Spicy Maple Barbecue Chicken Sandwich

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You know I love a good slow cooker meal

That is why I loooove this Spicy Maple Barbecue Chicken Sandwich recipe! I do love to cook (obviously…I do have a healthy recipe blog), but I can barely find the time anymore. You would think that now that I’m spending most of my days back at home with Avery that I would have tons of time to spend in the kitchen, but we try to get out of the house quite a bit for fun time with friends and I spend a lot of time trying to make the house look like it wasn’t hit by a tornado. When I’m not on cleaning duty, I want to be playing with my kid, not spending all day in the kitchen. I use my slow cooker at least a couple times a week and this barbecue chicken sandwich is a welcome addition to the rotation. Luckily, I got my little helper to chip in with this one. 🙂

Spicy Maple Barbecue Chicken Sandwich - A super-simple slow cooker barbecue chicken sandwich that you can make in the slow cooker!

Low in sugar, high in flavor!

I had kinda sworn off barbecue when we cleaned up our diets because most barbecue sauces have a lot of sugar. I don’t think a little bit of sugar is killing any of us, but when it is in every freaking thing you eat, it starts to add up. When I realized I could make my own barbecue sauce (get the recipe in my eBook, Real Food with a Twist), I figured it was high time we brought barbecue back into our lives. I like to add a bit of spice to pretty much all of my recipes, too, so I couldn’t resist a little cayenne pepper kick here. If you are not a spice fan, you can leave the cayenne out. There is still plenty of sweet barbecue flavor!

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Go ahead, break out the slow cooker

I promise, this is the easiest barbecue you will ever make. We served it up on some good ol’ whole grain buns to make sandwiches, but you could also use this on a salad, on a corn tortilla, or even to make a barbecue chicken pizza. Enjoy!

Spicy Maple Barbecue Chicken Sandwich - A super-simple slow cooker barbecue chicken sandwich that you can make in the slow cooker!

Do you heart your slow cooker? What is your favorite slow cooker meal?

Spicy Maple Barbecue Chicken Sandwich

Yield: 4-5 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Whole Grain Hamburger Buns (I recommend Ezekiel Whole Grain Sprouted Hamburger Buns)
  • Toppings: Mustard, onion slices, pickle slices, whatever you like!

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken in slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Add chicken to slow cooker. Stir and flip chicken to coat thoroughly.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours, until chicken is cooked through. Shred with a fork before serving.
  4. Divide chicken evenly between buns.
  5. Add additional toppings as desired. I like pickle and onion slices!
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This recipe originally appeared in Southern Indiana Fitness Source.

Spicy Maple Barbecue Chicken Sandwich - A super-simple slow cooker barbecue chicken sandwich that you can make in the slow cooker!

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