Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts
Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts are an easy family friendly meal that can be prepared in your crockpot for busy weeknight dinners!
I have been using my crock pot like a mad woman lately. The last few weeks I’ve used it for several chilis and soups, pulled pork and to cook chicken to use in recipes like these Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts. My crock pot has been a good companion in the kitchen lately that’s for sure.
For anyone who shops at Costco, have you tried their pesto?? I love this stuff. Honestly, I haven’t found a jarred pesto that I have loved until I tried this one. Obviously you can’t beat freshly made pesto, but I have to say, this jar of pesto has become a staple in my fridge this past year. I’ve added it to chicken like this plenty of times as well as tossing it into veggies like these Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts or a quick pasta dish like this Pesto Pasta with Turkey and Kale . Delicious!
This is one of those meals that is perfect for keeping things light on busy weeknights. I like making them into melts like this but you could always just add the pesto chicken to a whole wheat bun and eat it as a regular sandwich. Or if you are trying to stay away from carbs, the chicken is great on it’s own with some roasted veggies or even as added protein for a big salad.
Enjoy and have a great week!
Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts
Yield: Serves 4-6
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast (about 3 chicken breasts)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup prepared pesto
- 6 English Muffins or Sandwich Thins, split and lightly toasted
- sliced tomatoes
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- Place chicken breast in crockpot. Season with oregano, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper on both sides. Cook on high for 4 hours or low on 6 hours.
- Once chicken is cooked, shut off crock pot and take chicken out and place into a large bowl. Shred chicken using two forks. Add pesto to warm shredded chicken and gently toss to combine.
- Preheat broiler. Place English muffin or Sandwich Thin halves on a large cookie sheet. Spoon equal amounts of chicken onto each piece of bread. Top with sliced tomato and desired amount of mozzarella.
- Place cookie sheet under broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese melts. Watch carefully because this happens fast!
- Serve alongside a green salad for a light, flavorful dinner.
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