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Cranberry BBQ Pulled Chicken with Apple Slaw - slow cooker chicken thighs and make ahead slaw cuts dinner prep time to a minimum. Completely delicious meal the whole family will love!
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5 from 2 votes

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

3 ingredient sweet pulled chicken topped with a crunchy apple slaw on a soft potato bun. Great for a weeknight or party!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Calories: 539kcal


Cranberry BBQ Pulled Chicken

  • 8-12 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 can cranberry sauce whole or jellied is fine
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Apple Slaw

  • 2 medium granny smith apples diced into matchsticks
  • 12 ounce bag of pre-made coleslaw
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion optional


  • 1 package hamburger buns
  • sliced Swiss cheese optional
  • 1 cup dried cranberries optional


For the Cranberry BBQ Shredded Chicken

  • In a crockpot or slow cooker, add chicken thighs, cranberry sauce and barbeque sauce. Heat on low 4-5 hours or high 2-3 hours.
  • Once chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F, remove from slow cooker and place on baking sheet. Cool for 10 minutes and then shred using 2 forks.
  • Pour cranberry bbq sauce from slow cooker into a large sauce pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Pour slurry into bbq sauce mixture. Heat on medium until bubbling and sauce has thickened.
  • Pour sauce and shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and keep warm until ready to serve.

For the Apple Slaw

  • Pour coleslaw mixture into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
  • Cut apples into matchsticks or similar small size and add to coleslaw.
  • Pour dressing over mixture and toss to combine.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Make Sandwiches

  • Spoon plenty of chicken and apple slaw on a potato bun (or your favorite). ENJOY!


Serving: 1sandwich with bun | Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg