Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Oven or Slow Cooker)

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Oven or Slow Cooker)

Super simple shredded barbecue chicken for sandwiches or over rice


6 servings


4 large or 6 medium chicken breasts (2.5 to 3 pounds)*
1 large onion, diced
2-3 cups barbecue sauce of your choice**
6 sandwich buns or hot freshly cooked rice, for serving


1. Trim fat and skin from chicken. (If using split chicken breast, remove bone as well.)

2. Layer chicken, onions, and sauce into a 9x13-inch baking dish or into a slow cooker.

Oven directions (best for BBQ chicken sandwiches!):

Cover dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer, or until sauce is thick.

Use two forks to shred the meat. Spread on sandwich buns and serve hot. Or, serve over rice.

Slow cooker directions (best for BBQ chicken with rice!):

Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 7-8 hours.

Depending on the kind of sauce you used, the sauce could be rather thin by the end, so I like to vent the lid slightly for the last hour of the cooking time.

Serve chicken and sauce over hot rice, or shred the meat and use for sandwiches (there will be excess sauce if using this for sandwiches).

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Additional Notes: 

* I have used split chicken breast, boneless skinless chicken breast, or a combination of thigh and breast meat.

**We LOVE Sweet Baby Ray's original or honey barbeque sauces! Really, using a good sauce is what makes or breaks this recipe.

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

This BBQ chicken can be frozen and then later re-heated for a quick sandwich.

Preparation Time: 

5 minutes

Cooking Time: 

1 1/2 hours or more

Tammy's Review: 

Super easy, but I love BBQ chicken and this method doesn't leave The Q a mess! As I mentioned in the additional notes, we really prefer Sweet Baby Ray's sauce. I usually do the oven version and serve sandwiches. Yum!

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


I made these for dinner tonight. Perfect! My husband said they were better than "it eats." (Since you don't know my husband, let me explain; that is a very high compliment for a meal.) Best of all, I didn't have to turn on the oven on a hot day. I have leftovers for the Sabbath. Bonus! Only one dirty pan when all was said and done. This will definitely go into our summer meal rotation.


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