Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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This slow cooker recipe is so easy to make and afterward you will have juicy, tender chicken that just falls apart, great for any party or get-together.

By serving BBQ chicken in the slow cooker, you can prep for your party while the meat cooks and then afterwards, let guests serve themselves. Done and Done!

At times, BBQ sandwiches can be a little heavy, by adding coleslaw you still get that great taste of BBQ while adding a special crunch to the sandwich and is a great filler for larger parties (It makes the sandwiches go farther). In this recipe, I’ve added grilled onions and chipotle coleslaw to add extra crunch and a little bit of heat to the sandwich. Yum!

Below is how I made these BBQ Chicken Sandwiches….

Start with putting 3 pounds of chicken in the Crock-pot with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. I used a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ (12 oz.). Insert the chicken and the BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on high and cook for 3 hours (or on low for 6 hours).

While the chicken is cooking, start grilling the onions (this can take awhile). Turn the grill on high and start to cut the onions into little ringlets. I put the onions into an aluminum foil pan and throw the entire thing on the grill. One important tip, you will want to turn the onions in the pan once or twice so that they don’t burn ( if you are worried about your grilling skills you can always pan fry these on the stove in a pinch). 😉

While the onions are grilling take the opportunity to make the chipotle coleslaw. I open the bag of coleslaw and toss into a large glass bowl. Any dry coleslaw that you like will work, I like grabbing dry coleslaw that has shredded red cabbage in it for extra color. Then I add in the mayonnaise and chipotle sauce to the coleslaw and mix together in a bowl.

When you’re done mixing up the coleslaw, set aside and check on the onions. They should take a total of 20 minutes on high heat, or until they look golden brown.

Once the meat is done cooking, take the meat out and shred with a large fork. Put the chicken back into the slow cooker and set to warm for serving. Once that is done you can then assemble your sandwich! For parties, I typically set aside large hamburger buns for the adults and small Hawaiian buns for the kids or for those who would not like a full sandwich.


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BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Sandwiches

  • Author: Elena
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


Enjoy this juicy tender, slightly sweet with a little bit of heat sandwich


  • 3 pounds of chicken
  • 1 12oz. bottle of sweet baby rays
  • 1 bag of dry coleslaw
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of chipotle sauce
  • 3 medium onions
  • 1 package of 8 Hamburger buns
  • 1 package of Hawaiian buns (optional)


  1. Insert all chicken into crockpot for 3 hours on high
  2. Add sweet baby ray’s sauce 12 oz.
  3. Add bag of dry coleslaw to large bowl
  4. Add 1 cup of mayonnaise
  5. Add 3 tablespoons of chipotle sauce (or more if you like more heat)
  6. Mix together
  7. Add cut up onions into aluminum pan
  8. Add to grill on high for 20 minutes
  9. remove when golden brown
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American











I'm Elena, the driving spirit behind Savor Paradise, where the Culinary Travel Lifestyle meets unique Airbnb experiences. Join me in a flavorful journey, discovering exceptional recipes and hidden Airbnb gems, as we embrace the adventure of culinary travel.

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