Slow Cooker Sammies {Gracious Girl}

Enjoy these Slow Cooker Sammies by Gracious Girl, easy to make in a snap!


I’m welcoming my friend and guest today, Mindy Lockard, from The Gracious Girl blog. I love meeting new Oregon bloggers, and Mindy and I hit it off big time. Well, it only makes sense since I write about hospitality and she writes about graciousness. Her blog teaches about the value of caring for others in your community. Mindy’s sharing a fabulous recipe today … and it’s really easy, too!

Here’s Mindy …

I don’t know about you, but life seems to be getting busier and busier! Busyness can sometimes get in the way of how we connect with other people. Especially where family dinners are concerned. And although I’ve tried–oh how I’ve tried–to master the art of being in two places at once, I simply have yet to find a way to make it happen.

However, what I have found is this perfect little Sammie – a great solution to being on the soccer field all afternoon and around the table come dinner time.

This little sammie is also a favorite when we entertain friends for a “big game” or casual dinner party among friends!

Here’s how it all goes down…


After a long day, this shredded chicken in the slow cooker will greet you at the door with a sweet aroma! A wonderful way to be greeted… don’t you think?

Assemble the sammie and…


Do you find that busyness gets in the way of connecting with other people? Or, what’s your quick and easy go-to meal?

Etiquette Note: Since these sammies have a tendency to get “sloppy,” don’t ever hesitate to wave the white flag and reach for your knife and fork. They say “Pride cometh before the fall,” and in this case the fall typically is on the lap or down the front of our shirts. Yes, the knife and fork are your friend!


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Slow Cooker Sammies {Gracious Girl}


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup red pepper
  • 1/2 cup yellow pepper
  • 1/2 cup orange pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 minced sweet yellow onion
  • 2 1/2 cups BBQ sauce 2 cups for slow cooker / 1 cup to spread
  • Rolls
  • Broccoli slaw–for an added crunch


  • Combine chicken breasts, red pepper, yellow pepper, orange pepper, shredded carrots, minced onion in the slow cooker. Cover with 2 cups of barbecue sauce.
  • Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  • Shred chicken with a fork; serve on rolls to make sammies, with broccoli slaw and 1/2 cup of extra barbecue sauce on the side.

Mindy Lockard is the founder of Mindy Lockard’s Gracious Living which includes a daily blog, trainings for colleges/universities, government agencies, and private companies. Mindy is a freelance contributor for Fox 12 Oregon, Crane & Co.’s The Crane Insider, Stationery Trends magazine’s column “What’s Write” and many other web and print publications. To learn more about Mindy Lockard you can find her on twitter: @TheGraciousGirl facebook: The Gracious Girl or on the web

13 comments on “Slow Cooker Sammies {Gracious Girl}”

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  2. So excited because I have this cooking in the crockpot and my home smells so yummy.

  3. this would be great for a night with our youth leaders! I do pulled chicken in the crock pot a lot. It’s so easy and pretty fool-proof!

  4. Mexican stacki upis is a family favorite go-to…because we keep a lot on hand and font hesitate to ask others to bring s topping. Easy for us…our company and for those with food allergies and picky palates. ;)

  5. Broccoli slaw…great idea.

  6. I was just thinking…one thing we do when it’s a busy soccer weekend is to pack food in a cooler and eat together, whether in the car or at some tables, it’s relaxing and we’re saving money by not eating out…sometimes the teams will even coordinate to BBQ at a park together. It saves everyone going to a busy restaurant and we’re all building relationships as we eat together. We’ve really gotten to know families so much more in times like these. Their teams are really about doing things together, which makes it nice!

  7. We’ve got all four kids playing sports this spring too and we do love it. We still manage to get in at least 4-5 whole family dinners per week.

    BTW, did I miss the cooking time on your Crockpot chicken? I’ve got the ingredient list – can’t wait to try it but don’t see how long to cook it in the slow cooker. THANKS!

    • Sometimes I feel like I go crazy with just two in sports…can’t imagine what 4 would be like. In fact hubby and I were talking about this with a friend of ours who has 4 boys all playing sports. Crazy!!

      I would venture to say in regards to the crockpot that if you put it on high before you left the house, it would probably be done by the time you got home. When I’ve done these things in the crockpot I find that 4 hours is pretty good for chicken breasts..

  8. This looks super-easy and SUPER-yummy. I bet the kids would eat it, and it even contains VEGGIES! :)
    Yes, busyness and FATIGUE get in the way of having people over or just making the effort to connect when in other places. I’m not sure what the solution is.

    Thanks for your encouragement to lighten up on our perfectionism and just BE with others!

  9. Love this post. I made some BBQ pulled chicken last week as well as some frozen homemade burritos to keep in the freezer for crazy days or nights. We too are a busy soccer/golf family and finding time to connect over dinner with others let alone ourselves can be tricky! We were so excited a weeks ago when it sunk in that we had no weekend games and could actually go home after church and eat lunch!! Whoo hoo!!! I’m going to incorporate a few of your other ingredients into my pulled chicken sammy mix!

  10. It is amazing how “Living” gets in the way of life. With four children this is a real struggle for us working around soccer, band, basketball, school, and youth group. We try so hard to enjoy family dinner at least five nights a week. It may be 8:30 or 9:00 before we eat, but it is so much more enjoyable to sit at the table with my children and husband, than trying to talk over the sounds of a restaurant. And I’ll be honest, the children may not say it, but I am sure that they appreciate it as well. While I may be the frazzled mom, they exhausted themselves as well. The calm and peace of being at home sure changes a bad mood into a good one! I love this recipe! It will definitely make the easy weeknight meal list around here.

  11. Imagine my delight to find two of my favorite girls teamed up here! Sandy + Mindy = Gracious, Heartwarming Hospitality with Style. Always looking for something easy & delish for the abundance of weekend guests arriving at our door each Summer. Definitely going on my to make list!
    I’ve been letting my busyness get in the way of my personal life lately, and am attempting to fix that!
    PS Food that’s a bit messy is always the most tasty!

  12. Busyness definately gets in the way of connecting. I’ve tried so long to hold sacred family dinner time. This week we have seen one night time meal together at home- the nature of the schedule. Last night we actually took the time to have friends over. What a joy! They were coming so I was making plans, cooking, etc. Then her grandmother died so they weren’t coming and I stopped the process for a large crowd. She texted and said they just needed to be with friends and they were coming again. What a blessing! The house wasn’t perfect and we shattered a 9 x 13 pan of juices in the middle of the floor, but the fellowship was sweet and healing. I am so glad we took the time out of “busy” to nurture and love on one another. We must make time because people need it!

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