Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Um, yum. Those are about the only coherent words I can put together thinking about this meal. While I won’t go so far as to say these are authentic Philly chicken cheesesteaks (is that even how they are termed in Philly?), they are a delicious take on that type of recipe and are so, so easy thanks to the slow cooker.

I know the weather is warming up and you might not be inclined to pull out your slow cooker now that the cold, winter months are over, but I find that I actually use my slow cooker just as much in the summer as I do in the winter because it doesn’t heat up my house like using the oven or stovetop can. So if you don’t already, I’m thinking you should definitely get on board with that philosophy too so I can keep sharing summer slow cooker recipes!

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

This recipe couldn’t be more simple – green peppers, onions, and chicken are layered in the slow cooker with a delicious, flavorful seasoning blend and cooked until the chicken and veggies are tender. Stuffed onto a toasted bun with melted provolone cheese and you have one killer sandwich. A perfect recipe for serving company (it could be easily doubled or tripled in a larger slow cooker) or just for a busy weeknight when you can throw it in the slow cooker in advance, this has quickly become a family favorite.

While you could certainly use storebought hoagie buns, when time permits, I like to make up a double or triple batch of these fluffy whole wheat dinner rolls and shape them into hoagie buns keeping them in the freezer for easy access. I’m a huge sandwich-for-dinner fan and this recipe only solidified that little fact. Soft, fresh bread loaded with tender chicken, peppers and onions, and smothered in creamy, melted Provolone? Like I said earlier: um, yum.

What To ServeChips and/or fresh vegetables and hummus
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Fresh fruit or Honey Lime Fruit Salad

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Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Yield: Serves 6

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

If using frozen chicken breasts, use the longer length of cooking time (about 6-7 hours) and only use about 1/4 cup chicken broth. Also, instead of tossing the frozen chicken breasts with the seasoning mixture, just sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the top after they have been placed in the slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon paprika (regular or smoked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 green peppers, cored and sliced
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, peeled and sliced into half moons
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Sliced provolone
  • Whole wheat hoagie buns (I use this Whole Wheat Dinner Roll recipe but shape the rolls into longer hoagie buns using this method)

Directions

  1. Lightly grease a 5-quart (or similar sized) slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, pepper, salt, garlic powder, coriander, red pepper flakes and thyme.
  3. Place the green peppers and onions in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the seasoning mixture over the top.
  4. Toss the chicken with the rest of the seasoning mixture. Layer the chicken on the top of the green peppers and onions.
  5. Pour the chicken broth inside around the edges of the crockpot.
  6. Cook on low for 5-7 hours until the chicken is tender (over cooking the chicken may make it a bit dry so only cook it until the chicken is cooked through and tender). Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred into pieces. Set aside.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, remove the peppers and onions to a plate. Pour out all the liquid into a bowl or liquid measure.
  8. Place the chicken, peppers and onions back in the slow cooker and toss. Pour in enough liquid to keep the chicken moist (but not soggy) - about 1/4 cup to start and add as needed. Keep the slow cooker on warm or low until ready to serve.
  9. Toast the buns under the oven broiler. Place chicken and peppers on each half of a bun and top with Provolone cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and slightly bubbly. Serve warm.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/slow-cooker-chicken-philly-sandwiches/

Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (inspired by this recipe I found on Pinterest)

41 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

  1. Hilary says:

    These look delicious!! I live in Philly, and although I would be hesitant to love any other cheesesteak or roast pork w broccoli rabe, I bet I will love these!!! Making them tomorrow, as I already have the flank steak marinating!

  2. Sheila says:

    Um, yum. Thanks to you, Mel, my freezer is stocked full over the hot summer months when we want to be “out playing” instead of me in cooking. One of our very favorite freezer stocked sandwiches is your Philly Cheesesteak Calzone. Everyone including company loves them not to mention your Italian Beef. Thank you for continually making my life so much easier with this crock pot recipe and all the others that keeps my family looking so forward to the dinner table or trip to the freezer!

  3. Looks delish! I always love a big, overstuffed sandwich like this. :) I’ll have to check out that whole wheat dinner roll recipe, too.

  4. Girl, I need new slow cooker recipes in the worst way. This is perfect for Summer — LOVE!!

  5. Cindy says:

    Looks wonderful! Do you discard the onion or use the pepper and onion mixture?

  6. Jamie says:

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to make them! Thank you, Mel! :)

  7. Kim in MD says:

    This looks so delicious, especially with your homemade rolls. One summer a few years ago, it was so hot here in Maryland and I didn’t tuen my oven on for the entire summer! I used my slow cooker (most of your recipes!) and made lots of salads. Slow cooker recipes are perfect when the mercury soars!

  8. Teresa R. says:

    Another great recipe! Thank you, I will be making these this weekend.

  9. Becky says:

    Keep the summer-y slow cooker meals coming! This looks amazing!

    Oh, a couple of friends and I talk about you like we know you because we cook from your blog all the time. Weird? Maybe :) A huge compliment? For SURE!

    Have a great weekend!

  10. tahnycooks says:

    Breaking out the slow cooker right now! Loving this recipe!

  11. Ashlee T says:

    Mel these look awesome!! Yum. Yum. Yumm. I love a good sandwhich. I love easy dinners!! I have three small minions under age 5 so easy and yummy are my two fav words when it comes to dinner making. thank you!! I’ll be making these tonight!

  12. Bluebelle says:

    They look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Gigi says:

    I’m a philly girl and these may not be “traditional” but they look delish..actually, I’m sure they are because you have never failed me ! I use your pizza dough recipe to make a buffalo chicken Stromboli and it is always better than any pizza shop. You rock my socks Mel.

  14. This is perfect for summer. You don’t even have to bother with the barbecue, which I don’t have this year anyway. Sandwich and salad and you are good—-hot or cold.

  15. Jen T says:

    My crock pot is my best friend in the summer so keep these recipes coming. This looks amazing! We love your Italian Beef sandwiches, and this will be great to add to the dinner rotation. Thanks!

  16. Alice E says:

    Looks good to me! I’ve got some boneless chicken breasts in the freezer just waiting for inspiration. I usually use chicken bone in, so this will be different. I don’t use my crockpot as much in the winter, I’d rather use the stove and generate heat. But it is a blessing in the summer because it doesn’t heat things up.

  17. Sharon says:

    I set my slow cooker outside on a table so I don’t heat up the house at all. Trying this tomorrow.

  18. Michelle says:

    I made this today, just a stove-top version! It’s the day before grocery shopping, and I happened to already have every single ingredient. It turned out fabulous! My husband was so excited by the smell of dinner when he walked in the house! :)

    How I adapted it was that first I sauteed/caramelized a diced onion in a small cast iron pan. I used a little olive oil & butter. While those were cooking, I cut up the pepper and chicken (which I cut into large pieces & rubbed with the seasoning). I then sauteed the pepper in a large pan, threw then into the smaller pan with onions when they were done, then cooked the chicken in a large skillet. I used your method for cooking them and adding chicken broth when cooking the 2nd side. Then I sliced the chicken when it was done & assembled the sandwiches, and we loved them! I will definitely be making this again, either stove-top or crockpot! :)

  19. Joan says:

    Mel, I let a friend borrow my crockpot, and now I need to get a new one. Would you be able to recommend a good slow cooker so I can make this chicken philly sandwich ASAP!!! Thanks! :-). Joan

    • Mel says:

      Hi Joan – the slow cookers I’ve had have been in my life for over 10 years so I’m afraid I don’t have a great current recommendation but the ones I have are the Rival brand (I have a 4/5 quart and a larger, oval 7/8 quart) and they’ve held up great over the years!

  20. Marci says:

    I bought a bunch of chicken tenders on sale today, do you think I could use those in this recipe? Or would they overcook?

    • Mel says:

      Marci – I think there’s a good chance they would work out ok but I’d cut down the cooking time by an hour or so (if not more) – you really only want to cook it until the chicken is just done and really tender.

  21. These look great! I’m a big fan of food that can go straight into the crock pot while still frozen. It’s such a time saver!

  22. Amy tracy says:

    We are eating this right now! Yum!!! Used pepperJack cheese, beyond good

  23. StephenC says:

    You probably know that Philly cheesesteaks are made with steak. But that doesn’t make this idea any less appealing.

  24. I’m always amazed at how much a slow cooker can do. I really need to pull mine out :)

  25. Sheila says:

    Made for a cookout today! So easy and yet flavorful and delicious!

  26. KimM in WA says:

    Made this last night and we loved it, so simple but so flavorful. Will definitely be making these again and again. Thank you.

  27. Rachel says:

    Delicious, Mel! I love a good slow cooker meal and this did not disappoint. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Megan says:

    Yummy and easy. Highly recommend broiling the bread. Shred the meat lightly, as mixing in the veggies will shred it more. My house smelled heavenly all day.

  29. Staci says:

    This was a hit! And the leftovers made some dang tasty quesadillas. Thanks for another good one Mel!

  30. Brittany says:

    Could this be made into a freezer meal? If so how would you go about doing it?

  31. Robin says:

    Maybe someone has already said this — FYI for smaller portion: I used two large frozen chicken breasts (like the kind Costco sells in the big bag) and it only took 4 1/2 hours cooking time on low. Very tender. Thanks for the recipe.

  32. Annette says:

    I made these for my husband and 3-year-old daughter and myself tonight and they were a hit! Thanks for another winner Mel!

  33. Lori says:

    I’m a Philly girl and although this is very far from the traditional Philly cheesesteaks it is by far one of the best recipes I’ve tried! The first time I made this I served it on potato hambuger rolls and it was DELICIOUS. I made it again on Monday and served it with brown rice. Again heavenly. Today I had some leftover chicken and tossed it in my homemade chicken noodle soup. It took chicken noodle soup to another level. YUM YUM YUM! Thanks so much Mel. This will be on heavy rotation for dinners!

  34. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I made them yesterday. We all enjoyed them. Mild enough for the kids. My husband and I put banana peppers on ours. MMmm. thanks!

  35. Pam says:

    We had these last night and they were delicious! The prep work was really quick and simple. These will definitely be in our regular rotation. Thanks for another winner!

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