BBQ Chicken Sliders on Plate

#CookingWithHeinens: Game Day BBQ Chicken Sliders

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at

Bring on tailgate season! Whether it’s a youth league game or homecoming at your alma mater, tailgating  is all about the food. Making food that is easy to eat and even easier to prepare is key so that you can effortlessly balance your cocktail and your foam finger. Today I’m making our easy and delicious go-to tailgate dish: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders. These tasty mini sandwiches can prepared in your crock pot, instapot or even your rice maker (mine doubles as a slow cooker). This makes it easy to transport, keep warm and serve.

I’m not kidding when I say it’s one of the easiest dishes you can make. Place the ingredients into the slow cooker and turn it on. That’s basically it! When it’s done, pull the meat apart with a pair of forks then place the meat back into the sauce to keep warm.

Slow cookers are a lifesaver when it comes to tailgating. They’re easy to transport, easy to clean, and they keep your food warm even when the weather turns cold. For another easy game day slow cooker dish, check out this cheesy bean dip. It’s the perfect combination of flavor and texture for your game day event.

Shredded Chicken in Two Brothers BBQ Sauce

To make delicious sliders, the secret lies in toasting the buns with butter. We like to top them off with slaw and pickles. If you’re trying to decide what BBQ sauce to use, I was very pleased with Heinen’s Two Brothers Barbecue. It’s vegan and gluten-free! In fairness, I write many recipes for Heinen’s and often include their products, but this is my honest opinion. All the products I recommend are recommended because we truly loved it. This is one of one of them.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders


  • 3.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups Two Brothers BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼-½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • buns for serving, toasted
  • slaw and pickles for serving


  1. Combine Two Brothers BBQ sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and crushed red pepper in the basin of a slow cooker
  2. Place chicken breast in sauce and use a spoon to cover with sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or 3-4 hours on high. You will know the chicken is done when it shreds easily with a pair of forks.
  4. Shred chicken and stir well to coat with BBQ sauce. Serve.

BBQ Chicken Sliders
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  1. What type of Cole slaw works best with this delicious recipe? Thinking the creamy Cole slaw that you buy in the store would not be the best choice?
    Thank you.

    1. Good Morning Connie- We spoke with Sally, the creator of this recipe, and she says that any coleslaw will work well with this recipe. She prefers sweet and creamy because if offsets the spice in the chicken; however, that is a personal preference. She assures that substituting with an alternative coleslaw will still produce a delicious result. Thank you for your interest.

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