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5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Ranch Slaw

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This BBQ Chicken Sandwich recipe couldn’t be easier! With only 5 ingredients and a special chicken shredding hack, you can have these juicy, flavorful sandwiches on the table for dinner in under half an hour. Enjoy the universally loved combo of BBQ chicken flavor and creamy ranch slaw in every bite, maximize the experience for your taste buds!
5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Ranch Slaw Recipe | SideChef
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This BBQ Chicken Sandwich recipe couldn’t be easier! With only 5 ingredients and a special chicken shredding hack, you can have these juicy, flavorful sandwiches on the table for dinner in under half an hour. Enjoy the universally loved combo of BBQ chicken flavor and creamy ranch slaw in every bite, maximize the experience for your taste buds!

How To Make 5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Ranch Slaw

How To Prepare BBQ Chicken

If you’re making bbq chicken from scratch and are not using leftover rotisserie chicken, you can follow these simple steps:
  1. Boil the chicken thigh fillet or chicken breasts with some salt and pepper until cooked through. Cooking time is about 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken.
  2. Let the cooked chicken cool down before shredding it. You can use a hand mixer, stand mixer, or old-school two forks to break the chicken into shreds.
  3. Add the bbq sauce to the shredded chicken and set aside until ready to assemble.

How To Prepare Ranch Slaw

Start preparing the ranch slaw when all your components are ready to avoid having a watery coleslaw. Toss the ranch dressing into your coleslaw mix and season with salt and pepper until fully coated. Don’t forget to give it a taste to adjust the seasoning before assembling the chicken sandwich.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Chicken Thighs - usually has a higher fat content, making it moister than chicken breast, but you can also use boneless, skinless chicken breast. This chicken sandwich recipe is also a great way to use some leftover rotisserie chicken.
  • Barbeque Sauce - you can use your favorite bottle of bbq sauce or homemade bbq sauce. Make your own bbq sauce with this simple recipe: BBQ Sauce.
  • Coleslaw Mix - can be easily found in the refrigerated section in grocery stores; you can choose a regular coleslaw or tricolor coleslaw mix. If you have leftover cabbage, you can make your own mix too.
  • Ranch Dressing - feel free to use your go-to brand of ranch dressing or whip your own quickly with this 5-minute recipe: Homemade Ranch Dressing
  • Hamburger Buns - choose your best hamburger bun pack whether you like some brioche burger buns, potato burger buns, pretzel buns, or just regular buns. Even loaf slices can also work with this recipe.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Making your own bbq sauce gives you more control over the flavor; you can make it as sweet or spicy as you like. You can easily make a big batch since homemade bbq sauce can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, and you will only need less than ten ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Ranch Slaw be made ahead?

You can prepare the bbq chicken ahead of time, but we don’t recommend making the ranch slaw ahead of time nor assembling the chicken sandwich. The coleslaw can easily water down and will make your sandwich soggy. No worries, this sandwich is super easy and takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

What sides can go well with this bbq chicken sandwich?

Although this bbq chicken sandwich is already a perfect meal, sides such as Homemade French Fries, Potato Salad with Homemade Aioli, or Mac and Cheese will also go well with this.

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Ingredients

Servings
4
US / METRIC
1 lb
or Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
1/2 cup
Barbecue Sauce
1 cup
Coleslaw Mix
1/4 cup
Ranch Dressing
4
Hamburger Buns
to taste
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
468
FAT
18.2 g
PROTEIN
27.8 g
CARBS
46.2 g

Author's Notes

The recipe can easily be doubled to feed more people! To bring your ranch slaw to the next level, try adding a tablespoon or two of your favorite chopped herbs, like cilantro, parsley, or dill.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Place the Tyson® Chicken Thighs (1 lb) in an empty saucepan. Season generously with Salt (to taste) and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) , 1-2 tsp each (the extra seasoning is needed to flavor the chicken). Add water until the chicken is covered by 1-inch.
Step 2
Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 5-10 more minutes until the middle is no longer pink or the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Step 3
Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined tray to cool slightly.
Step 4
In a medium bowl, combine the Coleslaw Mix (1 cup) and the Ranch Dressing (1/4 cup) . Season with Ground Black Pepper (to taste) and Salt (to taste) , if desired.
Step 5
To shred the chicken, transfer the chicken to the bowl of a stand mixer and blend for 30-60 seconds until shredded. You can also use a hand mixer, or shred by hand with two forks.
Step 6
Add the Barbecue Sauce (1/2 cup) to the shredded chicken and toss until fully coated.
Step 7
Place a skillet over high heat. Once hot, toast the Hamburger Buns (4) in the dry pan for 1-2 minutes, until golden.
Step 8
Place a quarter of the shredded chicken on each of the bottom buns. Top with the ranch slaw and serve with sides of choice.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
468
% Daily Value*
Fat
18.2 g
23%
Saturated Fat
2.8 g
14%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
116.8 mg
39%
Carbohydrates
46.2 g
17%
Fiber
2.5 g
9%
Sugars
21.7 g
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Protein
27.8 g
56%
Sodium
977.5 mg
42%
Vitamin D
0.0 µg
0%
Calcium
113.7 mg
9%
Iron
3.1 mg
17%
Potassium
368.9 mg
8%
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