How to make slow cooker chicken Caesar sandwiches (video)

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I love Caesar salads. The crisp romaine lettuce tossed with creamy Parmesan and anchovy dressing topped with crunchy croutons is a fan favorite. This recipes turns the classic salad into a hearty and delicious chicken Caesar sandwich. Recommendation: Add bacon!
Fun fact: The Caesar salad actually originated in Mexico, not Italy! It was created on July 4, 1924, by Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef living in San Diego but working in Tijuana, Mexico.
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Cooktop Cove 
Slow cooker chicken Caesar sandwiches
8
45 minutes
2 hours, 30 minutes
3 hours, 15 minutes
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon anchovy paste or minced anchovy (rinsed)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 ciabatta rolls, cut in half
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 head romain lettuce, washed, cut into 3-inch wide pieces
2 large tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch rounds (about 8 pieces)
8 slices bacon, cooked (optional)
Arrange chicken breasts in a 6-quart slow cooker.
Add the following into slow cooker: 3 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Mix all ingredients with chicken breasts.
Cook on high for 2 hours, 30 minutes or on low for 6 hours.
To make Caesar dressing: Combine 3 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ black pepper, 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon anchovy, ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.
Spread a ¼ tablespoon of soft butter on the inside of each ciabatta roll. Using a large nonstick pan, grill ciabatta rolls on medium-high heat until golden brown. (You can also toast rolls in the oven.)
Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker.
Slice chicken breasts, about 1/4-inch thin, on a bias cut so that the pieces are wide.
To build the sandwiches: Spread ½ tablespoon Caesar dressing on each of the bottom rolls. Add 3 ounces sliced chicken per sandwich. Add 1 slice of bacon per sandwich (optional). Add one large slice of tomato per sandwich. Lightly dress romaine lettuce with 2 tablespoons of Caesar dressing and add a layer to the sandwiches. On the inside of the top buns, spread ½ tablespoon of Caesar dressing. Place top bun on sandwich to finish.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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