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Slow Cooker Maple Bourbon BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Apple Slaw

Slow cookers are one of our favorite tools in the kitchen. These delicious Maple Bourbon Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are topped with a perfectly tangy slaw. Don’t be afraid of the ingredient list – these sandwiches couldn’t be easier to throw together. Make these for your next weeknight meal or homegating party.

  • Slow Cooker Maple Bourbon BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Apple Slaw
  • Ingredients
    • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • ½ cup bourbon
    • 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
    • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp. molasses
    • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
    • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
    • 10 oz. Mann's® Broccoli Cole Slaw®
    • 2 scallions, finely chopped
    • 1 Granny Smith apple, finely cut into thin, short matchsticks
    • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
    • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • Salt, to taste
    • Black pepper, to taste
    • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns

    1. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. 1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the ketchup, bourbon, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire, onion powder, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook for 2 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low, until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a large bowl or plate and shred with two fork. 1. While the chicken cooks, prepare the slaw. Place the broccoli slaw, scallions and apple in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth. Pour over the slaw, toss to coat evenly, then refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 1 day. 1. Assemble the sandwiches. Pile the shredded chicken onto the bottom bun, top with slaw, then add the top bun. Enjoy warm.

    Chef's Tips

    The alcohol from the bourbon should completely burn off during the cooking process. However, if you want to be 100% certain that this recipe is alcohol-free, substitute ½ cup chicken stock for ½ cup bourbon.


    For gluten free: Use ½ cup chicken stock in place of ½ cup bourbon. Use gluten free hamburger buns in place of whole wheat hamburger buns.


    Calories 400, Total Fat 5g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 85mg, Sodium 700mg, Total Carbohydrate 48g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 23g, Includes 8g Added Sugars), Protein 34g, Vitamin D 0%, Calcium 10%, Iron 10%, Potassium 15% *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

    Serves: 8 servings

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