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Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches with Pineapple Slaw

Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches with Pineapple Slaw

Chicken Barbecue Sandwiches with Pineapple Slaw are a healthier take on a party favorite. Chicken breast, barbecue sauce and a light crunchy slaw come together for a delicious sandwich.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 People


  • 4-5 Large Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce I use Sweet Baby Ray's Original.
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 14 ounces Cole Slaw Cabbage Mix
  • 1/4 cup Avocado Mayo Olive Oil Mayo works too
  • 14.5 ounces Canned Pineapple Tidbits drain and reserve 2 tbsp. of the juice Make sure it's pineapple in juice, not heavy syrup.
  • 1 tbsp. Applie Cider Vinegar This is for the coleslaw dressing.
  • 2 tbsp. honey


  1. SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS: Mix together barbecue sauce, Dijon and apple cider vinegar. Lay 4-5 large chicken breasts into the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the chicken shreds easily. Shred the chicken. Put it back into the slow cooker on warm until ready to serve.
  3. FOR THE SLAW: Mix together the avocado mayo, honey and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
  4. Drain the pineapple and reserve 2 tbsp. of juice. Add the juice to the avocado mayo mixture. This is the coleslaw dressing.
  5. In a large bowl pour in the coleslaw cabbage mix. Pour the dressing over top and add in 1/2 cup of the pineapple tidbits. Store the left over pineapple for another use.
  6. Toss everything together and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Serve the chicken on a bun (brioche is best) with the slaw piled high and extra barbecue sauce if desired.
  7. INSTANT POT/ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER: Spray the Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add the chicken. Salt and pepper the chicken. Pour in the sauce mixture. Cook on Manual or High Pressure for 15 minutes. Allow the cooker to natural release for 10 minutes. Shred the chicken and then put on warm setting until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

If you can't find the small pineapple tidbits, just buy cubed and cut it up into smaller pieces. Make sure the pineapple is in 100% pineapple juice and not heavy syrup.

Other Serving Suggestions:  This chicken is great without the bun too. Just serve some with coleslaw like a salad.  You could also serve it over rice.