Whether you are hosting a party for the big game, or you want to kick off dinner with a funky twist on a classic, these Stubbs BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders with Lightened Up Slaw are a fun and easy dish you can create at home.
There is one football game I watch each year – the super bowl! And to be honest, I typically watch it more for the commercials than the game. I also love the food! Shocker, I know! But really, the commercials and good food are two great reasons for me to get together with friends and cheer on their favorite team.
For the past few years, we’ve joined our fellow student life leaders to help throw a super bowl party for the teenagers who attend our church. Everyone brings their own dish to pass and we all gather around a big screen for some cheering, jeering, and noshing. It’s always a lot of fun.
As I tried to think about which recipe to prepare, I thought I’d try a twist on one of my personal favorites – pulled pork sandwiches. I was inspired by the kind people at Stubb’s BBQ who sent me their recipe for BBQ slow cooker pulled chicken and by my colleague Lauren O’Connor from Nutri-savvy’s coleslaw recipe to take my traditional sandwich up a notch.
Now a wrench was thrown into my cooking plans – two new foster care placements! My husband and I have been licensed foster care providers and this is our second time around. Although the case is very different than the first, its still really overwhelming, exhausting, and time-consuming.
Do you ever find yourself in similar situations? Where time to get dinner on the table is limited? REALLY limited?
Although I love the idea of cooking as many things as possible from scratch, it’s not always realistic. So instead, it’s nice to have a few pre-made options on hand to ensure that dinner can be made on time.
Sauces and condiments often fall into this category for me. I often make my own BBQ sauce from scratch, but sometimes its nice to use a bottled variety.
Stubb’s sent me a coupon to try theirs and it was a pretty taste alternative to the homemade BBQ sauce I often make when whipping up pulled pork sandwiches.
It’s nice to know that I have a tasty option when convenience is necessary. It made the chicken moist and more appealing to my kids. We also paired it up with a veggie-rich slaw, and kept our ingredients as basic as possible.
- 6 whole wheat slider buns
- 1 small chicken, approximately 3-4 pounds
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- Stubbs BBQ Sauce, original, 1/2 bottle
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
- 1 broccoli stalk, shredded
- 1/4 Tbsp honey
- 4 drops lime juice
- Salt and pepper
- Cilantro for garnish
- To make the pulled shredded chicken:
- Lay half the onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Place the chicken on top.
- Cover with remaining onion slices.
- Coat chicken evenly with Stubbs BBQ sauce. Cook on high for 5 hours.
- When done cooking, remove chicken and shred meat. Set aside.
- To make the slaw:
- Combine Greek yogurt, carrot, red cabbage, broccoli stalk, lime juice, honey, and salt and pepper in a bowl.
- To assemble sliders:
- Place shredded chicken on top of one half of a whole wheat slider bun. Top with additional Stubbs BBQ sauce and slaw. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
- Place other half of whole wheat slider bun on top and enjoy!
You will have plenty of chicken leftover for additional sliders if you desire to make more or enjoy them later in the week.
For my fellow families out there, remember, realistic nutrition means that sometimes its okay to go with the bottled stuff. Just keep in mind that these sorts of foods, when utilized, should be considered “enhancements” to dishes rich in nutrients from other food sources.
Recipe adapted from the Stubb’s Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken recipe. Coleslaw also inspired by the delicious work of Lauren O’Connor MS, RD from Nutri Savvy Health. Grab her sweet and tangy coleslaw recipe here.
Disclosure/disclaimer: I was provided free product samples in order to try Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce in my own kitchen. I was not financially compensated to write this post and the thoughts expressed are mine alone. For a full list of my disclosure and disclaimer policies, please visit my legal page.