Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw // @speckledpalate

I hail from a place where pork is king when it comes to barbecue.
I now live in a state where beef is celebrated in barbecue.
And for the Super Bowl this year, I’m making chicken.

Yes, I know. I don’t know what’s even gotten into me.

Let’s say it’s a pregnancy thing?

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw // @speckledpalate

Whatever the case may be, these Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw are all kinds of delightful and the perfect dish to feed a hungry crowd on a game day… or at a party, assuming your guests don’t mind sticky fingers as they devour these.

This barbecue sauce, which comes together in the slow cooker as the chicken cooks in it, is just a wee bit sweet with a touch of spice. We both thought the balance of the sauce was divine, then combined with the fall-apart chicken and the equally balanced coleslaw, these Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw were meant to be.

Needless to say, this meal has been added to our rotation, as slow cooker meals are my current faves.

Here’s how you can make your own for this weekend’s big game:

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw // @speckledpalate
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw // @speckledpalate
Yield: 8 sandwiches

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Prepare for the big game by whipping up this easy and delicious entree. These Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw are sure to wow your guests without causing additional stress as you prepare for the party.


  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 8 Hamburger Buns, buttered

Slow Cooker BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Mustard Coleslaw

  • 16 oz. bag of shredded green cabbage and carrot coleslaw
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 ½ tablespoons BBQ sauce (from the slow cooker!)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon celery seed


  1. In the slow cooker, measure in the chicken stock, melted butter, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, soy sauce, hot sauce, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
  2. Nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce.
  3. Cook the chicken on LOW for at least six hours. (You can open the slow cooker up occasionally to shred the chicken and see how it's cooking, though you certainly don't have to do this.)
  4. When the chicken has cooked through in the sauce, prepare the coleslaw.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, mustard, BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar and celery seed. Whisk together until smooth.
  6. When ready to serve, brush the buns with additional salted butter and toast on a griddle or in a toaster oven.
  7. Toss the cabbage and carrot coleslaw into the mustard mixture. (The cabbage will become wilty in the mustard sauce, so don't toss the coleslaw until it's time to serve! We keep ours separate in the fridge and will just throw in the amount needed.)
  8. Layer the chicken and slaw on the toasted buns. Serve warm, and enjoy with your favorite barbecue side dishes.


This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for a crowd.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1121mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 26g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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  1. I don’t eat pork but this looks soooo good! I would use shredded beef and really enjoy this sandwich. Thanks for the recipe, pinning!

  2. WOW, these chicken BBQ sliders look AMAZING! I just pinned this and tweeted! Can’t wait to try the recipe, thanks for sharing!

    1. Then I consider it a job well done! Now, if we could figure out how you could TASTE a dish through photos, that would be ah-mazing…

  3. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with bbq chicken! In fact, I would argue that there are a whole lot of things right with it. 🙂 These sliders sounds great, and I love the tangy coleslaw topping!

  4. Oh my goodness I have had such a craving for BBQ lately – this is not helping!! haha These sandwiches look awesomeeee.

    1. If there was any way for me to send some of these your way, you KNOW I would. Though you might have to fight Winston, as he was a MAJOR fan of these sandies…

  5. I take my BBQ in any meat, honestly. 🙂 I used to not even like it, to be honest, it’s another one of those things that hubby made me come to love. I’m still hard pressed to truly enjoy ribs and wings most of the time (I have this things with messy food – I don’t like to bother with it lol), but give me a pulled BBQ sandwich and I’m all over it. This is making me so hungry, girl, and the mustard coleslaw sounds so crazy, it must be delicious!

  6. Yeah, I’ll take down any meat when it comes to barbecue! That mustard coleslaw sounds delicious. I’m drooling just thinking about the barbecue chicken and coleslaw paired on a bun. Yummm! Thank you for bringing it over to the Sunday’s Recipe Wrap-up. One of our hosts picked this recipe has her favorite this week!

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