Step by Step Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches Recipe

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When my husband and find ourselves incredibly bored, you might find us having morbid discussions. Not weird or creepy but more like planning strategies … where do you want me to put your ashes?, will you remarry?, who will go first?semi-normal stuff.

Sometimes we even talk about the last thing you would want to eat before you die. His answer changes often but for me, it’s a big bowl of pitted black olives and the best chicken parmigiana the world has to offer. It’s one Italian dish I just never get tired of but you also won’t find the the best in my kitchen. Until I figure out the secret to making this dish incredible, I venture out and try simpler versions … like these chicken parmigiana sandwiches.

Of course these are far from authentic because the chicken isn’t breaded but a girl has to save herself from a few calories where she can.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches Recipe |

I still have some ideas on tweaking this recipe but I thought I’d share it as a great starting point. There’s lots of incredible flavor packed in these sandwiches but it doesn’t have the wow-factor yet. The best part … after 5 sandwiches, there is still plenty of sauce for two leftover meals. You could do chicken spaghetti, a chicken dip for pita chips, some sort of tomato based soup or whatever you can come up with.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches Recipe | Food Family & Finds


TIP – Skip the expensive fresh herbs and try adding a few drops of basil essential oil to the sauce for fresh Italian flavor!

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches Recipe
Cook Time
Total Time
Type: slow cooker
Cuisine: italian
Serves: 6+
  • 29 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 14.5 ounces canned petite diced tomatoes
  • 12 ounces canned tomato paste
  • 2 cups sweet yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped (about 2 cloves)
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped (about 6 leaves)
  • 3-4 large THAWED/FRESH boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • 4-6 hard rolls
  • butter
  1. Start the slow cooker on low heat.
  2. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and stir until combined.
  3. Add onions, garlic, stir.
  4. Add parsley, oregano, bay leaves, basil and stir.
  5. Set chicken breast on top of the sauce, sprinkle generously with salt/pepper, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  6. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  7. Slice the hard rolls in half and toast on a hot buttered skillet.
  8. Use tongs to grab chunks of the chicken, tapping the excess sauce into the pot before adding to your roll.
  9. Top with a generous sprinkling of grated parmesan, sliced mozzarella and serve.


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  1. Ellen B says

    I was just saying a couple of minutes ago that I am going to order a slow cooker this weekend – still have no idea what kind to buy but I think this may be the first recipe I try – looks great

  2. says

    Hubby thanks you – he loves shredded chicken! Never thought to do this in a slow cooker and then mozz – you’re a genius woman!

  3. Stefanie says

    This looks really good, one tweek I know I’m going to add is a little sugar and/or lemon juice to cut the canned tomato taste. I use one or both to taste anytime I use can tomatoes. I hope this helps.

  4. Bridget says

    I cant wait to do this! I am going to shred carrots and red and yellow peppers into it at well and maybe some chopped spinach to boost the veggie content cus we all know that once you cover it in cheese the kids will never know! Thanks for sharing I cant wait!

  5. Savannah says

    If my crock pot isn’t very big and all my chicken doesn’t fit right on the top with out having to overlap, does it matter if I push them down into the sauce, or would that affect the chicken?

    • says

      Hi Savannah (love your name – we almost named our daughter Savannah) … it won’t matter if you push it into the sauce since the chicken will be shredded into it anyways. If you’re using a smaller crock pot you might want to cut the recipe in half. I always use a 7qt one.