May 9, 2013

It came to be that time for me – the moment in every young cook’s life when their knife skills get the best of them. (To be clear, I do not even have mad chef knife skills). I cut myself. Stitches happened. The husband and knight in shining armor came to the rescue as is typical of him. I trust you will all have less drama making these sandwiches! I love these because they are a crockpot thing that when brought together with just a few other ingredients, feels really fresh and not crockpot-ish.

A great meal to eat with some good potato chips or sliced up carrots. It’s fresh and I love the caesar dressed chicken with the creaminess of the avocado.

Lastly, to me, these easy homemade hamburger buns make all the difference!

Serves eight

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups caesar dressing
1 cup parmesan, shredded
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (1 tablespoon dried)
2 teaspoons pepper
8 hamburger buns
1 cup spring mix lettuce
2 avocados, sliced

Arrange chicken breasts in base of slow cooker. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return chicken to basin and stir in caesar dressing, parmesan, parsley, and pepper. Cook on low for 30 minutes.

Remove and serve on buns with spring mix and avocado slices.

4.3 from 17 reviews
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups caesar dressing
  • 1 cup parmesan, shredded
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped (1 tablespoon dried)
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 1 cup spring mix lettuce
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  1. Arrange chicken breasts in base of slow cooker. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return chicken to basin and stir in caesar dressing, parmesan, parsley, and pepper. Cook on low for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove and serve on buns with spring mix and avocado slices.

Adapted from Sweet Treats and More.

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  • Eric

    This just won tonight’s dinner lottery! I’m wondering if it would be odd to add a few veggies like green onions and celery? Just to beef up its veggie game a bit? I would add them in the last 30 minutes with the dressing. What do you think? Thanks for the recipe!

  • Portia

    Just made this. As easy as this is to make and with so few ingredients, this is an absolutely delicious sandwich! I can see this also being cold over romaine lettuce with no bun to cut carbs or hot over a bed of rice. But for now gonna enjoy it the way the recipe was written. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Kathy

    Can you chill this for a cold sandwich

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  • Adrienne

    Do you use a creamy ceasar ? Or can it be a lily ceasar ?

  • Carina

    Delicious! I’ve used this recipe a few times now and I absolutely love it! I’ve made some changes and added my own little twist to it. I use more dressing and cheese than what’s called for. Also, I use one teaspoon of pepper and a blend of parmesan, romano, and asiago cheese. I highly recommend trying it with toasted ciabatta bread with garlic butter, it’s like a giant crouton! This last time around I happened to have some bacon on hand and added it, it was outstanding! Thank you very much for sharing this recipe, I know my family and I will enjoy it for many, many years to come!

  • Pam

    Made this for dinner last night! I thought it was so simple and delicious!! Thank you. I did reduce the pepper and still thought it was a little too “peppery”.

  • So glad I found this on Pinterest! I searched for chicken and picnic and up this popped. I made it for a small outdoor party with friends and made it again the next day to enjoy as lunch all week! I love how simple but tasty it is and how the crock pot allowed me to throw it in while getting other things done around the house! I’ll be sharing the recipe on my own blog (with proper crediting, of course).

  • Csaba Nyerges

    Thank you !

  • Nicole

    Made these for our supper last night! They were so easy and SOO SOOO good!

  • Kevin

    MSN linked to this recipe for what was supposed to be Beer, Cheese and Chicken on a pretzel roll so to my surprise when I did not see this staring back at me. Not that this does not look scrumptious, because it does, but I had my heart set on that pretzel roll of goodness. Now, I have taken the time to go thru your recipe categories; chicken, sandwiches and even slow cooker and did not find the recipe. Then I took to the search function and searched for both beer and pretzel, nada. I am just hoping that maybe it has not been posted on your site yet and that it will come soon. Other than that, I found many great recipes I cant wait to try at home.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Sorry Kevin. I believe that was a mistake by MSN.

  • Lazy

    So… because I just got off work and was feeling lazy the way I did this was sprinkle some Italian seasoning and parsley on the breasts and cook them in the oven on 400. Then I shredded the breasts and eyeballed in the Caesar and parm and mixed it all up.

    Was super good though, so thanks for the inspiration! (Oh and I used baby spinach instead of romaine cuz that’s what I had.)

  • Gabriela

    If the chicken is frozen how long do I leave it in the crockpot for?

  • Chris

    Made this tonight and it was great!! I diced up two chipotle peppers and threw them in with the dressing. I’m from Texas so everything’s gotta have a kick. I highly recommend it.

  • caitlin

    I made these this week and have to say they are awesome and so easy! They got high praise for my boyfriend too. I used LiteHouse Greek yogurt Caesar (love that stuff) to keep them lighter. This would be great to make in a bigger batch to please a crowd. I’m sure even picky kids would love them.

  • Tiffany

    I want to make this for a bridal shower. I am wondering how it is cold? Yes, No? Thoughts?

    • Rachel Schultz

      I like it cold too!

  • Heather

    I just made this tonight. SO GOOD! I toasted the bun and it’s liking eating a salad wrapped in a buttery crouton. Will totally make again

  • Carol H.

    Made these exactly as stated and everyone loved it!

  • scott

    Just wondering why you slow cook chicken breast for 3-4 hours in a crock pot? Simply putting them in a saucepan with 2-3 cups of chicken stock and simmering on medium for 20 minutes would give you a tender breast that’s moist and flavorful. You are simply poaching in the same way, but utilizing water and cooking for 3-4 hours assures a flavorless and tougher breast. The additional 30 minutes cooking after mixing can be done in the same saucepan on medium/low.

    So in my view better, more flavorful, results can be obtained in less than a third of the time and electricity use by poaching for 20 min, cooling, shredding, mixing and reheating all in a simple saucepan.

    • Dana

      The reason we are reading a recipe that requires cooking the recipe in a crockpot is because THESE ARE CROCKPOT RECIPE IDEAS! lol There are obviously many ways to cook chicken but this page is dedicated to crockpot ideas. :-)

  • This is cooking in my crock pot right now and I think the results are going to be awesome. One suggestion, however: when you drain the water e chicken’s been cooking in, why not save it and freeze it or something? It is chicken broth, after all! I just love having real homemade chicken broth sitting around when a recipe calls for it.

  • What is in the small bowl in the pictures? It looks like a sauce for the sandwich but it isn’t mentioned?

    • Rachel Schultz

      It’s just extra caesar.

  • So good! I made this for the first time today. Everyone loved it either on a bun or just wrapped in a lettuce leaf . The kids wanted more so I might have to increase the amounts next time. This is going to be a regular meal in my monthly rotation from now on. Thank you.

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  • Asta

    Oh my these were amazing… Will be making these again and again and again. With 5 kids and a busy schedule these are perfect! Thank you!

  • rod

    look s really good i will to make it

  • Tonja

    Awesome! Put it on Ciabatta sandwich rolls. Great stuff!

  • Jordan T

    I’m trying this tonight, it sounds awesome. It’s unfortunate that when I pin it, I get the picture of you at the hospital. Only because it’s a food pin and not because I don’t want to see you!

    • Rachel Schultz

      You can choose any photo from the post for your pin.

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  • Roz

    Your facial expression is priceless!!

  • Bayley

    I’m slowly making my way towards a crock pot but I was wondering if this can be done with a regular over cuz this sounds too amazing to try! =]

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  • Amy C

    YEAH these were awesome! I had a few hours notice that a large contingent of my family would be coming to my house for lunch, and I frantically paged through my pinterest page to figure something out – and this popped up. I grabbed a big thing of chicken thighs and threw them in my dutch oven for 2 hours at 300, they were a total hit and easy and inexpensive. LIFE SAVER!

  • Sherry in Union, KY

    Wow, wow,wow! The only problem with eating one of these is that you’ll want a second. I usually make my own salad dressings, but this time I cheated and added Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar.

  • Anonymous

    really? that’s it?

  • Kim

    Just finished eating this for dinner and it was very tasty. I had it in the crock pot waiting for me to get dinner ready after soccer practice. It was so fast to shred up and add the last few ingredients. My husband said the recipe is a keeper and even my picky 10 year old liked it. He ate two sandwiches. Thanks for a good dinner.

    • Rachel Schultz

      So great! You’re welcome, Kim.

  • Tina

    Looooooove this! My family enjoys this inside tortillas! So yummy, thank you!

  • Kristal

    When making double the amount do I just layer the chicken on top of each other and cover with water ..

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  • Kristi

    We love this recipe so much. I have actually made it 3 times in the past 2 months!!!! Thanks so much for sharing

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great! Thanks Kristi.

  • Emily

    These are sitting in the crock pot waiting for my fiancé to come home…. I sampled and they are DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to eat them for dinner (only an hour til he is home….)

  • kyle

    Did u use a creamy ceasar dressing?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Any is fine!

  • Sue

    These are delicious! This is my second time making them…….so easy and so tasty. I serve cole slaw with them and my family loves them. Thank you!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great! Thanks Sue.

  • Anonymous

    If it makes you feel any better, I was slicing a banana two days ago sliced my thumb. Yes stitches here too (but this wasn’t my first rodeo) and a tetanus shot that has my arm swollen and sore also. So you have a new resident in Sore City. LOL. The sandwhich looks devine.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Haha! So sorry to hear that. At least the people of Sore City are well fed with caesar sandwiches.

  • Sunni

    These were a hit for dinner today! Thank you….great recipe!

  • Mary Ann Newell

    Can not wait to try them

  • Barbara

    Are these good cold too?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yep! I had them that way the next day for lunch.

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  • Stacy

    I’m new to the whole cooking scene. When you do the chicken in the crock pot is it frozen, thawed, or fresh?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Any of those are fine! I usually do thawed.

  • lisa

    I had to have stitches in my lip once, worse than having a baby! (I’ve done that too.) You know what else hurts? When you stub your toe so hard the blood builds up underneath so they have to burn a hole in your nail to relieve the pressure. Yeah, good times! Either way, I will be trying this recipe! I already ate dinner or I would try it tonight. ;)

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  • Jen

    Have you ever tried to freeze this? If so, did it work out?

  • Bobbie

    How do you use your stand mixer to shred the chicken? What attachment are you using? I’d like to make this recipe and if I can use something other than elbow grease to shred the chicken, I’m all for it!

  • Deanna

    Recipe looks good

  • Good morning!
    I follow your blog and found this recipe. We had company last night and I made it for the first time…HUGE HIT!!!!! I love love love this recipe! So good!!!!! I’m glad I have a bit of leftovers so I can have some for lunch today.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks! So glad to hear it. You’re welcome :)

  • Lauren

    Found this on Pinterest and they were delicious! I used yogurt-based caesar and it worked wonderfully! Thanks!

  • Stephanie

    Found this recipe on pinterest. We love it. Thanks so much.

    • Rachel Schultz

      You’re welcome!

  • Jennie

    I used the Walden Farms calorie free Caesar Dressing ; brings the cal count WAY down. I’m going to try mine cold tomorrow for lunch in a whole wheat pocket thin (pita). Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great tips, thanks.

  • Kelly

    Sorry you cut yourself! That’s never fun. When I was a teenager I stepped on a sewing needle at home and it went through my second toe. It hit the bone and split the needle and ended up coming out the side of my toe. :-/ My mom walked in the door to me lying on the ground in tears. I got 10 of those lovely little shots in between all of my toes. Ouch!

    This looks good and I think I’ll try it this week. I like to shred my chicken in the stand mixer because shredding chicken with forks should be illegal. ;)

    • Rachel Schultz

      Oh my goodness! What a terrible story. Yes! I want a stand mixer. I know just what you mean.

  • Anonymous

    Slow cooker chicken Cesar sandwich

  • I did use the crockpot at the end. .I grilled my chicken then shredded it into the crockpot added the ingredients and used the slow cooker for 30 minutes. It was amazing!

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  • Sarah

    Were your chicken breasts thawed? I’m curious if frozen would work and how it might adjust the cook time.

  • Anonymous

    This tasted REALLY good, but the fat content was way too high! I just ate this and realized (with my brand of caesar dressing), that 2 TBS of the dressing has about 21 grams of fat. I know we need fat in our diet, but I’m pretty sure I had a lot more than 2 TBS. I feel kinda gross now, but if you’re not worried about the fat, this tasted fantastic!

  • Karen

    Hi Rachel,
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made this for dinner and it was soooo good! I didn’t have time to cook it in the slow cooker so I cooked it on the stove and it was still good. I added sliced tomatoes on the sandwich. This is definitely a keeper!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Glad to know that works too. Thanks!

  • Sue

    I made these tonight, they were awesome! This chicken would also be very good served over pasta or served in a salad. I will have to double the recipe next time so I have plenty of leftovers!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yum! Thanks for writing.

  • Anonymous

    Delicious! I just made it for a lazy Sunday dinner (and future lunches later this week). So good.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yay! Enjoy :)

  • Christina

    Just wondering if this is meant to be served hot ? If so would it still taste just as good served cold?

    • Rachel Schultz

      We have served them both ways!

  • Rita

    Do you think you could use canned chicken? Or maybe rotessire chicken?

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  • threeunder3

    When you remove the chicken to shred it and then return it to the crock to add the remaining ingredients, do you drain the water that the chicken was originally cooking in or do you add the ingredients to the water/broth?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yes, drain the water! I’ll add that to the recipe. Thanks for the comment.

  • Laura Lyons

    Rachel, sorry you hurt yourself. But I am trying this recipe. Did you know I am a nurse? I am thinking it is good you did not go into this profession. Hope you are healing quickly and Happy Anniversary!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Laura, so great to hear from you. Yes, I did remember you’re a nurse. I’m sure you’re a far better one than I would be! I get my stitches out tomorrow. Thanks for being a part of our wedding one year ago.

  • Susan Brewer

    Several July 4ths ago, I got a fishing hook stuck in my middle finger, right next to my nail, but not through to the pad on the front. We were still on the boat outside of Key Largo and were bouncingly coming in. My husband cut off the lure and the other barbs of the treble hook, but I just couldn’t push it through to the front to get it over with. So off the ER on the fourth. And I can really sympathize with the shots. Right in the joints around finger. And more since it didn’t quite do it. And the tetanus shot. Good times! You have my sympathies.

    And this looks amazing! Will be tomorrow’s dinner! Thanks.

    • Rachel Schultz

      WOW. Your injury sounds a lot worse than mine.

  • Buonissima, grazie

  • Ann Hudson

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this, hope you have a speedy recovery. I’ve recently had the same experience with my 18 yr old daughter. She called me at work last Saturday, “Mom! I’m bleeding all over I cut my hand while slicing a bagel, help me!”. And, like you, we were off for the nearest emergency center post haste. Several stitches later we left with a care kit and instructions for keeping infection from rearing up in the wound. I’ve had stitches a few times over the years, is never pleasant no matter how many times you go through it. Best to you.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Oh man, I sympathize! She must have had a pretty bad cut for several stitches! I only had one.

      • Jean

        Did you make your own ceasar dressing or was it bottled?

        • Rachel Schultz

          I used Brianna’s brand.

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