This super easy Pulled Chicken Sandwich is made in a crock pot. No need to spend hours preparing the recipe. Just throw everything in the crock pot and go about your day as your home starts to smell aaamazinggg!
This recipe creates such a flavorful BBQ chicken. After the crock pot does the hard work all you have to do is take two forks to shred the chicken, which falls apart super easily, and stir into the homemade sauce in the crock pot.
Boom you got BBQ sliders ready to go!
- Chicken breast
- BBQ sauce
- Dijon mustard
- 1 small jalapeno
- Smoked paprika
- Ground cumin
- Chili powder
- Salt and pepper
You can keep this recipe simple with just BBQ sauce and water, but I promise it will taste 10x better with the extras!
The spices are what give the flavor and after marinating in the crock pot for half the day - I promise you're gonna love it!
I absolutely recommend using smoked paprika rather than just regular paprika. It gives it that smokiness that is hard to get unless the meat is truly smoked but if you have to use just regular paprika that'll work too!
I love a little spice and if you do too then you'll love the addition of the jalapeno. It's just a slight bit of spice, not much at all. So if you're not big on spice, it should be tolerable.
To make the recipe, add all the ingredients to the crock pot and stir it all together to mix well. Add the chicken breast and coat them in the sauce.
Turn the crock pot on low or high - whichever works for you - and go about your day!
You'll come back to the most delish smell of BBQ. Open the crock pot and pull the chicken apart with two forks.
It'll fall apart easily and the chicken should be tender. There'll be enough sauce to coat the shredded chicken well.
I never feel like I need extra BBQ sauce but if you do add what you need.
Serving Chicken Sliders
Who doesn't love coleslaw on BBQ, right? After moving to the South, I've learned there are two types of coleslaw: vinegar and mayo-based.
I like to take the mayo creamy-based coleslaw and mix it with plain coleslaw and make that my first layer.
The next layer could be pickled beets or this fermented cabbage, beets and carrots combo. I tried it recently and loved it with the BBQ flavor.
Make your third layer the shredded BBQ chicken and you got a gorgeous and delicious sandwich.
Sadly, these pictures don't show the three layers, but I can guarantee you they are delish and sooo colorful!
Sides to go with Pulled Chicken
We definitely need some good side dishes to go with this meal, so check out these summer-inspired veggie side dishes.
Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Basil Dressing: I absolutely love this recipe. It's so flavorful. If there's a veggie you're trying to get your kids to try and like - try this recipe. You can use the lemon basil dressing with any roasted veggie and it gives so much flavor!
Apple, Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Salad: This salad is served in an apple cider-based Dijon mustard dressing and topped with sunflower seeds!
If you love crock pot recipes - which you must right if you're here! You gotta try my Salsa Fresca Chicken Crock Pot recipe. It's crazy simple and yummy.
Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Sandwiches
- 1.5 pounds chicken breast
- ½ cup BBQ sauce
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 small jalapeno (about 2 tablespoons chopped)
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add BBQ sauce, water, Dijon mustard, chopped jalapeno, garlic, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt and black pepper to the crock pot and stir to combine.
- Add chicken breast to crock pot and toss to coat well.
- Cook on high for 6-7 hours or low for 3-4 hours.
- Once done cooking, shred the chicken and mix with the sauce before serving.
- I highly recommend doing the smoked paprika, but if you don't have it you can substitute regular paprika.
- For toppings, I love doing a layer of coleslaw and then a layer of either pickled beets or onions. I recently tried this fermented mix of cabbage, beets and carrots and it was delicious mixed with everything.
- Storage: best eaten within 4 days if storing the fridge
(Nutrition values are calculated by third-party software and an estimate that can vary based on product brands and cooking methods.)