BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Coleslaw!

When I need to feed a crowd but want to keep it casual, I go for the Pulled Chicken Sammys and Slaw! You can make the chicken in advance and reheat when ready, making it one of the most convenient crowd pleasers ever.
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BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Coleslaw!

Delicious, Convenient, Easy!

If I am serving this meal for a get together I make the chicken a day in advance so I can relax at my own party. It’s also great to bring to outdoor parties or picnics, as long as you have a place to reheat and add the BBQ sauce, like a grill, it works!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Coleslaw!

Making The Chicken:

To make pulled chicken I use an Instant Pot. A crock pot works great too, so don’t panic.The advantage of the Instant Pot is that it takes minutes versus hours, but either way you end up with tender, juicy chicken! To shred the chicken you have two options. Option 1: two forks. Use one fork to hold the meat down and use the other fork to ‘pull’ the chicken into shreds. If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer you can simply place meat in the mixer with the ‘flat beater’ attachment and let the machine take care of it in seconds. Both ways work well so don’t sweat it if you don’t have a mixer.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and Slaw!

The Sweet and Spicy Sauce:

After ‘pulling’ the chicken you simply stir in BBQ Sauce. I used award winning Sweet and Spicy Grilling and Dipping Sauce from Sauce Goddess. It’s slightly sweet with a nice spicy kick, no-GMO and gluten free! Sauce Goddess also makes spice rubs, relishes and caramel corn. You can order directly from their website, or click to find stores that carry Sauce Goddess products near you!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and Slaw!

The Slaw!

I know, I know, people seem to have really strong opinions about coleslaw. They either love it or hate it. My coleslaw is creamy and delicious and the perfect compliment to almost any BBQ sauce, and not only do you need some veggies in this recipe but you need balance, and that is what this coleslaw provides! So I encourage you to try it even if you aren’t usually a fan. And just looks how pretty it is!

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and Slaw!

 

The Recipe: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and Creamy Coleslaw

What you need: an Instant Pot or crock pot, a delicious BBQ sauce and as always a good knife!

5 from 13 votes
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sammys and Slaw
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A crowd pleaser made in the Instant Pot or crock pot! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crowd pleaser, easy dinner recipe, Instant Pot
Servings: 6 sandwiches
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For chicken:
  • 2 bone in skin on chicken breasts
  • 4 bone in skin on thighs
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2- 1 3/4 cups warm BBQ Sauce
  • Desired amount of sandwich buns
For Slaw:
  • 2/3 head small green cabbage very thinly sliced and then chopped
  • 1/4 head small purple cabbage very thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1 large carrot grated finely
  • 1 teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 cup good quality Mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. To make this recipe quickly, prepare coleslaw while chicken is in the Instant Pot.
Chicken using Instant Pot:
  1. Salt and pepper chicken to taste, set aside
  2. Place broth, onions and garlic in bottom of Instant Pot
  3. Add wire rack trivet and place chicken on top
  4. Plug in Instant Pot (yeah, you gotta do that)
  5. Seal the Instant Pot lid closed and make sure steam vent is in 'sealed' position
  6. Press "manual", "high pressure" and press the + or - button until the timer says 15 minutes
  7. Wait a few seconds and the machine will say "on" and make a beep. That's it. The pressure will build and soon the machine will cook and count down the minutes. When it gets to zero you'll hear a beep and the machine will switch over to "low" keeping the chicken warm until you are ready to shred.
  8. With a hot pad or wooden spoon carefully turn steam vent to 'open' and allow steam to completely release before opening lid.
  9. Remove chicken, discarding broth and onions
  10. Use forks to remove skin from chicken (discard)
  11. Remove meat from bones and use two forks or kitchen aid 'flat beater' to shred chicken (see instructions in blog post above)
  12. Add warm bbq sauce and mix thoroughly, place on top of a bun, add coleslaw and enjoy!
Chicken Using Crock Pot:
  1. Salt and pepper chicken to taste, set aside
  2. Place broth, onions and garlic in bottom of crock pot, add chicken on top
  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours
  4. Remove chicken, discarding broth and onions
  5. Use forks to remove skin from chicken (discard)
  6. Remove meat from bones and use two forks or kitchen aid 'flat beater' to shred chicken (see instructions in blog post above)
  7. Add warm BBQ sauce to chicken and mix thoroughly, place meat on a bun and top with coleslaw. Enjoy!
For Cole Slaw:
  1. Prepare veggies and toss in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients, drizzle over cabbage and carrots, toss. Season with sea salt and pepper if needed.

 

25 thoughts on “BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Coleslaw!

  1. Do you prefer bone-in and skin-on because it produces a richer flavor? I find chicken bones annoying, but life is full of sacrifices!

  2. 5 stars
    All that saucy goodness!!! That’s always my favorite part, I’m totally a saucy girl when it comes to pulled chicken. So yummy!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of pulled pork/chicken/beef in the slow cooker/instant pot! That sauce looks so delicious, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it when I’m in the US next time.

  4. Love slaw on our bbq sandwiches! I think it’s the sweet and savory together that makes it.
    And I would totally throw the bones back in with the rendered broth and veggies and make some stock. 🙂

  5. This sounds wonderful. I’m always looking for easy ways to use the IP. However, I don’t see where to add the cup of chicken broth in either the IP or crockpot version. I assume it’s along with the onions and garlic.

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