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A super easy slow cooker recipe for barbecue chicken sandwiches with a twist.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I think I’m out of the norm a little bit, because I think I use my slow cooker more in the summer months than I do in the winter months. It always seems like when the weather starts getting cooler, people talk about getting their slow cookers out. But me? I think it’s a lifesaver in the summer. There are 2 big reasons why:

1 – it doesn’t heat up the house. We all agree that we don’t want to turn the oven on when it’s scorching outside, right? Well, I don’t really like standing over a hot stove when it’s hot outside, either. So that leaves you with about 3 options. 1 – eat salad all summer. 2 – use the microwave. 3 – use the slow cooker.

I lied – 4 options. 4 – eat ice cream for dinner. (I kind of like that one, actually!!)

2 – summer days tend to be super busy. Things to do, people to see and all that jazz. So what better solution than to throw something in the slow cooker in the morning and not have to worry about slaving away for dinner?

So yeah, all of you that think slow cookers are just for winter? I think you need to re-think that.

In the last few years, I have tended to stay away from the recipes that call for a package of this and a jar of that, mostly because I don’t usually have them on hand and I’d rather cook from basic ingredients that I usually have. But this recipe sounded so good and so easy that I just had to try it out. And lucky me, I already had stir-fry sauce in the fridge, so all I had to buy was the stir-fry seasoning. But really, you could probably use seasonings that you have at home already and call it good.

This is one of those dump-it-and-forget-it meals, so it’s perfect for those busy days. And I loved that it was different than the normal barbecue chicken sandwiches. I loved the flavors going on in it, and the leftovers were just as good!

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
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A super easy slow cooker recipe for barbecue chicken sandwiches with a twist.
Serves: 10 sandwiches
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 envelope (1 oz) stir-fry seasoning mix
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup stir-fry sauce
  • 2½ cups coleslaw mix
  • 10 hamburger buns
  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the stir-fry seasoning mix, ketchup and stir-fry sauce. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Cook until the chicken is tender and and cooked through, 6-7 hours on low.
  4. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker with 2 forks. Stir to mix the chicken into the sauce.
  5. Serve the chicken on the buns, topped with coleslaw mix.
All slow cookers cook differently. Cooking time may differ.


recipe source: Betty Crocker More Slow Cooker Recipes

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28 Responses to Slow Cooker Teriyaki Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

  1. Rosa says:

    Mouthwatering sandwiches!



  2. Dump it and forget it meals are the best! And I’m with you – I use my slow cooker in the summer too because it doesn’t heat up the house. I looove the sounds of these teriyaki bbq chicken sandwiches!

  3. I love chicken but doing this with pork butt is awesome too. I feel for you in summer heat in USA (it is almost winter in south), I hate the heat too especially when it comes from the oven or stove. These look so sweet and sticky! Love it

  4. Tieghan says:

    I love this recipe and I am with you on the slow cooker in the summer thing! It make sense to me, know I just need to remember to turn it on! LOL

    My family love anything teriyaki so I can wait to try this!

  5. I’m with you, Deb, I use my slow cooker all summer long! In fact, I have pulled pork in as I type this. I love that it doesn’t heat up the house and so easy to use. These look fantastic!

  6. I never use my slow cooker in the summer, but you’ve just convinced me to pull it out!!

  7. Your pictures are SO drool worthy, Deborah! Is it lunch time yet?! These look delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking to one of our crock pot faves!!

  8. Mmmm. And so easy to make.
    I’ve been dieting for a while now and just seeing those potato chips in the photo has me drooling! LOL

  9. LOVE the slow cooker anytime of year! Perfect for the hot summer and who doesn’t love coming home to a meal already done?!

  10. Holy friggin’ mouthwatering, Deb!

  11. Cassie says:

    I definitely use mine just as much in the summer as I do in the winter for the reasons you described…I can’t stand heating up the house with the oven. And I love everything about this, Deborah. My husband will love the teriyaki flavor in this!

  12. I’m the same way using my slow cooker more in the summer than the winter. The oven heats up our house in no time! Love the teriyaki flavor in this bbq chicken!

  13. Chels R. says:

    I love my crockpot in the summer too. Especially since we only have little a/c units in certain areas of the house. This is making my mouth water!

  14. carrian says:

    That’s so funny, i’M totally the same!!!

  15. I like option 4 ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring on the ice cream sundaes! Ok, maybe not every night! I really do need to start making more slow cooker meals. This is on my pin board for later!!!

  16. I agree about using the slow-cooker in the summer, why heat up the stove. These are beautiful sandwiches!!

  17. I did not use my slow cooker once all winter but I think it’ll come in handy for summer!

  18. kristy says:

    That’s funny – I’ve been using my slow cooker as the weather warms up too. It’s just easier and like you said, I’d rather be outside having fun with the kids than worrying about cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚ This will be a great one to add to our repertoire.

  19. This looks perfect for a summer dinner. The crock pot makes perfect sense, and these sandwiches look delicious!

  20. Tracey says:

    I love using my slow cooker in the summer too – some days it’s just too hot to turn the stoven on! These sandwiches sound awesome, I love the simplicity!

  21. Joanne says:

    I could totally see using the slow cooker year round! Why relegate it to the cold weather when there are tasty summer dishes like this to be made!

  22. It’s been a while since I’ve used my slow cooker but you have totally inspired me to dust it off and make this next weekend!

  23. I was actually thinking the same thing about using our slow cooker this summer! We made BBQ shredded pork in the Crock Pot last week, and it was a perfect busy weeknight meal.

  24. This looks so good Deborah! And you’re right, the slow cooker is awesome for the summer months! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh my, this looks mouth watering. I love this recipe, I have to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Mary says:

    Amercian transplant in Southampton, England — What do you mean by coleslaw mix…is it just a mix of shredded cabbage?

    • Deborah says:

      Yep – it usually has shredded red and green cabbage, and occasionally there are shredded carrots in it as well. You can just use shredded cabbage if you would like.

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