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Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Just put a few ingredients in to the crockpot and you’ll have one of your favorite meals for a busy night!

Yield: 12 sliders (about 6 servings) 1x
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 3 hoursTotal: 3 hours 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/22 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 jar (24 ounce) or 3 cups all-natural marinara sauce (or make your own)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons fresh pre-minced garlic
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed in hand
  • 12 slider wheat buns or rolls (or make your own)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices of Provolone cheese, cut into fourths (sub: Mozzarella cheese slices)

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Instructions

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  1. Lightly season all sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts, marinara sauce, garlic (optional), and Italian seasoning (optional) to a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on LOW for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Chicken is done when it shreds easily and is white all the way through (or registers 165°F internally). Shred with two forks.
  3. Optional: Preheat the broiler. Open up the buns and place them on a sheet pan, insides facing up. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until toasted. Watch closely so they don’t burn!
  4. To build a sandwich place some hot shredded chicken on a bun, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, top with two little pieces of Provolone or Mozzarella cheese, and pop the top of the bun in place.* Enjoy!

*If you’d like, place the sliders (open faced) on the sheet pan and broil for a 1 minute to melt the cheese.

Freeze For Later:

Option #1 (Uncooked): Place raw chicken and marinara (and any optional seasonings) into a freezer-safe container or gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze. You can also wrap up the cheese slices and rolls tightly and freeze. Keep all ingredients in a grocery sack in the freezer, so the meal components are together.

Option #2 (Fully Cooked): Fully cook, shred, and cool the chicken. Place in a freezer-safe container or zip top bag. You can also wrap up the cheese slices and rolls tightly and freeze. Keep all ingredients in a grocery sack in the freezer, so the meal components are together.

Prepare From Frozen:

Option #1 (Uncooked): Thaw everything in the fridge for 24-48 hours. Place chicken and marinara into the slow cooker and follow steps 3-4.

Option #2 (Fully Cooked): Thaw everything in the fridge for 24-48 hours. If chicken is still partially frozen, use the defrost setting on the microwave. Warm chicken mixture over medium-low on the stove, in a slow cooker on low setting, or in the microwave. Serve according to the instructions in Step 4 above.

© Author: Thriving Home
Cuisine: American Method: Slow Cooker