Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches

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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!


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


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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Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 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


  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.


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


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57 comments on “Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Sandwiches”

  1. I like how you roll, making recipes up on the fly! This looks so good Aimee! Love crockpot recipes!

  2. 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!

  3. Craving this for lunch AND dinner. I love anything crockpot too…makes me feel like I have a personal chef 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. This looks awesome, and I love that the slow cooker does pretty much all the work for you!

  7. 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.

  8. How delicious! Yummy! 🙂 Pinned it!

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

    Pinning to save!

  10. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    I love everything about this! Pinned to try 🙂

  11. Love this! Now when can I come over for dinner?

  12. Totally love this! They look wonderful and delicious and it is even better with the slow cooker!

  13. I love all your dinners Aimee! I’m so making this sometime!

  14. nessa

    I want to live inside that sandwich!

  15. I need to have that sandwich ASAP! It looks wonderful! 🙂

  16. 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

  17. 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!!!

  18. 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. 😀

  19. Sounds super yummy. I love spinach and anything with roasted red peppers!

  20. 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!

  21. I have to stop looking at this post, it’s making me too hungry!

  22. I absolutely love this! You’re really inspiring me to take out my slow cooker more often! I even used it this past weekend : )

  23. 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:)

  24. OMG…I’m so hungry now! This looks amazing!

  25. Yum! Love the spinach used in this sandwiches!!

  26. Julie L

    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!

  27. Lindsay

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

  28. tiziana

    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! 🙂

  29. Angalee

    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?

  30. Angela K

    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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. Courtney M.

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

  34. 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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  36. Vicki Gilsinger

    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?

  37. Crystal

    Can you use fresh spinach instead of frozen for this recipe?

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