Ohio Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

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The best Ohio Shredded Chicken Sandwiches! Popular in the midwest, these creamy chicken & stuffing sandwiches are made in the slow cooker.

Long ago when the kids were little, I used to make a creamy chicken & stuffing in the slow cooker. With 3 kids under the age of 4, I didn’t have a lot of time, so throwing chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup and stuffing in a slow cooker was my go-to. It was easy and the kids loved it!

Fast forward about 15 years later and I started hearing about the “Ohio Shredded Chicken Sandwich” at church gatherings. A friend brought it to a potluck and I was surprised to find out that what I was making all along and serving over rice, people stuffed in a hamburger bun. Who knew these sandwiches were so popular?

a shredded chicken sandwich in a basket with chips

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Uses fresh chicken breasts.
  • Only 4 ingredients.
  • Easy made in the slow cooker.
  • Perfect for potlucks and servings crowds.
  • Endless recipe variations!

Where did Ohio Chicken Sandwiches come from?

From what I understand, shredded chicken sandwiches are a very regional dish. Some in Ohio have never heard of them, but others eat them at every potluck. They are popular at local diners and restaurants that serve lunch sandwiches. And there are countless ways to make them! The recipe I share below is our favorite, but I’ll share all kinds of variations so you can make these exactly how your family likes.

How to Make Ohio Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the condensed soup overtop.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the chicken is shreddable.
  • Shred the chicken, then add the stuffing mix.
  • Mix well, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the bread crumbs are moistened.
  • If you’d like the mixture thinner, add a little bit of chicken broth until it is the consistency you’d like.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.
closeup of a chicken sandwich

Recipe Variations

  • Use ritz crackers in place of the stuffing mix. You’ll get a slightly different, more simple flavor since the Ritz crackers are not seasoned.
  • Some even use potato chips instead of stuffing! They help to thicken the mixture, add texture and flavor.
  • Some make this recipe even quicker by using canned chicken. If you do this, just heat the mixture through on the stovetop or in the microwave…you don’t have to wait for the chicken to cook!
  • Add minced onion for more flavor.
  • Add some shredded cheese if you’d like…or add a slice of cheese when you are making the sandwich. We like swiss!
  • Make this low sodium by using a low sodium soup and stuffing package.
  • Add a little bit of poultry seasoning for more flavor….it will taste like Thanksgiving in a sandwich!
  • Serve over rice or mashed potatoes instead of on a bun.

What to Serve with Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

Here are a few favorites:

closeup of a chicken sandwich on a sesame bun
closeup of a chicken sandwich on a sesame bun

Ohio Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

4.54 from 156 votes
The best Ohio Shredded Chicken Sandwiches! Popular in the midwest, these creamy chicken & stuffing sandwiches are made in the slow cooker.
Servings 10
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours

Ingredients
 

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup (10.75 ounces each)
  • 1 box chicken flavored Stove Top Stuffing (6 ounces)
  • chicken broth (to thin only if the mixture seems to thick)

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  • Pour the condensed soup overtop.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the chicken is shreddable.
  • Shred the chicken, then add the stuffing mix.
  • Mix well, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the bread crumbs are moistened.
  • If you’d like the mixture thinner, add a little bit of chicken broth until it is the consistency you’d like.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 10, with 1 serving being 1/10 of the chicken (no bun). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 274
Keyword chicken recipe, slow cooker meal

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze this chicken?

Yes! This chicken freezes well in a freezer safe container for up to 6 weeks.

Can use mushroom soup instead?

You can, but it will change the flavor slightly. If you like mushrooms, I say try it!

Can you make this chicken in the instant pot?

I’m sure you can, but I have not yet tried it. If you do, let me know how it works and I’ll update after I get to testing it.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Makenna Lee King
1 year ago

Really needs seasoning, it was kind of bland alone.

Tom
1 year ago

Does this have to have a filler? I’m doing low carb and can’t use the stuffing or crackers. Seems I remember my mother in law making these years ago without those fillers

Ms Diane Huntley
1 year ago

Any recommendations on some good sides to accompany the sandwiches?

Ally
1 year ago

5 stars
Love this simple recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

smk
10 months ago

5 stars
Thanks for the recipe! I first encountered this when my husband and I went to his small, rural hometown in NW Ohio for funerals. His home parish always served a meal to the attendees after the funeral, and this was *always* featured. It is warm and comforting, just like the nice people in Tiffin.

Katie
10 months ago

5 stars
This was so good, thank you! I grew up in Ohio and my grandma used to make it for me. She has since passed so thank you for posting this. I have been looking for this exact recipe for some time.

Johnny
8 months ago

5 stars
Being that I grew up in north western and west central Ohio I had no idea this was an Ohio thing. I just assumed it was an everywhere thing LOL

Barbara Kelly
8 months ago

Can I use boneless breasts and boneless thighs? Will it taste just as good?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Can I make these a day before ?

Lou
4 months ago

Another recipe used canned chicken so I’m happy I found yours and I will be trying it soon.