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Slow-Cooker Bacon-Ranch Chicken Melts

Slow-Cooker Bacon-Ranch Chicken Melts
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

For an easy, satisfying meal, this recipe for bacon-ranch seasoned chicken sandwiches is sure to please. ...MORE+ LESS-

Cindy Rahe Cindy Rahe
May 11, 2015

Ingredients

4
or 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/2
cup unsalted Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
2
tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix
5
slices bacon
8
burger buns
4
tablespoons butter, softened
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
Thinly sliced green onions and/or pickled jalapeño slices, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken breasts evenly with salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts in single layer in slow cooker. In measuring cup, beat chicken broth and ranch seasoning with whisk. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on High heat setting 4 hours.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat oven to 375º F. Place bacon on cookie sheet lined with cooking parchment paper. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cool slightly before crumbling or slicing into bits.
  • 3
    When chicken is done, carefully remove to cutting board, and shred using 2 forks. Place shredded chicken back into broth in slow cooker.
  • 4
    Set oven control to broil. Butter each bun half, and place on cookie sheet, butter sides up. Broil with tops 6 inches from heat for a minute or two or until golden brown. Remove from oven, leaving broiler on, and set top buns aside. Pile some of the chicken onto each bottom bun; top with cheese, green onions and/or jalapeños, and place back under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbling. Top with top buns, and serve warm.

Expert Tips

  • I like to use unsalted broth so I can control the sodium in the dish myself. If you use salted broth, reduce the salt you season the chicken with.
  • Even though chicken breasts can often become dry, placing the shredded chicken back into the broth keeps the chicken both moist and flavorful.
  • Though these melts certainly don’t need it, a smear of ranch dressing on the buns would be a delicious idea!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
26%
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
930mg
39%
Potassium
290mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
24g
8%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
4g
Protein
28g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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