The Speckled Palate
January 28, 2015

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
5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Mustard Coleslaw

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.
Course Entree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Erin Parker Skinner, The Speckled Palate


  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • Mini (or Regular) Hamburger Buns

Slow Cooker BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Mustard Coleslaw

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


  1. In the slow cooker, measure in the chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, grainy dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
  2. Nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce mixture.
  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, spicy mustard, grainy dijon mustard, BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar and celery seed. Whisk together until smooth.
  6. When ready to serve, heat up the buns, and 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.)
  7. Enjoy warm with several napkins!

Recipe Notes

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

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

What kinds of dishes do you like to prepare for a Super Bowl (or sports-watching) party?

Are you making anything special for this weekend’s game?


  1. amanda

    This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it out.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Amanda! I hope that you enjoy it when you give it a try!

  2. Louida

    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!

    • Erin

      Well, you’re in luck, Louida, because I used chicken! Though I’m sure beef would work really well here, too. Enjoy!

  3. Amy Albers

    Oh, yum! This looks amazing! I love that it’s in the slow cooker!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Amy! Slow cooker meals are the best, and this one is SO easy!

  4. Marissa

    These look so delicious and I’d be happy to have some of the coleslaw on its own. Love the flavors!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Marissa. The coleslaw is delightful by itself, though it works incredibly well with the BBQ chicken, too!

  5. sarah

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

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Sarah! Let me know what you think of the recipe when you try it out!

  6. Kimberly Bolden

    Those sliders look absolutely scrumptious. I will definitely need to try the slaw as well.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Kimberly! Being from Memphis, the slaw’s gotta go on the sandwich for me, so I hope you enjoy the combination, too!

  7. Trish @ Well Worn Fork

    I’m sorry. I’m not able to read your post. I’m too busy drooling over these pictures! <3 <3

    • Erin

      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…

  8. Eileen

    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!

    • Erin

      I think you’re definitely right, Eileen! Thanks!

  9. Ashley

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

    • Erin

      You should totally give in to that BBQ craving, Ashley… Just sayin’!

  10. Susannah

    Magic words, you have. I’ll take two. You can FedEx them.

    • Erin

      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…

  11. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

    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!

  12. Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt

    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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