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Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Preparation 18 min. 2017-08-17T00:18:00+00:00 Cook Time 4-6 hours 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 4 cups     adjust servings

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Dressing

  • 2 5.3-ounce containers nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or about a scant 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon black pepper

For Serving

  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Whole wheat buns or whole wheat pita pockets
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Additional Parmesan cheese, if desired

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and add water.
  2. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper on chicken.
  3. Cook for 4-5 hours on high, or 5-6 hours on low, until chicken is thoroughly cooked but still moist and fall-apart tender. (See note.)
  4. Meanwhile, stir together Greek yogurt, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, vinegar, soy sauce, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1/16 teaspoon pepper. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. (You can make the dressing ahead of time and cover and refrigerate it until needed.)
  5. Near the end of cooking (and preferably about 30 minutes before serving), check chicken to be sure it's fully cooked and then shred cooked chicken (using two forks). Stir reserved Caesar dressing into chicken in crock pot, and then continue cooking for about 30 minutes more, to allow flavors to meld. (See note.)
  6. Immediately before serving, stir in fresh parsley and remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve on whole wheat buns or in whole wheat pita pockets with Romaine lettuce, and garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

Slow cooker variations: The exact heat and speed of cooking can vary between different slow cookers. Some slow cookers, especially newer models, may cook hotter and faster than others. Our research has also led us to believe that some models allow for imperceptible evaporation of liquid (although you’d expect that no liquid would be lost when using a slow cooker), which can leave your recipes less saucy and moist. Because this particular recipe uses very little liquid, it’s particularly sensitive to these variations. No need to worry – it’s delicious even when cooked until it’s a bit drier, particularly since the creamy Caesar dressing adds moisture. The key is simply to control the cook time and temperature to yield the most juicy, fall-apart-tender result.

Adding Caesar dressing: For best results, leave the Caesar dressing and chicken in the crock pot for 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to develop and meld together. You can eat the sandwiches immediately after stirring in the Caesar dressing, but the flavors may be stronger and more pronounced.

Recipe wording updated slightly for clarity 4/7/17.