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Slow-Cooker Tuscan-Style Chicken Sandwiches

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Slow-Cooker Tuscan-Style Chicken Sandwiches
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 7 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6
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Can't make it to a villa this year? Eat like you're at one with this pesto-bell pepper-tomato-chicken combo on slices of chewy focaccia bread.
Updated May 5, 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. (about 6) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper (from a jar), cut into bite-sized strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons purchased pesto
  • 1 (10-inch) focaccia (Italian flat bread)
  • 6 slices tomato

Steps

  • 1
    Place chicken thighs in 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with garlic, roasted pepper strips and salt.
  • 2
    Cover; cook on Low setting for 6 to 7 hours.
  • 3
    Just before serving, remove chicken from slow cooker; place on large plate. Shred chicken with 2 forks; return to slow cooker and mix well.
  • 4
    In small bowl, combine mayonnaise and pesto; blend well. Cut focaccia into 6 wedges; split each in half. Spread cut sides with mayonnaise mixture. With slotted spoon, place about 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto bottom half of each focaccia wedge. Top each with tomato slice and top half of focaccia.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Focaccia is a flat, round Italian bread with a dense texture that slices perfectly for sandwiches. Look for focaccia in the grocery store's bakery or deli, or stop by an Italian bakery.
  • tip 2
    Freeze any remaining pesto to use on pasta or crostini, or to add a flavor-boost to sauce, soups, eggs and rice. Drop pesto in 1- to 2-tablespoon portions onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet; freeze until firm. Transfer the frozen pesto portions to a food storage freezre bag. Remove only what you need, then return the resealed bag to the freezer.

Nutrition

460 Calories, 25g Total Fat, 26g Protein, 33g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
225
Total Fat
25g
38%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Cholesterol
65mg
22%
Sodium
920mg
38%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
18%
18%
Vitamin C
18%
18%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
22%
22%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 3 Lean Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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