This easy BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe is made with chicken breast baked in BBQ sauce and seasonings, then added to mini slider buns. Make the perfect game-day appetizer, simple dinner, or main course for your next party!
This BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe is sooooo easy and tastes incredible! Serve it for lunch, dinner with sides, or as a game day appetizer.
The changing of the seasons means many things, but to food and sports lovers, it means game day! Enjoying bite-sized foods and appetizers is a given when watching any game, whether it’s the Superbowl, basketball, baseball, or hockey.
There are certain snacks and appetizers that just make sense when it comes to game day eats and one of those foods is sliders.
Sliders are small sandwiches, usually on mini buns, that are easy to eat and usually have some sort of meat or protein as the main ingredient. Sliders can be served as an appetizer or a main meal and they’re perfect for game day!
This recipe for pulled chicken sliders combines shredded chicken with the sweet and smoky flavor of BBQ sauce. Make this easy recipe for a potluck, or game day, or enjoy them as a main course with your favorite side dishes. No matter how you enjoy them, we promise they won't last long!
Why Make This Recipe
This bbq pulled chicken sandwich recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you're feeding a large crowd.
The recipe only takes 45 minutes to make, from start to finish! Even shorter if you use leftover shredded rotisserie chicken.
You can customize the flavors of the BBQ sauce to your liking. Make it as spicy or as sweet as you want!
This recipe is perfect for game day, but it's also great for a weeknight dinner. Serve pulled chicken sliders with a side of roasted potatoes or a simple salad for a complete meal.
- Chicken Breast - This high-protein meat is the best way to soak up the flavors of BBQ sauce when shredded and added to slider rolls.
- Cooking Oil - Used to help the chicken cook properly, so the seasonings stick.
- Brown Sugar - Adds a bold, sweet flavor to the chicken that compliments the smoky flavors in the BBQ sauce.
- Garlic Powder - Adds extra garlic flavor to the chicken.
- Chili Powder - Gives the chicken a punch of smoky flavor and heat.
- BBQ Sauce - You can use any flavor or brand of BBQ sauce you enjoy. We enjoy the flavor of Sweet Baby Ray's.
- 12 slider buns
- Shredded Red Cabbage
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Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Get out a casserole dish and set it aside.
Combine the chicken seasoning: Stir the oil, brown sugar, and garlic powder together until fully combined.
Cook the chicken breast: Add the chicken breasts to a lidded casserole dish and brush with the oil mixture. Put on the lid and bake the chicken for 25 minutes or until cooked.
Shred and season: While the chicken is hot, shred. Using two forks, gently pull the chicken apart until its shredded. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pulled chicken and stir to combine.
Assemble the sliders: Cut the slider buns open, top with BBQ shredded chicken, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and red cabbage. Serve and enjoy!
When cooking chicken breast, the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You can measure this with an instant-read thermometer to ensure it's safe to consume.
There are many ways you can shred chicken. Use a food processor, electric hand mixer, or even your hands if the chicken is cool enough.
For extra flavor, try basting the chicken with BBQ sauce while it bakes.
This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a larger crowd. Just cook two pans of chicken at once and double the amount of BBQ sauce.
Chicken safety: Wash hands, surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after handling raw chicken. Before serving, ensure the chicken is piping hot and thoroughly cooked, juices run clear and no pink color remains.
Add more vegetables: Try adding shredded carrots, onions, or celery to the slaw mix.
Make it a slider: Serve the BBQ chicken on a toasted slider-sized bun with all your favorite slider toppings.
Add some heat: If you like spicy things, try adding cayenne pepper to the chicken seasoning mixture or serve with hot sauce on the side.
Storage & Freezing
Any cooled leftover pulled chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
You can also freeze this recipe for later. Place the cooled chicken in a freezer-safe bag or container and store it in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge when you're ready to enjoy it again.
The best way to reheat this recipe is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and place the chicken on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat it in the microwave, but it may dry out faster. Add additional BBQ sauce as needed.
Yes, you can use pre-cooked chicken. Just shred it and add it to the sauce. You'll need about three cups of shredded chicken.
No, you don't have to use a casserole dish. Any oven-safe baking dish will work just fine.
These bbq chicken sliders go great with chips and dip, roasted vegetables, or a simple side salad.
More chicken recipes
We hope that you love this tasty BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe! Be sure to also check out these other chicken dishes too!
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich
- Casserole Dish with lid
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- 12 slider buns
- Shredded red cabbage
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Stir the oil, brown sugar and garlic powder together.
- Add the chicken breasts to a lidded casserole dish and brush with the oil mixture.
- Put on the lid and bake the chicken for 25 minutes or until cooked (the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees fahrenheit. You can measure this with an instant read thermometer.)
- Using two forks, gently pull the chicken apart into shreds.
- Pour the barbecue sauce over the pulled chicken and stir.
- Cut the slider buns open, top with some shredded chicken, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and red cabbage.
- Serve and enjoy!
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.