Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe (Instant Pot + Frozen Chicken!)

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These delicious Carolina gold BBQ chicken sandwiches are a fabulous upgrade on traditional barbecue chicken sandwiches.

If you love a truly flavorful chicken sandwich, this is the one to try. It’s a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy, and the coleslaw added to the sandwich seals the deal.

One of these Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches piled high with shredded chicken and coleslaw.

In fact, I’ve mixed the the chicken and coleslaw for a delicious chicken salad as the main course. No bread needed!

What Are Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches?

These sandwiches can be made in either and Instant Pot or a slow cooker. The chicken is made with Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce with extra garlic added.

They are topped with prepared coleslaw and enjoyed on a whole grain bun of your choice.

While regular barbecue chicken sandwiches are usually made with tomato based barbecue sauce, these are made with a spicy mustard based sauce. And the flavor, at least in my opinion, is leaps and bounds beyond any regular barbecue sauce.

Two Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with the top bun sitting off to the sides of the sandwiches.

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

If you are wanting to make these in a slow cooker, put everything into a slow cooker instead of an instant pot. Your chicken should be thawed instead of frozen. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

What You’ll Need

1½ lb. frozen chicken breasts – Make sure you remove and absorption pads from the bottom of the chicken. Even if you have to thaw it a bit to get it off.

1 cup Carolina mustard barbecue sauce  – You’ll want to make your own. It’s delicious and you can make it in about 5 minutes. It’s super easy!

1 tbsp. garlic powder – I usually use garlic granules, but garlic powder works too. Whichever you usually use is fine.

Prepared coleslaw – I simply purchased some coleslaw mix and made my own coleslaw at home.

Burger buns – Any whole grain burger bun will work. Check ingredient lists to find one without added sugar. The Alvarado Street bakery brand is excellent. (Not paid to promote them)

How To Make Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Frozen chicken breasts sitting in an Instant Pot.

Place the frozen chicken in an instant pot.

Carolina mustard barbecue sauce poured over frozen chicken in an instant pot.

Pour the Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce over the chicken.

Garlic powder sprinkled over the top of the frozen chicken and sauce in the Instant Pot.

Sprinkle the garlic powder over the sauce and chicken.

The Instant Pot lid, secured and ready to cook.

Secure the lid and close the vent.

The time on the instant pot set to high pressure for 20 minutes.

Press the manual button. Adjust pressure to high pressure and adjust time to 20 minutes.

The cooked chicken, shredded in the Instant Pot. Ready to make these Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Once cooked, shred the chicken using forks or an electric mixer.

The finished Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches on a cutting board.

Once shredded, put some of the chicken on a burger bun, top with prepared coleslaw and serve.

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Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

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Two Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with the top bun sitting off to the sides of the sandwiches.

Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Delicious chicken sandwiches from your Instant Pot.
4 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Pressure Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 sandwiches
Calories: 216kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • lb. frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 cup carolina mustard barbecue sauce (see link above)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

Additional Sandwich Ingredients

  • prepared coleslaw
  • burger buns

Instructions

  • Place the frozen chicken in an instant pot.
    Frozen chicken breasts sitting in an Instant Pot.
  • Pour the Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce over the chicken.
    Carolina mustard barbecue sauce poured over frozen chicken in an instant pot.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder over the sauce and chicken.
    Garlic powder sprinkled over the top of the frozen chicken and sauce in the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and close the vent.
    The Instant Pot lid, secured and ready to cook.
  • Press the manual button. Adjust pressure to high pressure and adjust time to 20 minutes.
    The time on the instant pot set to high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked, shred the chicken using forks or an electric mixer.
    The cooked chicken, shredded in the Instant Pot.
  • Once shredded, put some of the chicken on a burger bun, top with prepared coleslaw and serve.
    The finished Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches on a cutting board.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data is for chicken only and does not include the bread or the coleslaw.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving of chicken | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. Griff Neilson says:

    4 stars
    It’s been a really long time since I have had a good ol’ sandwich, so I thought I would give this one a try. I was not disappointed and the only thing I substituted is putting it into a coconut wrap instead of the bun. Surprisingly it help rather well and I very much enjoyed it. Thank you for your dedication to using whole foods. I am recommending your site to my clients as well so I am excited to get their feedback as well. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    1. Griff – Thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! And thanks for the recommendations as well. It’s always appreciated! 🙂

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