Tender shredded chicken, peppers, and onions piled on hoagie rolls with melted cheese. Let your slow cooker do the work and come home to an easy, delicious meal.
We’ve had some crazy, all over the place weather here in Northern California this week. I’m talking over 100 degrees one day then 20 degrees cooler and raining the next. Mother Earth just can’t decide what she wants and I guess that’s her prerogative.
Whatever the weather – it’s summer!
I’m always chomping at the bit to get that grill going but I also LOVE to make use of my Crock-Pot in the summer months, especially on those insanely hot days when you don’t even want to crack open the patio door to fire up the grill.
I kept things cool and easy the other day with this delicious mixture of chicken, peppers, and onions.
We piled that deliciousness on hoagie buns with some cheese and let them toast briefly in the oven and dinner was on!
I’m a long-time fan of the entire line of Mezzetta products and have put many of them to good use in my recipes over time. This time around, Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Mild Pepper Rings and Deli-Sliced Roasted Red Bell Pepper Strips are front and center.
There’s something pretty magical about Mezzetta’s brine. I’m pretty sure it’s the reason why their peppers are so addictive. Drain it off, but reserve some from the jar of Mild Pepper Rings because we’re going to need it in a bit.
Layer the bottom of your slow cooker with a thinly sliced yellow or white onion.
Add 2-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast right over the top of the onions.
Season the chicken with 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning and 1 teaspoon garlic pepper.
Scatter the drained peppers over the top of it all and then pour 1 cup chicken broth and 1/4 cup of that magical brine around the edges. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 or 5 hours. Check the chicken periodically towards the end of the cooking time and when it is tender enough to shred it has cooked long enough.
Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and use a couple of forks to shred it lightly, leaving some good bite-size pieces.
Add the chicken back to the slow cooker with the peppers, onions, and cooking liquid.
Give it a good stir to combine it well.
Pile it onto hoagie rolls, top each sandwich with a nice, soft white cheese – for cheesesteaks, I recommend a good melting cheese like white American or provolone. Pop those babies under the broiler for a quick minute or two, just until the cheese has melted, and you are ready to serve.
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- 1 white or yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
- 1 (16 ounce) jar Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Mild Pepper Rings, drained (reserve brine)
- 1/2 (16 ounce) jar Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, drained
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup reserved Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Mild Pepper brine
- 6 to 8 hoagie rolls
- 6 to 8 slices white American cheese or provolone
- Place the sliced onions over the bottom of your slow cooker insert. Place chicken over the onions and sprinkle the chicken with the Italian seasoning and garlic pepper.
- Scatter the drained Mild Pepper Rings and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Strips over the top of the chicken. Pour chicken broth and 1/4 cup of the reserved brine from the Mild Pepper Rings around the chicken.
- Place cover on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours, until chicken is tender and easy to shred.
- Transfer cooked chicken to a cutting board and use two forks to lightly shred it, leaving some good bite-size pieces. Transfer shredded chicken back to slow cooker and stir it into the cooking liquid, combining well with the peppers and onions.
- Serve up on hoagie rolls, top with cheese, and place under the broiler for a minute or two until cheese is melted.