Slow Cooker-Braised Chicken, Onion and Cheese Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Braised Chicken Onion and Cheese Sandwiches easy to feed a crowd
Let's talk about entertaining for a moment. I get lots of emails and questions about cooking for large groups. So many people shy away from it. They feel they could not possibly pull off a meal for a crowd of more than four people. 

I'm here to tell you, you can. There are so many options and so many simple meals you can make to feed a crowd. And now that it's football season, it's time to invite a group of friends over and make a big pot of something wonderful to serve.

Have you ever braised anything before? It's a wonderful two-step cooking method that leaves meat "fall-off the bone" delicious. And you can do it in the slow-cooker, something that has really taken on popularity over the past few years.

In my current work with Sargento Cheese, investigating culinary trends (see my first post), the method of braising meat has been named as a trend to watch. The act of braising consists of searing (browning) the meat on the stove to enhance the flavor and then finishing the cooking in a covered pot for a long, slow simmer. This method is used quite often with tougher cuts of meat but it also works well with chicken.

These chicken sandwiches are so easy to put together if you have a crowd coming over for any occasion. They are hearty and delicious and full of yummy, melty cheese. 

Slow Cooker Braised Chicken Onion and Cheese Sandwiches ingredients
I decided to keep the sandwiches simple because I really wanted the flavors of the few ingredients to speak for themselves. The chicken you see above is how it looks after braising in the slow cooker for several hours.

While the chicken is warm, slice it into pieces (skin on). Build your sandwich with the braised onions from the slow cooker and I chose to use Sargento's Chef Blends Shredded 6 Cheese Italian. The cheese and onions are really all the sandwich needed to knock it out of the park. It reminded me slightly of chicken parm, but in a very non-traditional way. I think it was all the lovely Italian cheese flavor (especially Asiago) and crusty chicken skin. Honestly the sandwich would have worked well with so many of Sargento's cheese flavors, but the Italian blend was what I was craving. It's one of my favorites.

Loading up a bunch of these sandwiches for a crowd couldn't be easier. If the meat is still warm it will melt the cheese. If it's not, put them together and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Serve with pickles on the side and enjoy the day!

Print Recipe

Slow Cooker-Braised Chicken, Onion and Cheese Sandwiches

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 6-8 sandwiches


  • 1 (4-5 pound) whole chicken cut into pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered and layers separated
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 6-8 buns
  • 2 cups Sargento Chef Blends Shredded 6 Cheese Italian


  • Season chicken generously with salt and pepper.
  • In a large frying pan over med-high heat, add olive oil and sear chicken until brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
  • Layer onion pieces on the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker. Place chicken pieces on top. Add chicken stock and wine and cover. Cook on low heat for 3-1/2 hours.
  • Slice chicken pieces off the bone leaving the skin on. Fill each bun with about a 1/4 cup of cheese and place chicken and onion pieces on top. If necessary place sandwiches in a 350 degree oven to melt the cheese and warm the chicken. Serve immediately.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled but I would add an hour or so to the cooking time.
Slow Cooked Braised Chicken Onion and Cheese Sandwiches there wont be any left

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22 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. The perfect satisfying sandwich for football season, Cathy! Excellent idea on the braising using the slow cooker to finish the job. Makes entertaining small or large crowds so much easier. Thanks for sharing!

  2. YUM!! These are perfect for football season!

  3. Wow! These look amazing!

  4. Shar 4

    I so love his recipe and that Sargento blend is also a favorite for my family. This is a great entertaining saver for sure. We have a football get-together coming up and this is what I will serve. Keep up the great ideas!!

  5. I’ve never braised anything before! AT least I don’t think I have :) Maybe I have in the slow cooker and didn’t even know it. This looks sooo awesome/delicious/perfect! Want!

  6. Gaby 6

    What a fabulous sandwich! The slow cooker is so handy for feeding a crowd!

  7. Sues 7

    Helloooo, dream sandwich! The more cheese, the better :)

  8. Des 8

    This is the second time in as many days that I’ve seen a slow-cooker chicken recipe. It must be a sign. This sandwich looks great!

  9. This is a great chicken sandwich, I can only imagine the kitchen cheers I would receive!

  10. These sandwiches look very tempting Cathy – it’s a wonderful combo of flavors you’ve put together here!

  11. I think I just want to move closer so I can come over for dinner. I will bring dessert!

  12. Liz 12

    Such a drool worthy sandwich! And so simple to prepare. This would truly be perfect for a football gathering :)

    See you in Seattle!

  13. I am totally embracing my crock pot these days and this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  14. Oh wow, that is one manly sandwich! I’d love it, too! Looks soooo scrumptious, Cathy.

  15. What a glorious sandwich! I’m confident that I can finish at least 3 of these!

  16. Shaina 16

    This sounds amazing. Great game day food or any day, really.

  17. Todd M 17

    I made this recipe last weekend and served them to my running team after we ran a cold and wet relay race from Hood River to Portland.

    I used Soy Cheese since I’m mostly paleo, and just here everything in the crockpot and set it to “warm” for 14 hours, but they still turned out perfectly and were a big hit.

    Thank you!!

  18. My mouth goes all watery just by looking at these photos. This looks like the perfect sandwich!

  19. Shannon S. 19

    My husband will only eat boneless, skinless breasts. Can you use them in this recipe? Thanks!

  20. These sound wonderful but we don’t like the dark meat in chicken or turkey. Do you think they would be ok with just the breast meat?

  21. Kate 23

    Think I could just stick the chicken in without pan frying? Just increase the cook time?

  22. Twila Paradis 24

    It sounds good but I gag at the thought of using the chicken skin. Any ideas on how to make this without the chicken skin to keep the flavor?


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