozen – and do you put any liquids in the crockpot, like water or broth or tomato sauce? I’ve never seen a chicken crockpot recipe with no liquids so I want to make sure I do it right and don’t dry the chicken out!

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I toss it in frozen most of the time. Keep your lid on and it won’t dry out :)

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks January 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Aimee, you’ve got me wishing I had some chicken cooked right now so I could make this to bring to work for lunch tomorrow! This looks fantastic. Pinned and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing this link with me in the Food Bloggers Roundup Page. I’ll be using this in my crockpot chicken roundup! Have a lovely weekend!
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Courtney M. January 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

I made the Italian Chicken Sandwiches for dinner last night. They were delish! Thanks for the idea!

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aimee @ shugarysweets January 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!!

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jaime mcewen April 14, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I just made the Italian chicken sandwiches tonight and it was really good. I was so happy the chicken didn’t dry out. I added a 1/2 cup of chicken stock and used mozzarella cheese instead. My young children loved it. Thanks!

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aimee @ shugarysweets April 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Whoohoo, so glad you loved it Jaime!!

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Vicki Gilsinger May 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I work and can’t stop this at 5 hrs and add spinach, could I just throw frozen spinach in and cook on low for 8-9 hours?

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