Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Sandwiches


Want the best ever slow cooker shredded chicken sandwich recipe? You have finally found it! This easy slow cooker recipe cooks chicken so it’s juicy and tender in the most delicious sauce. This chicken recipe will become a dinner-time favorite!

Hello everyone! Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing a recipe that you need to have in your arsenal, the best slow cooker shredded chicken sandwiches! I make this chicken for every party and potluck and everyone always wants the recipe! It is perfect for busy weeknight dinners, too when you need dinner waiting for you when you get home from work.

Slow cooker shredded chicken sandwiches.

Make Juicy Shredded Chicken in the slow cooker

I first made this recipe a few years ago for my daughter’s birthday party. I was looking for a super flavorful shredded chicken recipe that wouldn’t dry out and could be used for chicken tacos. I came across a recipe for Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken that everyone seemed to be raving about. I have no idea what Cafe Rio chicken is but the recipe sounded promising. After making it only one time, I was hooked.

Two chicken sandwiches on a plate.

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Other Ways To Use The Shredded Chicken

You can serve this chicken in so many ways, not just for sandwiches I often use it for chicken tacos. Pile it into hard or soft shells and top with your favorite toppings.

You can serve it on top of rice and make delicious burrito bowls, or as pictured, you can put this chicken on a bun and serve as a sandwich! It is so versatile and will honestly taste good however you serve it.

Slow cooker shredded chicken sandwiches.

How to Make Slow cooker shredded chicken Sandwiches

The slow cooker makes dinner so easy and this recipe is no different. You add your chicken to the slow cooker and add the “secret” sauce! While this mixture may sound crazy, I promise it is incredibly good! See the recipe card below for my secret!

If cooking for a crowd, this recipe doubles really well! It is perfect for potlucks and parties!

What you need: 

Kitchen Tools Needed: 

Ingredients Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Closeup of shredded chicken on a bun showing spice details.

Slow cooker shredded chicken Recipe Tips:

Cooking the chicken

It is hard to overcook this chicken, but for best results, cook for 6-8 hours on low. Once it is done, switch to the keep warm function and let the chicken soak in the sauce for at least an hour before serving.

how to shred chicken

Guys….if you aren’t using a hand mixer to shred your chicken, then you just aren’t living your best life! Seriously, don’t ever use two forks to shred chicken ever again! Put your mixer directly into the slow cooker and put the mixer on low and slowly move the mixer around and you will have completely shredded chicken in seconds!

Overview of shredded chicken on a white bun.
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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

This recipe for slow cooker shredded chicken sandwiches is not only easy, but so delicious too!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Sandwiches
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Calories: 174kcal


  • Slow Cooker



  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until easily shreds. See tips above for best way to shred.
  • Let shredded chicken cook soak in the sauce on the keep warm function for at least 1 hour before serving.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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