BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

Do you realize we’re approaching Memorial Day weekend, which is usually a big beach & bbq weekend and we’ve only had like TWO days above 75 degrees.  I’m starting to get seriously restless for some warm weather here.  This weekend is supposed to be 50 degrees and rainy. Oh joy.  Last year we were lounging on the beach on a 90 degree day in MARCH. Ok, I know that was a fluke, but seriously, we’re almost in June, HELLO SUMMER! Are you out there?? I would like to start wearing my flip flops please!!

Oh well, let’s just pretend like its summer and eat things like bbq chicken and cole slaw, or bbq chicken cole slaw…

BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

Ok, I know it sounds a little weird.  You want me to put chicken? In my cole slaw?  But trust me, just do it! You know that you would totally scoop up a big spoonful of shredded BBQ chicken and cole slaw in a single bite if they were on the same plate so its really not that weird to just mix it all together and let the flavors have a little party in your mouth.

BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

So I’ve pretty much retired the slow cooker for the summer, but I allow it to make occasional appearances when it wants to help me make things like shredded chicken or bbq ribs.  In this case I made the shredded chicken in it by just cooking on low with some BBQ sauce and onions for about 6 hours.

BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

So you have two options when you make this.  Either make it the day before, let the chicken and cole slaw chill in the fridge and then mix it all together before serving.  OR if you are looking to serve it the day you make it, you can just serve the bbq chicken on top of the cole slaw.  I suppose you could mix it all together if you want but I’m not sure how a warm cole slaw would taste, for some reason I feel like it needs to be served cold.  Up to you though! It’s your mouth!

BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

Know what would be totally awesome?  If the weather gods were just like “PSYCH!  Got you! We’re little practical jokers up here and we told the weather men that its going to be crappy out BUT and we’re actually going to give you a long weekend full of gorgeous warm weather! Surprise!”  Wooohooo!  That would be awesome.  Let’s keep praying, its not too late.

Hope you all enjoy your long weekend, no matter the weather.  Hell, put on your snowsuit and rain boots and go puddle jumping, that’s what I’ll be doing up in the arctic of Massachusetts.



The smell of fresh lilacs.


Are they not the most heavenly smelling flowers ever?  I’m pretty sure I’ve creeped a few people out when they look out their window and see me in their yard with my head in their lilac bush. Sorry – I don’t have my own so I have to go get my spring lilac fix elsewhere. Share the love people!

I snapped this photo really quick because the garbage men were about to drive by.  I don’t know why but I have this thing where I don’t like people seeing me take photos.  How weird is that?  I’m always snapping photos on my afternoon walks of random things but I always wait until no one is around to take it.  Why is that?  Strange right?

BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

Allergy Egg, Milk
Meal type Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Pre-preparable


  • 1 Medium onion
  • 1- 1.5lb chicken breast
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 3 Medium carrots
  • 1/4 hass avocado
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper (to taste)


1. Slice 2/3 of the onion and place in a single layer at the bottom of a slow cooker. Salt & pepper chicken breasts and place whole on top of the onions. Pour 3/4 Cup of BBQ sauce over the chicken. Cover and set to cook on low for 6-8 hours.
2. Add the remaining onion and carrots to a food processor using the shredding attachment until finely shredded. (If you don't have this you can just grate or slice very thinly). Slice the cabbage thinly and toss in a large bowl with the carrot and onion.
3. Using a blender, food processor or immersion blender, combine the dressing ingredients (avocado, yogurt, mayo, pickle juice, vinegar, oil, salt & pepper) until smooth & creamy. If the dressing it too thick, you can add a tablespoon of water to thin it out. Pour the dressing over the cabbage carrot mixture and toss well to coat. Refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors meld.
4. When BBQ chicken is done, carefully remove the breasts and shred using two forks. Toss in a bowl with some of the cooking liquid and the remaining BBQ sauce.
5. You can choose to let the chicken cool in the fridge and toss with the coleslaw mixture. Or serve warm with cole slaw on the bottom and pulled bbq chicken on top.






12 Responses to BBQ Chicken Cole Slaw

  1. I do the same thing with lilacs!! They smell so incredible! Whenever I’m walking the dogs, I always stop and smell them – people must think I’m crazy…talking to my dogs, smelling their flowers. I mentioned to my landlord how much I loved them because we have a few lilac bushes next to our building, and he very nicely told me to take as many as I want. I literally put them in every room last week. Heaven!

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous! I don’t know if there is any better smell in the world! I might have to do a little midnight clipping on a neighbors lilac to put some in the house. (jk) (maybe)

      • teak says:

        Too funny, I went out the other night at 11pm and clipped like 7 big lilacs from my neighbors white lilac bush, lol….smell incredible!!! Hey, they’ll grow again!

  2. EmilyHG says:

    In NC we put slaw on our BBQ sandwiches, so nobody around here would think this was weird at all. I’ll have to try this out as soon as I can eat dairy again. Looks great!

  3. It looks lovely! Gotta try this out some day 😀

  4. lindsay says:

    This is my kind of dinner. I love the combination of BBQ sauce, chicken and coleslaw.

  5. Kari @ GI365 says:

    I like having the bbq flavor for the crockpot on those cold spring days when you don’t want to be grilling in the snow, (summer will come right?). This sounds delicious!

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Seriously! It has to come some day! We’re supposed to get some hot weather this week, hopefully you’ll get lucky where you are too!

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