Slow-cooked, seasoned chicken breasts piled high on soft, toasted hoagie rolls with cheese, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, onions and pickles. The crockpot makes the chicken so tender that the simple act of picking it up causes it to fall apart while simmering them in chicken broth ensures they’ll have a juicy outcome.
The broth is lightly seasoned with Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic and onion powder plus I add a couple of jalapeño peppers to spice things up along with roasted red pepper and onion strips. I sauté the peppers and onions in a frying pan then add half to the crockpot and save the remaining half for serving. The crockpot makes them so soft they almost melt into the broth. The ones I set aside are for topping the sandwich to give it some texture.
Let’s talk cheese. I like American on these because of the way it melts. Provolone is good too or extra sharp cheddar. You can even use warm, gooey cheez whiz like they do in Philly.
This is one of my more versatile recipes, a base you can play around with and make your own. Just about anything goes. You can change the seasonings, add more of them, make it spicier or less spicy. . whatever you like in a cheesesteak or you’re in the mood for.
Slow-cooked, seasoned chicken breasts piled high on soft, toasted hoagie rolls with cheese, roasted red peppers, jalapeños, onions and pickles.
- Add the broth, mustard, Worcestershire, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon coarse salt (or 1/2 teaspoon fine salt), and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to a crockpot(I use a 4 quart) set on high and whisk together.
- Season the chicken well with salt and pepper - if they're on the large side cut them in half - and nestle them into the crockpot.
- In a large frying pan or skillet heat 2 - 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the onion, both types of peppers and the garlic. Season well with salt and pepper, cook, stirring often until softened 5 - 7 minutes. Remove half the mixture to the crockpot and save the other half for serving - store in a small bowl, covered in the refrigerator.
- Cook on high 4 hours or low 6 - 8. During the last hour remove the chicken to a cutting board and cut into bite-size pieces or shred with 2 forks. Return back to the pot. If there is a lot of liquid left in the crockpot let it cook with the lid off for a little while to evaporate some of it off.
- You can reheat the onion mixture you set aside earlier in the same frying pan or add it to the crockpot now.
- Butter the insides of the hoagie rolls and toast in a hot skillet until golden brown. Lay your choice of cheese down then top with chicken, some of the onion mixture and pickles, hot sauce too - if you like.
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