One-pot BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches

BBQ chickenNothing beats good BBQ. Present me with a plate of smoky goodness, and I just.cannot.resist.

But the fact that the average person eats more than 3,000 calories in a single BBQ sitting? That’s not nearly as appealing.

So when my husband came up with this tangy take on a classic pulled pork sandwich, my heart (and stomach) skipped a beat.

Sure, he swaps in chicken to cut fat and calories – but I’ll vouch that there’s no shortage of finger-lickin’ flavor!

One-Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups BBQ sauce (your favorite brand)
  • .5 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Package King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Monterey Jack cheese slices
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce, optional
  • Pepperoncini, optional


  1. Season raw chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. In large pot (a dutch oven works best), add chicken, onion, garlic, BBQ sauce and apple cider vinegar. Cover with water, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, simmer on low for 45-60 minutes to cook.
  4. Remove chicken, reduce liquid by half (to sauce-like consistency) by slowly bringing heat up. Stir often to keep from burning.
  5. Shred cooked chicken, adding meat into sauce and stirring to combine.
  6. Assemble sandwiches using sweet rolls, meat and cheese. Add hot sauce and/or pepperoncini, as desired.

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