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BBQ Chicken Sandwich on a marble board.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top + Instant Pot + Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


BBQ Chicken Sandwich – an easy, delicious recipe for bbq chicken sandwiches that works on the stove-top, Instant Pot or Slow Cooker!



Stove Top:

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • water for saucepan
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce

Slow Cooker:

  • 1 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Instant Pot:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce



Stove Top:

  1. Take medium/large saucepan and fill 3/4 of the way with water.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add chicken to boiling water and reduce temp to bring water to a simmer.
  4. Let simmer 15-20 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove chicken and ensure center of thickest part of chicken has reached 165 degrees.
  6. Place chicken on a plate and shred with two forks. Place in a bowl with BBQ Sauce; stir to combine.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Place chicken breasts in crock pot.
  2. Pour 1 cup bbq sauce over top.
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8 hours.
  4. Once chicken is done cooking, shred with two forks.  The sauce will be thinned out due to the heat, but as it cools and you mix the shredded chicken around it will thicken back up.
  5. Add the additional 1/2 cup bbq sauce (or more if you want); stir to combine.

Instant Pot:

  1. Add 1 cup of chicken broth (or water) to Instant Pot.
  2. Place chicken inside (no need for trivet).
  3. Set Instant Pot to “Seal” and cook on High Pressure for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Allow Instant Pot to naturally release.
  5. Remove chicken and place on a plated; pour out any remaining liquid in the Instant Pot. Shred the chicken with two forks and place back into the Instant Pot.
  6. Add BBQ Sauce and stir to combine.

Sandwich :

  • Open your bun, lay down some lettuce and some coleslaw, add your bbq chicken on top, drizzle on some ranch and put the other half of your bun on top! Super easy and so good!


  • BBQ Sauce: feel free to use whatever bbq sauce you prefer.
  • Buns: use whatever hamburger buns you prefer: gluten-free, paleo, whole wheat, etc.
  • Ranch: we love our homemade ranch, but use whatever works best for you.
  • Paleo: To make these paleo simply use a paleo bbq sauce and paleo hamburger buns!
  • Cook Time Listed: I used the stove-top method for the listed cook time – of course if you opt for the slow cooker or instant pot it will take longer than that.

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