Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches is an easy recipe for a family friendly meal.

Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

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.

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.

Making Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

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.

Making Pulled Barbecued Chicken

Add a quick-to-put-together sauce on top.  Then press the button and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

Pulled Barbecued Chicken

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).

Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

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!

Love, RecipeGirl

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:

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Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Easy, favorite dinner recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 10 sandwiches
Calories 188kcal
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken sandwiches, pulled barbecued chicken


  • 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!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg


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  • Rachel wrote:

    Any suggestions for a high school student that’s bringing this dish for lunch? We’re having a feast in class at around 1:30, and I was planning on bringing this to the school. There’s a staff lounge that I can use there since our school is fairly small. Thanks so much!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Keep it on low/warm in the slow cooker!

  • Teresa wrote:

    Made this for dinner tonight. Doubled the recipe and added chopped onion. It was very good. Will definitely make again. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Lori wrote:

    Guess what’s for dinner tonight? On Long Island digging out after the snow storm (well hubby is, I’m inside cooking, 😉 shhh). I like pork but I like chicken better…can’t wait to eat! Thanks for this recipe!

  • Kelly wrote:

    This sounds great! I am making it tonight. Would you be okay with me sharing this in a blog? I will post a link to this recipe if I can use it 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      If you could just share a link to the recipe and not the actual recipe itself, that would be much appreciated 🙂

  • Catherine wrote:

    Thank you for the recipe and the photos – made this yesterday and it was FANTASTIC! Having it for leftovers for lunch today too 🙂

  • Carol in Toledo wrote:

    My family loved it! So easy and so yummy!

  • Elaine wrote:

    Are the chicken breasts frozen when you put them in the crockpot?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Marty wrote:

    Just tried this to watch the playoffs. Wow! Great and easy. Love the crockpot for this kind of day. Easy and great!

  • Adria wrote:

    my boyfriend and i normally make pulled pork in the crock pot. on january 4th we had a party and wanted to have pulled pork and chicken. it just so happened that i came across this recipe and i love that i did. we absolutely devoured any leftovers and can’t wait to make another pot! it was also a hit with our guests. thanks recipe girl for sharing the goodness!

  • Stacy wrote:

    I’ve made BBQ chicken before with just bottled sauce and chicken. It was very tender and juicy but lacked flavor. The addition of zesty italian dressing adds a nice flavor, needed since you don’t sear the meat first (my favorite way to add flavor). Searing would defeat the simplicity and ease of crockpot cooking anyway. Kudos for making an absolutely delicious, non-boring crockpot meal! It was a big hit at our New Year’s Eve party — adults and kids alike.
    Oh, and I agree with your choice of crockpot; definitely the best one on the market today (I own two).

  • Jenna wrote:

    This Looks Great! My fiance just stumbled upon your webpage and I have spent over an hour already looking at recipes! I look cooking in my slow cooker and am making this tonight- I’ll, of course, add some hot cherry peppers on top too!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I love that idea!

  • Mommy Mia wrote:

    Great recipe! I made it tonight for dinner and it was delicious! Thank you! So easy to make! Adding pickles makes the sandwich absolutely delicious.

  • Jill wrote:

    I love slow cooker recipes…this is a keeper!

  • Katy | Alphabet Soup wrote:

    This was a total hit at my house. All of the kids ate it, and we even ate all of the leftovers 🙂

  • Carmen Skidmore wrote:

    Made this last night. LOVED IT!!!!!

  • Ashley@BakerByNature wrote:

    This looks so good I literally just moaned a little bit looking at those photos…

  • jeny_nour wrote:

    I layer the bottom of my crockpot with 1 chopped onion.
    It adds to the favor very nicely.

  • Diana wrote:

    Love this slow cooker chicken recipe, and when you make the sandwiches pile some cole slaw on top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Great idea- I’ve done that before and love it!

  • Carlas Confections wrote:

    One of my favorite meals of all time. I think I want it tonight!!! But since its too late, Ill make it tomorrow!

  • Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) wrote:

    How do I go about getting this to magically appear on my dinner table tonight? One word: SPECTACULAR!