Fast and Easy Shredded Chicken Sandwiches




Here is a very quick and easy recipe for shredded chicken sandwiches. These sandwiches are very popular in this area (Ohio). You will find them being served at all kinds of gatherings, from parties to potlucks and they are sold at most local ice cream shops.

Lots of families have their own secret shredded chicken recipes. Some cooks insist on cooking and deboning a whole chicken then adding fillers from breadcrumbs to crackers. This recipe requires only canned chicken, cream of chicken soup, and sandwich buns. The total prep time is about 20 minutes. Another bonus is that you are only going to need a pot and a wooden spoon.

Step 1: Preperation

I use the canned chicken that is available at the local retail food distributor. It is 48 ounces, and the chicken is in broth. The only other ingredient that you will cook with is cream of chicken soup.

The ratio that I found to work best is - 3 parts chicken to 1 part soup. With a 48 ounce can of chicken, I use 1 and ½ of the 10 ounce cans of soup. As such, 2 cans of chicken and 3 cans of soup works out perfectly with no waste. It makes a big batch, but the leftovers can be kept in the freezer for several quick meals later. Each can of chicken will make about 16 to 20 sandwiches.

The chicken and the soup are just poured into a pot over medium heat. After the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. As it cooks the larger pieces of chicken will break down. Any large pieces that still remain can be broken apart with the spoon that you are using to stir. It’s ready to serve after simmering for about 15 minutes.

Really big batches can be made in an electric roaster and will feed a large crowd. But this method does require a longer time to cook.

Put a spoonful on a sandwich bun and you are ready to go!

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5 Discussions


11 months ago

I have made this but tweeked it. It is a Newark Ohio food. It is good with cream of Mushroom and Cream of Celery as well. Add Ritz crackers as well. I learned this 25 yrs ago when my boss owned a bar/ restaurant and also was is a great cook ! Our customers went crazy over them.. He would single them in containers freeze them and then nuke them to make one sandwich at a time, great idea ! Eva


1 year ago

We don't have that type of canned chicken here. Can you use regular canned chicken? Also is this meant to be eaten warm like a pulled pork sandwich or cold like a chicken salad sandwich?


3 years ago

I like cream of mushroom better.


3 years ago on Introduction

I used to eat cream of chicken soup as soup when I was a kid, but have never heard of making a shredded chicken sandwich with it. Do you ever dress the sandwich with anything else? Onion, tomato, lettuce?

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Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I prefer just a little salt and pepper. Some top it with cheese and jalapenos. It’s a blank slate, you can put anything you like on it.