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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
with tangy coleslaw

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We featured a version of these simple, summery BBQ sandwiches in 2015, but we're bringing them back with store-bought sauce to make things even easier. We also swapped in a new tangy coleslaw that's great right on the sandwiches or on the side.
Smarts: This makes a double batch of BBQ chicken so that you can use the leftovers in Thursday's salad.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the Instant Pot or slow cooker. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken (for 2 nights):
  • BBQ sauce - 1/2 cup + 1 cup (use your favorite store-bought version)
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 2 1/2 lbs
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches:
  • Hamburger buns - 4
  • Pickles (opt) - for serving
Tangy Coleslaw:
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 3 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Mayonnaise (opt) - 1 Tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 14 oz (preferably one that includes carrots and red cabbage for added color)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Slow cook chicken - (This makes enough for two nights.) In a slow cooker, combine first portion of BBQ sauce and chicken. Cook on low until chicken is tender and cooked through, 4 to 5 hours on low or 2 to 3 hours on high. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  2. Shred chicken - Remove chicken from slow cooker and roughly chop or shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in the second portion of BBQ sauce. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  3. Green onions - Chop, keeping green and white parts together. 

  4. Dress slaw - Whisk together vinegar, oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add coleslaw mix and green onions and fold everything together until evenly combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Make

  1. Season slaw with salt. Taste and add more salt and / or pepper if needed.

  2. Toast hamburger buns.

  3. If chicken was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half for Thursday).

  4. Assemble sandwiches by filling buns with chicken and pickles (if using). Add some slaw to the sandwiches if you’d like and serve the rest on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Pressure cook chicken - (This makes enough for two nights.) In the bowl of an Instant Pot, combine first portion of BBQ sauce and chicken with 3/4 cup / 177mL of water (this is not on the ingredients list but will help prevent the burn error in the Instant Pot; increase to 1 cup / 237mL if doubling the recipe). Close and lock the lid. Set the pressure valve to 'Sealing'. Cook on manual, high pressure for 8 minutes. Use quick / manual release to release the pressure (be careful because steam will come out of the valve). (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  2. Shred chicken - Remove chicken from Instant Pot and drain off all of the liquid. Roughly chop or shred the chicken. Return chicken to Instant Pot and stir in the second portion of BBQ sauce. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  3. Green onions - Chop, keeping green and white parts together. 

  4. Dress slaw - Whisk together vinegar, oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add coleslaw mix and green onions and fold everything together until evenly combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Make

  1. Season slaw with salt. Taste and add more salt and / or pepper if needed.

  2. Toast hamburger buns.

  3. If chicken was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half for Thursday).

  4. Assemble sandwiches by filling buns with chicken and pickles (if using). Add some slaw to the sandwiches if you’d like and serve the rest on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (56)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (3)

Most Helpful

Time escaped me with the back to school craze and I whipped up BBQ chicken sandwiches on the fly. Seasoned the meat prior to adding to the slow cooker with BBQ sauce. Cooked on high for the suggested time. The meat was slow cooked to perfection (moist and flavorful). My picky LO gobbled it up. I passed on the coleslaw this time, but will try to adapt a mayo free version at some point. I did miss the color from the coleslaw as I tend to eat with my eyes just as much.

By: LaNita
Posted: Aug 30, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

28 reviews

5 stars because of how easy it was

By: Shannon
Posted: Sep 20, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was quick to make and tasty. I made it on the stovetop as I have neither instant pot, slow cooker or Dutch oven. It was fine, probably not as tender though. I couldn't find coleslaw mix even after two trips to the shops so I gave up and made green beans instead.

By: Estelle
Posted: Sep 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So tasty and so easy. I love crockpot meals!

By: Sarah
Posted: Sep 14, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The chicken was great and made for tasty but we weren’t fans of the slaw, would make a more traditional dressing next time

By: Emily
Posted: Sep 05, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The slaw wasn’t the best I’ve ever tried but it went really well with the sandwich. Easy, quick, and delicious!

By: Sarah
Posted: Sep 04, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the sandwiches. The slaw dressing was a touch bitter. I will make it again and alter the dressing or use a kit salad for ease.

By: Kimberlee
Posted: Sep 02, 2022
Diet: Original
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