These pulled chicken sandwiches are so easy to make and delicious. A sweet homemade barbecue sauce gives tons of flavor, and the creamy and crispy coleslaw adds enough texture to pull the sandwich together. Turning basic chicken into this delicious meal, you will love this recipe for your regular routine.
Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Pulled chicken is one of my favorite slow cooker meals. It is so easy to throw into the Crock Pot in the morning and let cook all day while I work. This recipe has a simple but flavorful homemade sauce. Unlike most barbecue sauces, this one is sweet and tangy instead of spicy. I love topping it with a simple creamy coleslaw and toasted bun.
One of the bonuses of this recipe is that it is not only easy for you to make, but it is kid-friendly. Adults in the house will enjoy the elevated flavors, but you will also love that your kids will devour these sandwiches.
If you need more kid-friendly recipes for dinner, check out my parmesan cheese crusted garlic grilled cheese. This is so delicious! Another easy recipe that helps get some vegetables into their diet is this simple cold pasta salad with vegetables. So easy to whip up and really delicious.
Can This be a Freezer Meal?
Yes! I love that I can mix up the sauce and pour it into a freezer bag with the chicken breasts to freeze and cook down the road. You can also cook it completely, allow it to cool, and portion it for freezing as a fast meal later.
Just remember that if you are freezing any meal like this one, you need to make sure that you date and label the bag so you know what is in it for later. I also like to add on my cooking instructions when labeling a freezer meal.
Another great meal to prepare and freezer for future meals is this easy bolognese sauce. It goes well over pasta and in things like lasagna or stuffed shells.
Can I Make This Chicken in the Instant Pot?
You can easily make this pulled chicken recipe in the Instant Pot. All you have to do is add the chicken breasts and all ingredients, except for the flour, for the pulled chicken into the pot. Set to high and cook for 13 minutes. Allow it to naturally release for 7 minutes. Release remaining pressure and remove the chicken from the pot. Mix the flour into the sauce and whisk well, then shred the chicken and add back into the pot to mix with the barbecue sauce.
If you have any leftover pulled chicken recipe, you can add it into this chicken quesadilla recipe in place of the spicy chicken. Skip the sriracha sauce and use the barbecue sauce instead.
Ingredients for Pulled Chicken
- Chicken breast
- Worcestershire sauce
- Sweet mustard
- Hot sauce
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
Ingredients for Creamy Coleslaw
- Shredded cabbage
- Pickled jalapeno
- Lemon juice
- Sour cream
- Black pepper
How to Make Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
For the pulled chicken, you will place your chicken into the bottom of your slow cooker and then cover with all of the chicken ingredients except for the flour.
Note: I like to mix the sauce ingredients together first before pouring over the chicken, but you do not have to do that.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Once done cooking, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred, then set aside.
Mix the flour into the sauce in the slow cooker, and whisk until no lumps remain.
Add the chicken back into the sauce and allow it to cook for another 15 minutes to thicken.
Serve on toasted buns with the cabbage recipe below.
How to Make Creamy Coleslaw Recipe
In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the coleslaw together and mix until well combined.
Top the pulled chicken with a spoon of slaw before serving.
Ingredients for Pulled Chicken:
- 1 cup applesauce
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½-1 tablespoon hot sauce (depending upon heat level preferences)
- ½tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Ingredients for Coleslaw
- 2 cups cabbage, shredded
- 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno, minced
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- Salt and Black pepper to taste
For Pulled Chicken:
- In a bowl, combine the applesauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper until combined.
- Place the chicken breasts in a single layer on the bottom of your slow cooker, then pour the sauce over the top.
- Cook for 4 hours on low heat.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred.
- Whisk the flour into the sauce until no lumps remain, then add the chicken back into the sauce.
- Allow the sauce to soak into the shredded chicken before serving.
For Creamy Coleslaw
- Mix together the cabbage and coleslaw ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
- Refrigerate until time to serve.
How to Make a BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich
- Toast buns, top with 2-3 tablespoons pulled chicken, and 1-2 tablespoons coleslaw, then serve.
Add this mixture of shredded pulled chicken and coleslaw to a tortilla. Wrap and slice on a bias before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 564mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 20g