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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
zucchini and carrot slaw

Active: 20 min Total: 4 hr 20 min

We use the slow cooker for easy, flavorful BBQ chicken sandwiches. It's so easy we doubled the recipe so you'll have leftovers for Tuesday.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches:
  • BBQ Sauce (store-bought or use recipe for sweet and tangy BBQ sauce below) - 1 1/2 cups
  • Chicken breasts, boneless & skinless (enough for two nights) - 2 lb
  • Hamburger buns - 4
  • Pickles (opt) - for serving
Zucchini and Carrot Slaw:
  • Zucchini - 4
  • Carrots - 3
  • Cilantro, fresh - 1/2 bunch
  • Sugar - 2 Tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar - 3 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce:
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Ketchup - 1 cup
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Apple cider vinegar - 2 Tbsp
  • Molasses - 2 Tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce - 1 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make BBQ sauce (skip this step if using store-bought sauce) - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, ketchup, chili powder, cumin, vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Slow cook chicken - This makes enough for Tuesday. In a slow cooker combine BBQ sauce and chicken. Set to low and cook until chicken is falling apart and tender, 5-6 hours, or 3-4 hours on high. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Prep slaw - Shred zucchini with a box grater or mandolin. Press between two paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Shred carrots. Chop cilantro. Combine zucchini, carrots, and cilantro. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Dress slaw - Toss slaw with sugar, vinegar and cooking oil. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Make

  1. Remove chicken from slow cooker and roughly chop. Return chicken to slow cooker and toss with BBQ sauce.
  2. Toss slaw and drain off any extra liquid. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toast hamburger buns if you like. Top each bun with BBQ chicken (remember to save half for Tuesday) and pickles. Enjoy with slaw on the side (or on top of your sandwiches if preferred)!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (172)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (21)
Vegetarian (15)

74 reviews

Loved the slaw.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Sep 14, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I had read through some of the reviews and decided to: 1) Slow cook the chicken without the bbq sauce first and then added the sauce during the last hour of cooking 2) Add lime juice and some soy sauce to the slaw. REALLY TASTY!

By: Alex
Posted: Apr 29, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The one thing I did was added a little bit of brown sugar in order to tone down the tangy flavor, because it was a little to much tang for my family. The slaw on the other hand was not a success. I think I may try it without the ciltrano, it was over powering the rest of it and my family is not a big fan of the ciltrano taste. Other than those 2 things, it was a big hit and I will make the BBQ again. =)

By: Paula
Posted: Dec 14, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty and super easy!

By: Kerrie
Posted: Dec 01, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

the slaw was really good, I used my spiralizer. The chicken wasn't the best

By: Amanda
Posted: Nov 15, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the BBQ sauce. I added some chili sauce in place of some of the ketchup and honey to sweeten the tanginess.

By: Tara
Posted: Sep 16, 2015
Diet: Original
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