Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Do you ever have to feed a crowd?

We often find ourselves wondering what to fix for a large-ish group of around 20 people. It’s sometimes to hard to find a main dish that is low-maintenance, filling, well-liked and not too expensive.

These Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches have come to our rescue many times and are now one of our favorite meals!

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches {Tastes of Lizzy T}

You’re going to love this shredded chicken because it is quickly and easily thrown together in the slow cooker in the morning.  We especially like slow cooker meals on days we have a crowd for dinner, since there are often many other things to get ready right before the party!

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches {Tastes of Lizzy T}

You’ll line the bottom of the slow cooker with onions, put the chicken on top, then put on the savory sauce.  As this chicken cooks, the sauce thickens and the color turns into a rich brown.  And the onions?  They dissolve right into the sauce.  You’re kids won’t even notice they are there:)

You might be tempted to just pour a bottle of store-bought barbecue sauce over chicken.  Don’t be scared off at the fact that this is a homemade sauce recipe.  It really is easy to throw together.  The homemade barbecue sauce is going to simmer and cook into the chicken to give it such a great savory barbecue flavor.  Your kitchen will smell great while it is cooking and you’ll be glad you took the extra 5-10 minutes to make your own sauce!

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches {Tastes of Lizzy T}

The recipe as shown will make about 20 sandwiches.  If you have need a smaller amount, you can easily cut the recipe in half.  Or, you can do as we do and freeze the leftover meat for a later time.  It’s just as good warmed up, which makes this a great freezer meal for those busy evenings!

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches {Tastes of Lizzy T}

A fun way to serve this tender, juicy chicken is with coleslaw over the top.  Check out our Creamy Coleslaw recipe that we love.  Again, it is a homemade slaw sauce, but so much better than store-bought!

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches {Tastes of Lizzy T}

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: 20 Sandwiches

Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches are made in the slow cooker. They'll be great for your next family gathering!


  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • Sauce
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 pinches salt


Line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions sliced onions. Place the chicken breasts over the onions.

In a bowl, mix all of the sauce ingredients together and pour it over the chicken. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. When the chicken is tender, shred the chicken using two forks.

When the chicken is falling apart tender, take two forks and shred the chicken. Serve on buns.


Adjust the spiciness by adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce you put in.

Recipe adapted from

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    • Lizzy T says

      This sauce is just the right spiciness for us! Feel free to add more or less, depending on your liking! Thanks for visiting:)

    • Lizzy T says

      You’ll have to check out our Barbecue Chicken Salad…one of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. says

    I love pulled chicken sandwiches. :) Yours looks so delicious & with that coleslaw on there; that’s what we call Carolina Style! :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s All My Bloggy Friends! I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  3. Liz says

    Well I found this website last week after I used store bought BBQ sauce on my chicken. I decided to make it again using your sauce recipe and OH MY GOSH it’s amazing lol!!!! My mom and siblings have lived every recipe I’veade off of here! Can’t wait to try some more! Have a blessed day :)


    • Lizzy T says

      Awww, thanks!! I love hearing that people enjoy our recipes! The barbecue shredded chicken is one we make for company often and everyone loves it! Thanks for the feedback! :)

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