BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches and a 4th of July Party Menu!

Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!Just a couple of days until the holiday weekend and we are in full planning mode for our July 4th BBQ Party! Desserts are being made, side dishes planned. Lots of deliciousness abound! These BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are one of the 3 main proteins we will be serving. Sweet and Tangy BBQ sauce drenched chicken, topped with Cole Slaw and served in a delicious Sweet Hawaiian Bun. Who wouldn’t be in a celebratory mood with a meal like that?!

To make the chicken you can choose a variety of methods. First, for any method you choose, season with salt and pepper.

  • Put in the slow cooker using my Crispy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe
  • Roast in the oven, skin side up, at 425 degrees for 25 minutes
  • Grill and chop (not really a pulled chicken, but still delicious.
  • Braise in the bbq sauce in a low 250 degree oven for 2 hours.

The winner? Hands down, the Crispy Slow Cooker Chicken recipe. Super easy and SERIOUSLY delicious. If you follow me on Instagram you can tell how addicted to it we are!

Remove skin and bones and gently pull chicken apart with a fork. Mix with BBQ Sauce. I use my favorite Tony Roma’s Original BBQ Sauce recipe for it. If you are looking for a ready-made BBQ sauce to try? Our favorite is Bone Suckin’ Sauce.Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!
Brush melted butter on the inside of the buns and put face down on a griddle or in a 375 degree oven for 5-7 minutes until browned.  I use my Sweet Hawaiian Bread and Buns for almost all sandwiches and burgers in our house. Yup, we eat well. And we work out like mad to make up for it too! Which you also see glimpses of in my Instagram! 😉Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!
Top bottom of the bun with ½ cup of BBQ chicken mixture, then ⅓ a cup of cole slaw.  I use my favorite Tony Roma’s Cole Slaw recipe.Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!If you are going to make these ahead of time, you can add a leaf of lettuce to the top and bottom bun before you add the chicken and cole slaw. It will help prevent sogginess from setting in. Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Cole Slaw and Hawaiian Bread

Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!
Yield 6 Sandwiches
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 8 chicken thighs , bone in, skin on
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce (My go to is the Tony Roma's BBQ Sauce or if premade, Bone Suckin' Sauce)
  • 6 Hawaiian Bread Buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter , melted (optional)
  • 2 cups Cole Slaw
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Put salt and pepper in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Put the thighs in, skin side up
  • Season with more salt and pepper.
  • Cook on low for 7 hours.
  • Remove skin and bones and gently pull chicken apart with a fork.
  • Mix with BBQ Sauce.
  • Brush melted butter on the inside of the buns and put face down on a griddle or in a 375 degree oven for 5-7 minutes until browned.
  • Top bottom of the bun with ½ cup of BBQ chicken mixture, then ⅓ a cup of cole slaw.
  • If you are going to make these ahead of time, you can add a leaf of lettuce to the top and bottom bun before you add the chicken and cole slaw. It will help prevent sogginess from setting in.

Nutrition

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1235mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: bbq chicken sandwich, BBQ Pulled Chicken, BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich, slow cooker chicken

Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!

Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich topped with Cole Slaw. A perfect meal for your 4th of July BBQ!

And now, a rundown of our 4th of July BBQ Party Menu in case you are planning your own BBQ and want some menu help!

Appetizers:

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pizza Roll Square

Guapo’s Fresh Salsa with Tortilla Chips

Chip and Salsa

Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip poured over a block of room temperature cream cheese.

Spicy Brown Mustard, sweet Honey & Raspberry Preserves make this Raspberry Honey Mustard Dip ADDICTING! A Harry&David all-time favorite!

Sides:

Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Green Onions & Bacon Vinaigrette

Yukon Gold and Green Onion Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Chipotle Inspired Jalapeno Lime Corn Salad

Chipotle Jalapeno Lime Corn Salad

Honey Bacon Baked Beans

These baked beans are sticky, salty [from the delicious bacon!] and sweet and a perfect addition to your BBQ or picnic

Tony Roma’s Cole Slaw

Tony Roma's Cole Slaw - Sweet, Tangy, Delicious Cole Slaw with a hint of celery seed. Part of the perfect BBQ meal this summer!

Main Courses:

Baked Chicken Caesar Salad with Crispy Buttery Topping

Baked with lots of Parmesan cheese, this pasta is full of classic Caesar salad flavors and topped with a deliciously rich buttery cracker crust. You can also serve this pasta unbaked as a pasta salad at a picnic!

Jack Daniel’s Bacon Cheeseburgers

Jack Daniel's sticky, sweet & spicy sauce on a delicious bacon cheeseburger. Can it get any better?

Sweet Hawaiian Buns for the burgers and the sandwiches on this page!

Hawaiian Bun

Desserts:

Legendary Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

Oreo Chunk Cookies

Chewy & Crispy Oreo Chunk Cookies made with Oreo crumbs and Oreo chunks! The best of an Oreo cookie and sugar cookie combined!

Strawberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Strawberries, White Chocolate and Oats make for a delicious cookie that is low in calories and fat! With only ¼ cup of butter, these cookies are still chewy and rich despite being a light recipe!

Salted Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Salty, sweet, creamy and altogether sinful. These cupcakes are just about the best baked thing I have ever eaten.

Graham Cracker Cupcakes Stuffed with S’mores Cookie Dough and Topped with Toasted Marshmallows

S'mores Cookie Dough Cupcakes - filled with Eggless S'mores Cookie Dough, a Graham Cracker Cake, Chocolate Ganache, and Toasted Marshmallow on top. Summer in a cupcake!

Hope you got some menu ideas or inspirations!! Have a fantastic, SAFE, 4th of July! Tune in tomorrow if you are not too busy partying for another delicious recipe!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Argh I bought the wrong chicken thighs! Boneless, skinless. Do you think they could still cook in the slow cooker with your method?

    1. They could (less flavorful though), I would shoot for 4-5 hours on low though, or they’ll start to disintegrate 🙂

  2. This looks amazingly good. I love pulled pork and cole slaw but haven’t had them together like this. It sound great though!

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