Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

When you need to feed a crowd during the holidays with something that’s delicious, and completely stress-free, these Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are just what the doctor ordered.

Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Move over BBQ pulled pork, there’s a new kid in town, and his name is Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken. He’s flavorful, meaty, and all the ‘chicks’ love him! LOL *pun intended*Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Let’s face it, the holiday season is a busy one. There are parties to attend (or host), gifts to purchase and wrap, children’s school programs to go to, and all the additional family holiday activities to coordinate. Not to mention all decorating and holiday baking that goes into making the season merry and bright.
Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

With this recipe for Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches you’ll be able to feed a holiday crowd, while virtually spending only minutes of preparation time in the kitchen. This stress-free, delicious and unexpected twist on BBQ pulled pork will delight your family and friends, all while freeing you up to cross off some of the other one-hundred-and-one things on your seasonal to-do list. Consider it my holiday gift to you! 🙂

Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
If you’re wondering why I used a combination of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts,  it’s to keep the pulled chicken as moist and flavorful as possible. Because sometimes boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be dry due to the lack of fat, I wanted to pack in as much moisture and flavor as I could.
Even if you’re not serving this BBQ Pulled Chicken for a party, because it makes a lot you can store it in the fridge for up to week for your family to heat-and-eat on all those busy holiday evenings. Plus, it freezes wonderfully well so if needed you can divide it up into smaller portions for those times when there’s no time to cook but you’re craving a home-cooked meal.

Yield: 16-20 sandwiches     Prep Time: 5 minutes     Cook Time: 8 hours on high

3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
24 ounces cherry cola (I used diet Dr. Pepper)
½ cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought), plus additional for serving
Sliced red onions for serving, optional
dill pickle slices for serving, optional

-Add the chicken to the cooker. Add in the next 8 ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours.

-Remove the chicken to a bowl or dish using a slotted spoon and shred with two forks. Add additional  cooking liquid if desired and additional BBQ sauce as needed.

-Serve on buns with additional BBQ sauce, onion slices and dill pickle slices if desired.

Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

After serving these tasty sandwiches during the holiday season, I hope you’re ready to rock  um, make that crock, your new alias for the coming year…

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  1. I think I might make this for diner tonight! Looks so good!

  2. Yep, I could go gladly go for a huge one of these right now for lunch! 🙂 The addition of the cherry cola sounds awesome!

  3. I love easy, simple dinners like this that my whole family will love!

  4. I love the idea of using the breast and the thigh, smart!! This sounds fabulous, and with all the entertaining coming up it is perfect timing!

  5. Great tip on using a combination! I never thought about that. And I love how juicy this looks! Slow cooked meat is my favorite. 🙂

  6. I love the combo of chicken types – fantastic idea! I can already taste how juicy it will be!

  7. Now I am craving pork…thanks for sharing

  8. This pulled chicken looks fantastic! And a great way to feed a lot of people! Especially when everyone is coming in and out of town on the holidays!

  9. Lora CakeDuchess

    A dear friend of ours makes the most amazing pulled pork and I always look forward to their parties, because I know I'll get to make a sandwich. Your pork looks fantastic, Renee! I am going to have to make it during the holidays!

  10. Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

    I swear, I could probably eat these for an entire week and not get sick of them – they look DELICIOUS!

  11. Move over pulled pork! Pulled chicken is someone on through 🙂 This sandwich looks awesome! I would happily eat it on a bun or simply in a bowl.

  12. This pulled chicken looks delicious! Love that you combined chicken thigh and chicken breasts. I have only ever made this with breasts, but I bet the thighs add so much more flavor and moistness. 🙂

  13. Blackberry Babe

    I love pulled chicken sandwiches! Such an easy weeknight dinner.

  14. Pulled chicken sandwiches are so great for parties, or if you're like me, shredding up one day and reinventing the leftovers all week. You just saved us from starvation the week leading to Thanksgiving!

  15. Michelle De La Cerda

    This looks so good. The horseradish is a nice twist.

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