Chicken barbecue sandwich with coleslaw recipe

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Breaking down a whole chicken can seem intimidating, but that's where a Crock-Pot can come in handy. This technique makes it easy to prepare, and the recipes for barbecue sauce and coleslaw are winners as well!

Slow-cooked barbecue chicken

Makes 6 servings


  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (3 to 3-1/2 pounds) cut-up whole chicken
  • 2/3 cup cola soft drink
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  1. Stir together salt and spices in a small bowl and sprinkle over chicken.
  2. Place chicken in a single layer in a lightly greased 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Whisk together cola soft drink, ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar in a small bowl.
  4. Slowly pour mixture between chicken pieces and place lemon slices in a single layer on top of chicken.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours (or on low 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 hours) or until done.
  6. Transfer chicken pieces (removing bones, if needed) to a serving platter, and discard lemon slices.
  7. Skim fat from pan juices in slow cooker.
  8. Pour pan juices over chicken, and serve immediately.

Onion and herb coleslaw

Serves 6-8


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon onion-and-herb seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) package shredded coleslaw mix


  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, seasoning blend, salt and pepper until well blended.
  2. Pour mixture over coleslaw mix and toss well.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.

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