Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwiches are so simple and delicious! I make this dish often; because, I just have to pop the ingredients in my slow cooker and let it do it’s thing. The slow cooker is definitely my best friend in the kitchen.

Before kids, I had a slow cooker but never used it! Crazy me! Now, I don’t know how to live without it. I’m constantly pinning pins on Pinterest for new slow cooker recipes or coming up with my own.

Why? For me, I love simple.

Simple dinners mean I can forget about it while they cook (which means I have more time doing other tasks or more importantly spending more time with my kiddos and hubby).

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are also a game day favorite in my house (check out my Slow Cooker Chile Con Queso for a great game day appetizer. If you have only one slow cooker, you can make the queso in a pot. Just add the ingredients to a pot that’s set to medium heat, stir occasionally, let it heat up, and then set to low heat. Enjoy!).

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


  • 1.5 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1/4 C. BBQ Sauce (I like Trader Joe’s Apple Bourbon BBQ)
  • 1/4 C. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 ts. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 TB. garlic powder or 4 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 TB. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 TB. fresh dried herbs (I used rosemary and sage)


  1. Set your slow cooker to high.
  2. Rinse the chicken breast and place in your slow cooker.
  3. Add the BBQ sauce, chicken broth, spices and herbs.
  4. Cover with the lid and let it cook for 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily with two forks).
  5. Once you shred the chicken, put the lid back on and let it cook on low for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Then, it’s sandwich time! You want to use thick bread (the chicken is juicy and delicious). For the one pictured, I used a toasted Parmesan bagel.

You can add your favorite sandwich pairings. This is what I used:

  • 1 TB Apple Jalapeno Jelly (any pepper jelly will do)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 C. spinach
  • 1 TB crumbled blue cheese

The apple jalapeno jelly has a little kick and the apple makes it a little sweet. It pairs well with the apple bourbon BBQ sauce. Blue cheese and BBQ sauce is just heavenly together. And I add spinach to sandwiches to get my greens in.

Make it a salad! If you don’t want all the bread, this can easily be turned into a salad! I double my spinach and put it on a plate, top it with the chicken, blue cheese, black beans, sliced apple, and a drizzle of ranch. It’s so good!

For the kiddos: I put the BBQ chicken on their plates and serve sides like cubed cheddar cheese, grapes and green beans.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! This makesĀ  4 sandwiches.






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