Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

White meat chicken is slowly simmered in a homemade brown sugar barbecue sauce with sliced onions then sandwiched on a soft bun with sharp cheddar cheese. It’s ridiculously easy to prepare using the convenience of a crockpot and works magic on the chicken, causing it to fall apart to the touch. It has an incredible tenderness that just about melts in your mouth.

Succulent, sweet and tangy, the barbecue sauce has a perfect balance of flavors. The base of the sauce is ketchup with brown sugar, molasses, vinegar and spices like chile powder and smoked paprika to spice it up. It’s meaty, messy and finger-licking good. Everyone will love it.

Don’t fret if you don’t own a crock pot! I have included another version using store-bought rotisserie chicken. And have also included my go-to cole slaw recipe, for those of you who like the sensation of cool and crunchy cole slaw on your barbecue sandwiches.

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Rating: 51

Yield: serves 4 - 5

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


2 cups ketchup (like Hunt’s No High Fructose Corn Syrup)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup packed brown sugar + 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce
1 large onion, thinly sliced in half moons
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
1 + 1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
hamburger buns or soft rolls (whole wheat or whole grain)


  1. n a medium mixing bowl whisk, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, molasses, mustard, chile powder, salt, pepper and Tabasco together until well combined.
  2. Pour into crock pot, add onions and chicken breasts. Cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken to a large plate or cutting board and cool to the touch. Keep barbecue sauce warm in crock pot. When chicken is cool enough to handle shred it by pulling it apart by hand or using two forks. Return to crock pot and mix with sauce or add to a medium bowl and mix the sauce in.
  4. Serve on toasted buns with cheddar cheese and/or cole slaw.
  5. Easy version: Use a rotiserrie chicken. Simmer the barbecue sauce in a saucepan for about 20 minutes while you ‘shred’ the chicken. Add the shredded chicken to the sauce, heat through and serve.


Sauce adapted from Steven Raichlen vis Serious Eats

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Easy Cole Slaw

Rating: 51


1/2 cup Mayonnaise (like Hellmann’s)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried thyme
pinch or two of celery seed
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
a couple cracks fresh black pepper
4-5 cups ofcole slaw mix (like Dole) or shredded cabbage/carrot mix


  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together everything but the cabbage.
  2. Start by mixing in four cups of cabbage and adding more if needed.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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  1. Melody says

    If this was facebook I would click "like". I would click "love" if I was given the option!

  2. Claudia says

    Yep, I'm a sucker for thiese sandwiches. I love that you can make it in a crock and love more thesmiles this will elicit! And love even more that you specified Hellman's for yourcole slaw… I live in Miracle Whip country.

  3. says

    Mmmm!! We absolutely love bbq, pulled anything! Well, maybe not anything, but definitely pork and chicken. The sauce sounds a perfect combo of sweet and savory, and oh how I love this combo on a soft bun!

  4. Joie de vivre says

    I've missed you too Reeni! Thanks for stopping by. I LOVE your pictures and the green backdrop of the outdoors. They look so summery and wonderful.

  5. Kathy Gori says

    this looks really tasty, and yet I still can't get that yellow cake recipe of yours out of my head

  6. Brenda says

    I've been waiting for this, lol!!! Great minds think alike Reeni, eh? :o) Looks absolutely delicious! I would love mine with cole slaw on top and I like how you have molasses in your sauce. I wish I had added some to mine, I didn't even think of it. How funny we both posted such similar recipes. :o)

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