Thursday, January 31, 2013

Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches (Thrifty Thursday)

This recipe was not only cheap ( $10 for 6 sandwiches) but it was also incredibly simple (therefore it was thrifty in terms of time and money). I followed this recipe from  I modified the recipe slightly by using only 8-ounces of BBQ sauce instead of 12-ounces.  It was as simple as adding the frozen chicken to the crockpot, topping it with the BBQ sauce, closing the lid, and waiting around all day while the house filled with delicious smells and aromas. 

This recipe wasn't low FODMAPs because of the BBQ sauce (I've yet to find a FODMAPs-free BBQ sauce) but.....

Is it just me, or does this look like a bowl of hot wings?

.....when I shredded the chicken I didn't add the extra BBQ to my portion, only to Nick's.  Therefore I got the juicy, tender chicken with just a hint of BBQ sauce on top, making it at least lower FODMAPs.

I really enjoy shredding meat.  It's very liberating.

Is this sandwich not beautious?!  Nick actually cut some red onions and sauteed them to add to his sandwich.  He knows I  a) hate to cut onions because my eyes burn like crazy and b) can't eat onions because they contain FODMAPs, so he was nice enough to do this himself.  I think they made the sandwich look that much better.  He needs to be the food blogger, not me.

Nick served his chicken on a whole wheat bun, with red onion and cilantro. I just took off the onion for my own. SO GOOD! 

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Estimated Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Sandwich made with 1/6th of the chicken recipe, and including a typical ~160-calorie whole wheat bun.  Also, note that I only used 8-ounces of BBQ sauce, versus the 12-ounces called for in the original recipe from the link above.

** NOTE: 1/6th of the recipe, without a bun, would be about 420 calories.  If you want to use a lighter bun look for a 100-calorie bun in your local supermarket (or go even lighter and omit the bun and use the chicken in a taco salad or enjoy it alone, with some fun toppings) **

QUESTION:  What would you do with the extra BBQ sauce from this recipe? I used just a tad on a baked potato the next day, and then Nick used it on some chicken tacos the following evening (but Nick goes wild with sauce, especially BBQ.  He can't do just a tad).  Delicious.

Stay tuned for another wonderful (and incredibly simple) recipe for pulled chicken with a "hoppy" twist coming up next week.  Oh, and eventually I'll be getting Nick to post his succulent sea bass recipe, which he made for dinner last night.  Yes, Nick made dinner, and it was not only blog-worthy, but I could have easily spent $30 on it at a nice restaurant!  He's got some talent in the kitchen...have I mentioned that before?  And he even kept it relatively low-FODMAPs (and healthy!) for me.  What a guy.

Thanks for reading!

The Candid Rd


  1. I always look for slow cooker recipes! They make life so much easier. I know the boys would love this!

    Do you recommend a BBQ that has less sugar and "other stuff?"

    1. If you use a lot of BBQ, yes, buy one that is reduced sugar (but as far as the other "stuff", I think most other ingredients are harmless). I don't buy low sugar BBQ because we rarely use it, so when we do use it I want the best tasting, and true flavored ones!

  2. I hope your birthday was amazing, Gina! Nick's dinner for you sounds incredible!! A keeper hubby, for sure ;)

    That 4th pic on the! SO pretty!!!

  3. I love BBQ sauce - a lot of the times I mix it into homemade salad dressings and soups for a little hint of spice and smokiness. And you don't have to use a lot to get the flavor. Might work for you!

  4. YUM-- love the look of this, especially with those delicious onions on top!

  5. This looks so tasty! I love saucy chicken so I would use a lot like Nick. The extra would likely get tossed, though...

  6. I find that using frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooker is the way to go to keep the chicken nice and moist. I would love to try this with a pork tenderloin for pulled pork sandwiches.

    Why not use some of that leftover sauce for a BBQ Chicken Pizza like California Pizza Chicken? Use for extra flavor in some Sloppy Joe's or brush a little on salmon before cooking.

    That photo is beautiful!