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Slow-Cooker Chicken Chipotle Sandwiches

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 3 hr 25 min
  • Servings 6

Chipotle chiles give this classic Mexican “torta” its spicy, smoky flavor, which is paired nicely with quick-pickled red onion, fresh queso and creamy avocado slices. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1/2
cup Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes (from 14.5-oz can)
2
chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 1/2
teaspoons chili powder
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
2
lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1
cup water
1/2
cup apple cider vinegar
1
tablespoon sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1
small red onion, thinly sliced (1 cup)
6
torta or hoagie rolls, split
1/2
cup crumbled queso fresco
1
avocado, sliced

Steps

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  • 1
    In small bowl, beat tomatoes, chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper with whisk.
  • 2
    Spray 3- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour tomato mixture over chicken. Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat water, vinegar, sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt with whisk until dissolved. Place onion in small bowl; pour vinegar mixture over onion. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour; drain.
  • 4
    In slow cooker, use two forks to shred chicken. Using slotted spoon, divide chicken among rolls. Top with a few of the red onion slices, a sprinkling of queso fresco and a few slices of avocado. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • If you can’t find queso fresco, which is a mild, white Mexican cheese, Monterey Jack can be substituted.
  • Chipotles in adobo are smoked and dried jalapeños rehydrated and canned in a sweet and tangy purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic and other spices. You can often find them in the ethnic aisle of the grocery store.
  • Crusty rolls work best in this recipe -- they'll hold the juicy chicken mixture and keep the roll from becoming too soft.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
Calories from Fat
150
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
25%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
23%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
155mg
51%
Sodium
1650mg
69%
Potassium
540mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate
46g
15%
Dietary Fiber
4g
17%
Sugars
9g
Protein
41g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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