Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches is an easy recipe for a family friendly meal.
A great slow cooker recipe:
Dear Busy People of the World,
Do you own a slow cooker? Or are you among the crowd of people who say “slow-cooker recipes are no good!”? I hope you own a slow cooker. And I hope you’re not in that no-good crowd. Slow Cookers definitely aren’t the best for everything, and not all slow-cooker recipes are worth keeping. But they sure come in handy for a lot of things… things like housing large quantities of chili and soup, warming mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day, and using GOOD slow-cooker recipes to make dinner for you on busy days/nights where you can’t imagine lifting a finger to do it yourself. It’s days like this that you should make things like these Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches.
I made these recently for a family gathering- one in which a crowd of family was going to be converging upon my house directly after a sporting event. I wasn’t going to be home to make dinner, so I decided to rely on the ‘ol slow cooker to do the work for me.
How to make Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches:
This recipe is so super-easy and it’s a no-brainer. Chicken breasts are placed into the slow cooker.
Add a quick-to-put-together sauce on top. Then press the button and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
At that point, the chicken is removed and pulled apart into shreds. You’ll wrap it in foil to keep it warm and moist. The sauce is thickened up briefly with some cornstarch. Chicken is returned to the sauce and it’s ready for sandwiches (or eating on its own with some potatoes or rice or whatever).
The rolls I used here are Panini Rolls from Trader Joe’s. They work out just fine for a dinner sandwich roll, but you can use any sort of roll- even mini sliders. The best part is… this is one of those slow cooker recipes that you’ll actually like and make again. It’s family-friendly (the little ones will like it too). And dinner is easy when you are feeling like you’re overwhelmed. They’re great for Game Day too. Don’t go for fast food- use your slow cooker!
P.S. Bread and Butter Pickles are optional, but they’re oh-so-good!!
P.S.S. If you don’t have a slow cooker and are wondering what kind you might want to get, THIS is the brand I have. I love it because it’s fully programmable, and it automatically turns to “warm” when it’s done with it’s cycle (so it doesn’t continue to cook the food, but it doesn’t turn off completely).
Here are a few more sandwich recipes you might like to try:
- The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Italian Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches
- Club Sandwich
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches
- Grilled Reuben Sandwiches
- Chicken Cheese Steak Sandwiches
- Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup barbecue sauce (whatever is your favorite)
- 1/3 cup Italian dressing
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons chicken broth
- additional barbecue sauce, as desired
- rolls, for serving as sandwiches
- bread and butter pickles, optional
- Place the chicken in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
- Remove the chicken to a cutting board. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir it into the sauce in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until the sauce is thickened and heated through (10 to 15 minutes). Meanwhile, use two forks to shred the chicken. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir. Add additional barbecue sauce if more sauce is needed or desired. Cover and continue cooking on low for 45 minutes. Serve chicken piled onto rolls. Add pickles, if desired.
- Nutritional information included here is for the pulled chicken only. Rolls and pickles and extra BBQ sauce are extra.
- *The brand of barbecue sauce that you use can make a big difference in the flavor of the chicken. I like Sweet Baby Ray's!