Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Nobody wants to heat the house up in the summer by turning the oven on.  Especially when you’ve been outside all day, and you’re already hot, sticky, and sweaty.  Bleh. On those days crock pots can be a life saver.
These Chicken Caesar Sandwiches are a nice change up from your typical Pulled Pork or BBQ Chicken Sandwich.  If you like Caesar Salads you’ll probably be a fan of these too.  They’d be great for any summer pot lucks, barbecues, or family reunions as well (easy to feed the masses).
Some ladies from my church had a lunch gathering yesterday and brought these along to share.  The recipe makes 12 sandwiches and I halved all of mine.  I came home empty handed so that must mean something….
Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 bottle of your favorite Caesar Dressing (I used Brianna’s Asiago Caesar) OR 1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup plus one packet Caesar Dressing mix
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
12 french hamburger buns or buns of your choice (about 2 1/2 inch)
Place chicken in a 3-4 quart slow cooker, cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours.
Remove chicken from cooker using a slotted spoon.  Place on a cutting board and pull chicken into shreds.
Place chicken back in the cooker and pour dressing (or cream of chicken plus dressing packet), Parmesan cheese, parsley, and pepper over the top.  I only used about 3/4 of the bottle of dressing.  Stir until mixed evenly. Cover and cook on high heat for 30-35 minutes or until mixture is hot. 
Spoon 1/4 cup mixture onto lettuce in each bun and serve!
I could not for the life of me find a packet of Caesar Dressing Mix, so I opted for a bottle of dressing and it turned out great.  So I listed both options.

adapted from Betty Crocker



  1. Rebel Mel June 24, 2011

    What a good idea! Such a good alternative to chicken salad… Cause I HATE mayo.

    Only thing that could make this better? Diced pickles :)

  2. Julia June 24, 2011

    What a delicious slow cooker recipe. Oh those church folk, they love them some good crockpot meals 😉 And pie, they love pie, what’s with that?

  3. Zach and Lauren June 27, 2011

    My sister made these for our family birthday party yesterday and they were a hit! Thought I would let you know:)

  4. claire June 27, 2011

    this is getting bookmarked! looks delicious!

  5. Alicia June 30, 2011

    Looks delicious!

  6. Vintage Precious June 30, 2011

    My mouth is watering!! Can’t wait to make these! Thanks!

  7. Anonymous July 7, 2011

    Do you add water in the crock pot when you cook the chicken or just throw the chicken in there dry?

  8. @ anonymous – I didn’t add any water, I was skeptical too but it worked!

  9. Heather August 7, 2011

    I didnt’ add any liquid to the chicken either. These sandwiches were delicious!

  10. paperjunk-lc December 21, 2011

    I bet you could cook the with the Cesar dressing. That’s how I do taco meat I put the chicken breasts in the crockpot and cover with picante sauce. Makes the perfect taco, quesadilla or nacho meat.

  11. Rose January 7, 2012

    I love chicken Caesar salad. This recipe sounds amazing!

    I included this recipe in a recipe edition of my Saturday Link List on my blog today.
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    Have a great weekend!

  12. Heather April 4, 2012

    We have had these several times now, they are a hit even with my super picky husband.

  13. Heather April 4, 2012

    These are a hit in our house, I have made them several times now. Even my super picky husband loves them.

  14. star9x July 24, 2012

    these were fantastic.. i even added some thin sliced carrots and some onions to the mix at the end.. delicious! and i bet the leftovers will be good cold! :)

  15. Anonymous November 12, 2012

    Do you drain the chicken fat? It seems so liquidy…

  16. Allison December 24, 2012

    So glad I saw this recipe. Making it today. I appreciate the comments about adding the chicken with no other liquid because I was concerned about that. My 18 y-o DS eats chicken Caesar salad whenever it’s on a menu, so counting on this to be a hit with him. :)

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  19. Raianna June 18, 2013

    I just put the chicken and that is it in the crock pot for 6 hours? Do you think it would be the same if I boiled the chicken and shredded it and then did the last 35-45 minutes with all the dressing in the crock pot? I am trying to save some time since I want this tonight and didn’t prepare for it hehe!

    • Kristy June 18, 2013

      You could probably do that, it won’t absorb as much flavor but I think would still be good!!

      • Liz November 17, 2014

        Absorb what flavor exactly? Instructions say to cook chicken in crockpot alone (no other ingredients)
        for 6 hrs first.

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