Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
A simple BBQ chicken sandwich recipe that’s full of tangy and smoky flavors. Perfect for those hot summer evenings when you’d rather not turn on the oven.
There’s no way around it – BBQ chicken sandwiches are delicious. They’re tangy, kind of smoky, super messy bundles of joy. If you make them in the slow cooker, you can add ‘easy’ to that list of adjectives. The slow cooker (or crockpot as we call it in Minnesota) is a wonderful cooking tool that will help you get through the hot and humid summer months by allowing you not to turn on the oven. Whoever invented this thing is a genius. You can crank out fantastic meals that make your house smell amazing (and drive your cats crazy) with seriously minimal effort. BBQ + chicken + bun + your favorite toppings = bliss.
I like to turn the slow cooker on for about 10 minutes before I stick anything in there. This creates a warm base and the spices will heat up and become a little more aromatic when added to it. Turn on the slow cooker and add 2 Tbsp. of chicken stock. Let it warm for 10 minutes. In the meantime, gather up your spices. For this recipe, I use 1 tsp. of garlic powder, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, and 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper, dried rosemary, and dried oregano. Once the stock has warmed a little bit, add half of each spice along with a pinch of salt and pepper. I like to add half the spices to the bottom and then the remaining half on top of the meat. This sort of ‘wraps’ the chicken with flavor (that’s what I tell myself, anyway). You will start to smell the garlic and spices as they heat up.
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