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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

So easy to throw into the Crock-Pot and go: 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken gets most of its flavor from giardiniera! Sometimes, simple is good.

If you ever just crave a good pulled chicken sandwich, the Crock-Pot makes it so, so easy! You have to love a good dump-and-go dinner, and today’s 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken is about as simple as it gets. The kids and I all enjoyed chicken sandwiches, fruit, & chips for dinner, with plenty of chicken left over for lunch the next day!

Note: I used Chicago-style giardiniera here, which I picked up at my local ALDI. The hot was pretty darn spicy, but mild will still have a good flavor without as much of the heat: Choose your poison. 🙂

Pulled chicken sandwich with giardiniera

I highly recommend serving your Italian pulled chicken on French rolls with a mild cheese to balance out the flavors. (If you’re low carb, instead try making a bowl and topping it with melted mozzarella.)

You might also be wondering what to do with the other half of your jar of giardiniera and box of broth. Well, I’ll tell you! Try cooking up this 30 minute beef & cabbage stir fry with giardiniera, for a deliciously different dinner. One flavorful ingredient sometimes just makes a dish, and giardiniera does it for both of these recipes.

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

crock-pot shredded chicken ingredients

Ingredients

2.5-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup (half of a 16 oz jar) Chicago-style giardiniera
2 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)

Directions

Trim the chicken and add it to the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour the broth over the chicken.

add gardiniera to the chicken in the pot

Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, then top it with the garlic and giardiniera.

finished chicken before shredding

Cook on low for 5-6 hours, then shred. You can choose to scoop the peppers out at this point, or leave them in for an extra kick. (I left mine in.)

shred the chicken for sandwiches

It will look like a lot of liquid at first, but as you shred the chicken in, you just get juicy chicken with a bit of liquid left for dipping, if desired.

Recommended: Serve your pulled Italian chicken on French or deli rolls along with a mild cheese such as mozzarella or jack. Or, if you’re low carb, make yourself a bowl topped with cheese. Drizzle the rolls with the juices from the crock for extra flavor, too!

Note: My chicken was still very slightly frozen in the middle when I put it in, and shred easily at the 6 hour mark. If yours is fully thawed, it will likely be ready at 5-5.5 hours.

Italian Chicken is a nice change of pace

So easy to throw into the Crock-Pot and go: 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken gets most of its flavor from giardiniera!

Italian beef is delicious, but Italian chicken is also delicious — and makes for a nice change of pace sometimes. I served mine here on Turano French rolls with Monterey jack cheese, which paired really well. Mozzarella would also be good; choose a mild cheese to mellow everything out.

And for an alternative: Very old recipes, anyone? If you’re looking for a more tomato-based shredded Italian chicken for sandwiches, try my slow cooker Italian pulled chicken sandwiches recipe instead. Or, if you’re looking for a more traditional Italian beef: Four ingredient slow cooker Italian beef might be your jam.

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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

So easy to throw into the Crock-Pot and go: 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Italian Chicken gets most of its flavor from giardiniera!
Course dinner
Cuisine slow cooker
Keyword 5 ingredients, chicken sandwiches, crock-pot, Italian pulled chicken, pulled chicken, slow cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 2.5-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Chicago-style giardiniera half of a 16 oz jar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic about 4 cloves

Instructions

  • Trim the chicken and add it to the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour the broth over the chicken.
  • Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, then top it with the garlic and giardiniera.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours, then shred. You can choose to scoop the peppers out at this point, or leave them in for an extra kick. (I left mine in.)
  • It will look like a lot of liquid at first, but as you shred the chicken in, you just get juicy chicken with a bit of liquid left for dipping, if desired.
  • Recommended: Serve your pulled Italian chicken on French or deli rolls along with a mild cheese such as mozzarella or jack. Or, if you’re low carb, make yourself a bowl topped with cheese. Drizzle the rolls with the juices from the crock for extra flavor, too!

Notes

My chicken was still very slightly frozen in the middle when I put it in, and shred easily at the 6 hour mark. If yours is fully thawed, it will likely be ready at 5-5.5 hours.

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Recipe Rating




Anne

Friday 20th of August 2021

Have made this twice now & we love it. All the good flavors of an Italian beef, but leaner, easier, and cheaper. It’s a keeper!

Sarah

Thursday 1st of July 2021

This was delicious! We cooked it in the instant pot on 10 minutes high pressure and a 10 minute natural release. Will definitely make again!

Sarah

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Thank you so much! Going to try this tonight!

Sarah

Monday 28th of June 2021

Have you ever made this in an instant pot or pressure cooker? Any idea how long to cook? Love your recipes!!!

rachel

Monday 28th of June 2021

I have not, I really prefer my slow cooker. :) But, it has enough liquid to work well in the IP: You could set the timing by your own favorite shredded chicken IP recipe, but I'd do 10 minutes on high, then natural release for 10.

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