Soooo I probably have to make another batch of this crockpot chicken today.

Here’s why:

Traveling with my husband is semi panic inducing, but only because I am the controliest of the control freaks. I kinda sorta only have one pet peeve in life and it’s to be on time (or even in my mind, like 20 minutes early) for EVERYTHING. Especially flights. Especially to the airport. Like I would rather get there three hours early and sit at the gate with nothing to do because I’m such a mental maniac. At least that way I know I will be on time.

Well. He’s not like that. Mainly because he travels often so he has a system down. We travel together well (besides my always 85-pound suitcase) but arriving… that’s a different story. Last week I decided that I would leave it up to him and not be a psycho freak about being on time. A wise woman (my grandma) once said about husbands… just tell them once, then they know. Hmmm. I think he sensed my patience and we left earlier than he normally would. Early enough to wander around and eat. Good, great, awesome.

What transpired next was me figuring out at 8:15 that our flight took off at 8:25 and not 8:50, which caused us to fly through the airport, me with a half-eaten bagel and a very Kelly Kapowski-esque off the shoulder sweatshirt (thanks to Bayside they will always be in style) and a very heavy carry-on because I always think I need everything to travel and then proceed to do nothing on every flight I’m ever on. To make matters worse, we flew on Southwest which is a control freak’s NIGHTMARE. Correct? What do you mean no assigned seats? I basically have a meltdown until the plane takes off that I may not get a seat. After it takes off, I’m still emotionally stewing from my seat anxiety.

I seem like a ton of fun. I’m sure. Don’t worry. I only flipped out for like ten minutes straight then and then we didn’t talk the entire flight (for which I was surely punished as on my other side sat a man who 1. loved to talk and 2. seemingly had never flown before so had many, many questions) and I was like FROM NOW ON I AM CONTROLLING ALL THE TRAVEL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE.

Compromise is my middle name.

As if he didn’t feel bad enough already, I think that I kept maybe, like, reminding him of it all weekend? And now I’m writing it down? And tweeting it. So yes. I should probably make something meaty and sandwich-like. Stat.

While this pulled chicken looks utterly boring, it tastes super. I don’t even know how to describe how freaking easy it is and the resulting deliciousness that will sit on your bun. For as unphotogenic it is, it’s about fifty times more tasteful. It tastes almost like these chicken cheesesteaks but is much lower maintenance.

Clearly me and this chicken have nothing in common.


Crockpot Cheesesteak Pulled Chicken

Yield: serves 4-6

Total Time: 8 hours


2 green peppers, sliced
2 sweet onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces of your favorite beer
8 ounces freshly grated white cheddar cheese
whole grain buns, toasted


Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and paprika.

In the bottom of your crockpot, layer peppers and onions. Add garlic evenly over top. Place chicken on top and then pour in beer. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low. Around 6 hours, I like to begin shredding my chicken using forks or kitchen tongs. About 15 minutes before serving, completely shred chicken and toss thoroughly to coat. Keep mixing and tossing to combine the chicken, peppers and onions and all of the liquid should become absorbed.

Stir in the grated cheese then turn your crockpot to the "warm" setting (or simply turn it off and keep it covered) and cover for 5 minutes. Serve!

Oh and P.S. we ate it with these chips. And by “ate it’ I mean I stuffed the chips on top of my sandwich.

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139 Responses to “Crockpot Cheesesteak Pulled Chicken.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 29, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    Your husband and mine sound exactly the same. Mine thinks that getting to the airport early is getting there 30 mins before takeoff. Getting thru security, nah, no need to worry about that ‘little’ process. It’ll be fast, no lines, sure. Right. I hate traveling with that pressure! Traveling is bad enough! Oh and your chatty seatmate? I just pretend I speak no English if the eyes closed and totally ignoring them doesn’t work :) Glad you made it there and home!


  2. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 29, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    LOL i always get to the airport super early too! I’d rather be there and read every magazine in the shops (much to the employee’s dislike) than have to risk missing a flight. And on the whole no assigned seats thing – yes, that grinds my gears too! Cheers to our control freakiness!


  3. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 29, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Cheesesteak sandwiches are my favorite! I’m making this tomorrow! I can’t wait!!


  4. #
    Rachel — May 29, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    i HATE flying. i receive such anxiety from not knowing whether there will be overhead space for my carryon. Ugh and not knowing for how long we’ll sit on the runway is infuriating. This cheesesteak pulled chicken looks amazing! i’ll have to try this for sure.


  5. #
    Taryn — May 29, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    This. Looks. Awesome. Pinning it now, and I’ll be making it soon!

    My boyfriend and I are the opposite of you and your husband when it comes to traveling, but after missing my flight a few weeks ago, I have changed the way I plan flights. We aren’t cutting it quite as close anymore.


  6. #
    JulieD — May 29, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    For the record, I’m your husband! Lol and Curtis is you when it comes to airports. It will be interesting next week! Ps these look amazing, I don’t care what you say…they do!


  7. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — May 29, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    i’m so happy that my husband and I never fly together. We would be just like y’all!


  8. #
    Tieghan — May 29, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    I am totally you when it comes to airports. I am an anxiety freak and have to be there early! My family? Complete opposite, they want to be there at the very last minute and they want to be the very last ones on the plane. Us traveling together is NOT fun. LOL

    This chicken looks awesome, perfect for summer BBQ’s!


  9. #
    ashley - baker by nature — May 29, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    The no assigned seat things drives me freaking nuts! And omg – this chicken… I could eat this all day long.


  10. #
    Colleen — May 29, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    My boyfriend and I make cheesesteak variations all the time! He already is looking forward to this. We are flying together for the first time in a few weeks – wish us luck. And thanks for updating your weekly menu!


  11. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 29, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    This chicken looks a-maz-ing!!! I love to cook chicken in my slow cooker – so easy and so yummy!!!


  12. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 29, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    I think I’m in love. Sigh


  13. #
    Sheila — May 29, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Can I ask what kind of beer you used? My favorite is Blue Moon, so I tend to use that whenever recipes call for beer (and sometimes even when they don’t, like this weekend when I turned standard spaghetti sauce into “Man Sauce” by adding the likes of Blue Moon, a dollop of BBQ Sauce and spicy sausage…I was feeling crazy) but it never comes out as good as I’d hoped. Is it because I’m using the wrong kind of beer or because I have unrealistic expectations that everything I eat can taste as good as straight up alcohol?


    • Sheila — May 29th, 2013 @ 8:55 am

      Ditto for the Spicy Chorizo and Black Bean Queso Dip that you posted a little while ago. I made it last week and, although amazing (anything with melted cheese scores really high in my book), I was still left with the thought: needs more beer. Maybe it’s just me? I haven’t been especially trained to appreciate subtle flavors. Should I have used a pale ale? Or something dark?


      • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 9:52 am

        while I’m not a beer connoisseur at all, i think the same rule applies when cooking with wine – use a beer/wine that you love to drink! i don’t think in any of the recipes i use beer in the beer flavor is super overwhelming, but we could definitely taste it in the queso so you may want to try another variety of beer. i always have leinenkugels because they are my favorite and usually use that, but i have been known to use some bud light before too!

  14. #
    Janabelle — May 29, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    YUM! I’m thinking some pepperjack cheese would be good here, too. Definitely printing this one out. :D


  15. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — May 29, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Haha, loved reading this post. I totally become anal and anxiety-ridden before flights too (and the few times, I am calm, the security line is awful or something else happens–so its a lost cause). When I traveled recently to Europe, I had to sprint through the airport to get to my connecting flight, which resulted in me huffing and puffing on the plane for the first 20 minutes–and the flight attendant clearly thought I was high-maintenance.

    These sandwiches look awesome! I NEED a crockpot!


  16. #
    Aaron — May 29, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Hey Jessica! Could we substitute something for the beer?



    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 9:50 am

      any kind of liquid you’d prefer, like chicken stock or even ginger ale would work!


      • Aaron — May 29th, 2013 @ 9:59 am

        YES!! Ginger ale sounds great, thanks!

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 29, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Uh, YES. Southwest is the worst situation for me and my controlly-troll self. Basically airports in general give me the sweats because I cannot control ALL THE THINGS like I want to. Eesh.

    This chicken, though? I’m fine with letting that do all the work. :) YUMMAY.


  18. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — May 29, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Chips on the sandwich equals the best thing ever. It was always a major score when mom or dad packed a REAL sandwich (i.e., not PB&J) along with a bag of chips. Yesssss.


  19. #
    Emily @ Main-Eats — May 29, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    So simple and so delicious I bet! Can’t wait to try this!!!


  20. #
    Darya — May 29, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    You and I. We’re the same. And your husband also sounds JUST like my boyfriend.
    I am now very convinced that you are an American version of myself.


  21. #
    Kacy — May 29, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    I am so excited about this. Chicken cheesesteaks are one of my favorite things in life. Also, I’m the exact same way about being on time (early) for things. It’s actually a pet peeve about myself. Like, I’ll show up to hang out with friends 30 minutes early knowing that they’ll probably be a few minutes late. I know that I should just leave later, but I can’t help it. I’m allergic to being late. And I definitely prefer to arrive at the airport like 5 hours early. Because then you’re punctual and can go to the airport bar and start vacation early!


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 9:49 am

      allergic to being late. OMG YES!


  22. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Remember when I went to the airport with you 6 hours before I flight because I was terrified of being late?

    Hi, yes, hi, uh huh.

    I’m giggling so hard remembering how much we pissed everyone off.


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      pretty sure i have horrible airplane karma because of that.


  23. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — May 29, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    This looks so delicious…not boring by any means! I need to utilize my crock pot more. It’s not just for winter. I know everyone here would love this!


  24. #
    gillian — May 29, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Where do you get your rolls? They look so good. Can’t wait to try this


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      they are just from my local grocery store (giant eagle) – like the store’s bakery.


  25. #
    Carrie — May 29, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I love when you publish a recipe and then I can build my meal plan and grocery list around it. Looks fabulous. And I travel so much that I am more of a walk straight from security to on the plane, yet my Mr. is more of the “let’s get there a good hour or so early so we can eat.” Yeah, no thanks.


  26. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 29, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I am just like you on flights and time. We traveled a couple weeks ago on Southwest with a 6 month old baby. Let’s just say the line to check in was long because we had to get a special pass for baby and we missed our flight. NOT A HAPPY MOMMA! Being there early did nothing. I really wanted to have a drink on the plane but it was 9:30am by the time we got on our next flight. Didnt want the weird looks of having a drink and holding a baby.


  27. #
    Molly @ Baklette — May 29, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Yeah I am kind of slightly, just a little bit of a control freak….hehe. And Southwest with no seat assignments would drive me kooky! AND you got the luck of having a wonderful seatmate….NOT.


  28. #
    Lisa — May 29, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    We’ve come to love Southwest now that we know we can checkin up to 24 hrs. before our flight and print our boarding passes at home or the airport. As soon as we buy our tickets we set a reminder on our icalendar (which is linked to our phones, ipad, and computer) so that no matter what we can check in and are guaranteed either A or early B group tickets and guaranteed to sit next to each other. Also, if we have a route with a stop but no plane change, we sit at the back for the first leg hoping no one will sit between us and then move to the front for the second leg so we can get off ASAP. Now you can be a SW ninja too!


  29. #
    Kathy — May 29, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    That is a delicious looking sandwich! And it’s going on the menu!


  30. #
    Julia Jolliff — May 29, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    I have a pet peeve to always be on time too–it stressed me out so much when I am running late (or the husband for that matter).

    This looks so deliciously yummy!


  31. #
    Liselle — May 29, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    The next time you fly Southwest pay the extra $10 to be assured that you are in Group A for boarding. Then you will never have to worry about no seat again. I travel alone a lot so it doesn’t matter to me much what boarding group I’m in because I don’t have to sit next to anyone special. Heck, when I did travel with my family I switched seats with someone who wanted to sit by their significant other and ended up sitting alone anyhow! I totally understand your need to be at the airport early. I have a routine at the airport – I want to get there early enough to eat breakfast at McDonald’s or dinner at TGI Friday’s in the airport and then have time to look around the bookstore.


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 11:27 am

      oh yes – that is a must for me with southwest. we ALWAYS do it. unfortunately we were so late once we realized when the flight was that they were at the end of boarding C. wah!


  32. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — May 29, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    I’m always on the hunt for new crockpot recipes and can’t wait to try this! The chicken looks so moist and flavorful!


  33. #
    Amanda — May 29, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Omg I’m such a control freak when I travel! My guy is more…. Hmmm….nervous. Yes. Nervous. Last year our flight OUT of the Bahamas was oversold and they had to work their magic to get us off the island. Which landed us in Florida and it really wasn’t bad. Not bad at all. Until he moved my passport. Yup. That’s IT for me. Don’t touch my passport or my boarding passes. It was in his pocket. (WHYYYYY?!). And right in front of TSA. I was ready to divorce him right there. So there’s my story :)

    I need that chicken in my life…..


  34. #
    Moni Meals & Fitness — May 29, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    SO funny! I understand. ;)

    This meals looks amazing!!


  35. #
    sara — May 29, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Awesome! This sandwich looks amazing, and I LOVE using the slow cooker. Yum!


  36. #
    Rayna — May 29, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    This would be great for a weekend summer cookout! Looks delicious!


  37. #
    Heather — May 29, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Looks delicous! Btw, I just have to say, I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now & love it! Just wanted to say hi & that i look forward to reading more :)


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

      thanks heather!


  38. #
    Heather — May 29, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    What kind of green peppers did you use?


  39. #
    Sara @ Confectionary Tales — May 29, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    I only have myself to cook for but I so want to make this and just eat it for dinner every day.. I think that’s what I’ll do next week! Seriously delicious looking (and sounding).

    When you have your single lady days, how do you feed yourself? That sounds weird, but I have a hard time grocery shopping for just one person and then cooking different types of food, so instead I’ll just make a sandwich, like your bean burgers, and eat those every day for lunch. (Not that I’m complaining about those.. Just curious!)


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

      ah this is such a toughie, mainly because i think i have it differently from the average person since i might have been developing recipes that day – so if i make something i may eat that. i also do what you do and make a batch of something like the bean burgers and eat them everyday. other times if there is something i am craving and i have time, i will make something (most likely meatless) that my husband wouldn’t eat, like traditional carbonara pasta or something.

      but usually… it’s like avocado toast or grilled cheese or a quesadilla. :)


  40. #
    Larry — May 29, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    DAMNIT I need a crockpot. They have a nice black and white damask-print one at Target… Hmmm


  41. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — May 29, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    I am your travel twin!!! I hate being late, 3 hours at the gate with nothing to do, than rather be late, is my middle name. I would have had a huge meltdown over the no-assign seating!!!.. Love this sandwhich


  42. #
    PapaLos - The Man, The Chef, The Dad — May 29, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    My wife’s the same way. Always rushing me out the door everywhere. Me, I live on island time so it’s always a “we’ll get there when we get there” type thing. Drives her absolutely insane!

    Looks like an amazing sandwich!


  43. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — May 29, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    100% agree about Southwest. And you are basically guaranteed a middle seat, because no one will sit in them!


  44. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — May 29, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    This sounds just like me, I panic if there’s even a hint of a chance I might be late for something!! My other half is not fazed by time at all and would be late for everything unless I dragged his butt out of the door. He’s always like “It’s fine, we won’t be late” and I’m like “We are going to be late, hurry up, we should have left 10 minutes ago!” And I like to know I definitely have a seat. I don’t live in the US and haven’t experience Southwest, but there are lots of airlines like it here! I even get panicky if the cinema doesn’t have allocated seats!


  45. #
    Honey, What's Cooking — May 29, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    You are so funny… I love being in control too, but I don’t arrive 3 hours in advance. OMGGGGGGG.. I like southwest, but what’s up with the pick your own seat. The first time I flew it, I was like what? So funny. I’m sending this to my hub. LOL!


  46. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — May 29, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    Wow…does this sound good! Crock pot recipes are the best. This one gets a pin for sure!


  47. #
    Ashley — May 29, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Yum! Just threw the ingredients in my crockpot on high–can’t wait to try it! I’ve made a few of your other recipes and they always turn out great :)


  48. #
    Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity — May 29, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    Drool.. These look downright delicious! I am writing down the ingredient list and making them ASAP. Love your slow cooker recipes!


  49. #
    cindy — May 29, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I drove my husband to the airport a few weekends ago and he didn’t even get out of bed until an hour before his flight. I wanted to PEEL MY OWN FACE OFF. It made me crazy. I get totally anxiety riddled when I have to fly–there are too many things that make me nervous/could ruin EVERYTHING, not to mention the whole feeling like some sort of criminal going through security with my multiple bags of 3oz liquids. also, they ALWAYS pat down my hair at the airport…since apparently I hide secrets there.


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      omg… just had my hair patted down for the first time last week. so weird.


  50. #
    Karly — May 29, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Yesssss. I ‘m a total control freak, too. I mean, if you want it done right, do it yourself.

    These sandwiches make me weep tears of juicy chicken joy.


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