Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this freezer-friendly recipe. These sandwiches taste just like Chicken Parmesan. They are absolutely tender, flavorful, and a family favorite! You will make this again and again.
- 1 (28 ounce) jar of marinara sauce (Recommended: Newman’s Own Marinara) or 3 1/2 cups of Homemade Marinara Sauce
- 1 1/2 – 2 lbs fresh or frozen medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts (we love the ones from Butcher Box)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 12 mini wheat buns
- 12 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
Make It Now:
- Place marinara and chicken in the Instant Pot.
- Lock and seal the lid. Cook for 7 minutes at high pressure. (Note: If using frozen chicken, cook for 15 minutes at high pressure). When cook time is done, use quick release of the pressure. (Chicken is done when it reaches 165°F internally or no longer has pink inside.)
- Remove the chicken to a wooden cutting board and shred with two forks. Return to the pot. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
- Serve warm on a mini bun and top with a slice of cheese.
Freeze For Later: Place raw chicken breasts and marinara in a gallon-sized freezer bag or round freezer container. Seal and freeze. (Tip: Freeze the bag inside a medium-sized bowl until solid, so it’s the shape of the Instant Pot.) Freeze a small bag of the Provolone and a small bag of the Parmesan cheese along with the chicken to create a meal kit. Place all of the meal components in a grocery sack or 2.5 gallon freezer bag to keep it together in the freezer.
Prepare From Frozen: Turn on the Saute function. Saute the frozen meal for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Follow Steps 2-4, except cook for 15-20 minutes with a quick release.
Tip: Open the buns and place on a sheet pan with the insides facing up. Then, broil for 1-2 minutes to get them toasted. This helps prevent a soggy bun when you build your sandwich.
Slow Cooker Instructions: You can make these in the slow cooker using these directions.
Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free buns/rolls.
Where We Get Our Chicken: We get our chicken from ButcherBox. The chicken is organic and curated from trusted farms. We highly recommend this service to source healthy meat–like uncured bacon, wild salmon, and grass-fed beef–and have used it for years ourselves.