Toasted Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe


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Balsamic chicken salad always makes a family favorite meal and this version as an easy, yet flavorful balsamic chicken sandwich is out of this world! 

Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwich |

I really can’t take much credit for these. They were actually my husband’s idea. I had made balsamic chicken for another purpose, but he came home from work for lunch and decided these chicken salad sandwiches were what he wanted.

We had all of the ingredients on hand since my son is now a bit obsessed with croissants from the local bakery. Otherwise, these would have been just fine on another type of bread.

I tossed my balsamic chicken into my stand mixer with some cream cheese, a little of the balsamic marinade I’d reduced and let the mixer work magic in making the quick chicken salad. Oh my goodness y’all, the balsamic chicken is so full of flavor and tender from cooking in the slow cooker. It just melts in your mouth. And then mixing with just a little bit of cream cheese to hold it together – it just becomes such a flavorful chicken salad. Ahh-mazing!

Anywho, I halved and toasted the croissants, layered on some spinach, the chicken salad, and slices of Monterey Jack cheese and then popped them back into the oven just to let the cheese begin to melt.


 These easy little sandwiches that began with ingredients that were going to be something else entirely were scrumptious!

And my sweet husband was beaming.

I think he may be trying to take over my job as the foodie in the house or something.


If he starts taking photos of our food, I’m in trouble.

Oh wait, that could be a good thing.

Here’s the recipe for his Toasted Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

Toasted Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Balsamic chicken salad always makes a family favorite meal and this version as an easy, yet flavorful balsamic chicken sandwich is out of this world!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6


For the Balsamic Chicken:

  • 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth, or broth
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce , or coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

For the Sandwich:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 large croissants, halved and toasted
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 6 slices monterey jack cheese


  • Place all ingredients for the balsamic chicken (through garlic) into insert of slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Remove chicken from insert and pour balsamic sauce into a small sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until reduced by half, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Break apart chicken into large chunks and mix together with cream cheese and about 1/4 cup of reduced balsamic sauce. Set aside.
  • Layer spinach, prepared balsamic chicken salad, and cheese on one half of croissant. Place into oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has begun to melt. Drizzle with more balsamic sauce, if desired. Remove from oven and top with other half of toasted croissant.


Store any remaining balsamic sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 952IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 242mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Hope ya love em!

Updated from a post previously published January 2013.

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Recipe Review


  1. KaylaB says:

    How do I make the balsamic sauce? 

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Kayla,
      You’ll just add all the ingredients as noted in the recipe for Balsamic Chicken and let it cook as instructed in #1. Then the sauce that remains when removing the chicken will be the balsamic sauce that you will then reduce to use in your finished sandwich. Thanks! xo

  2. Anna says:

    I stumbled on this recipe and LOVE it!! It is one of my 4 year olds favorite meals. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad your little one love it! xo

  3. Gloria says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe, however, I do not have balsamic vinegar but have balsamic vinaigrette dressing, can I substitute?

  4. anna says:

    5 stars
    I have yet to make something from this website that isn’t a complete hit with the entire family. Keep it coming! 🙂

  5. Celia says:

    I missed the part about adding 1/4 cup of the sauce and what you said about putting it in your mixer. Just chunked it up and mixed with the cream cheese. It wasn’t as good as it sounded but should be better with the added sauce. Have another chicken piece to try again.Also used colby cheese since jack wasn’t on sale when I shopped!

  6. Brooke says:

    OMG I would totally hug you if I could! I don’t eat mayo (that includes miracle whip) or mustard. I am so glad you’ve come up with a chicken salad I can eat!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I hope you love it, Brooke!!! xo

  7. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Your husband has good taste! And LOVE the toasted croissant — I bet it’s incredible with that chicken salad!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Ashley. The toasted croissant just throws it into a whole new ballgame. So good!

  8. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    can your husband talk to my husband?!! 🙂 my hubby has good ideas when it comes to recipes. . some times. . but now that I cook a lot, he has suddenly forgotten what to do in the kitchen. . at least he helps with the dishes. . sometimes. . 😛 love the balsamic chicken!!!!

  9. marla says:

    Anything on a croissant & I’m sold! This chicken salad sounds amazing!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Marla!