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Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches made in the slow cooker with a simple homemade sauce. This recipe feeds a crowd so is perfect for picnics and potlucks.
Do you ever have to feed a crowd? Whether it is for summer picnic, church small group or a crowd of teenagers, 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!
We use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this bbq chicken sandwich. We keep them in the freezer and they shred nicely after simmering in the slow cooker all day long.
You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs. They are slightly higher in fat but shred nicely and have great flavor.
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!
Of course when time is running short, Sweet Baby Ray’s can come to the rescue. There’s no harm in that!
The recipe as shown will make about 20 sandwiches. If you have need a smaller amount, you can easily cut the recipe in half. Cook for the same amount of time.
If you have leftovers, you can do as we do and freeze the leftover meat for a later time. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. It’s just as good warmed up, which makes this a great freezer meal for those busy evenings!
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.
Here are a few other unique ways to serve shredded chicken:
Recipe adapted from Food.com
How would you suggest adjusting this recipe for 40 or so people (maybe with boneless skinless tenderloin?) If I double the recipe can I still put that much chicken in my crock pot and have it cook in 6-8 hours?
The recipe looks great. Can you tell me about how many pounds 8 boneless chicken breasts are equivalent to? Thanks!
Thank you! I used 6.25 pounds which was 8 breasts. I think there wasn’t enough sauce but everyone enjoyed it.
If I cooked this on high would it dry the chicken out? And would it be cooking for about 4 hours then? Thanks so much, looking forward to trying this.
It look like on the photo you where only able to fit four chicken breasts instead of eight? Do I need to use two crockpots?
About how much Sweet Baby Ray’s should I sub? I plan to make the homemade sauce another time, but for this specific occasion, premade is what I need.