Spicy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

If you have 10 minutes, you can make these sandwiches. This is my perfect back-to-school, busy/hectic schedule, oh-shoot-what’s-for-dinner meal. All you need is a few ingredients and a skillet and you’re pretty much set.

Originally, I had wanted to create a spicy Asian sandwich, made pretty much the same way but with a spicy BBQ teriyaki sauce (sauce recipe still to come!). But, unfortunately, as hectic schedules go, I had too little time and only a handful of ingredients on hand. (And – a good tip to always remember – never buy hoisin sauce unless it is LOW sodium, ours is way too salty).

This is a great Labor Day meal too and I may be making this again for the weekend. If you have some more time, here are some killer sides (pictured) that rock this meal.

So, if you have a spare few minutes, you will love this one! And the best part is, you can totally jazz this up even more if you have the time: make your own sauce (try this one!) or you can use a slow-cooker instead of the rotisserie chicken and throw in chicken breasts with the onion and BBQ sauce (add your favorites spices or veggies too!).


Spicy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon hickory smoke powder (or smoke)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 oz. barbecue sauce (we used a local favorite, Oklahoma Joe’s)


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Dice onion and saute until transluscent. Add shredded chicken and saute for another 3-4 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together BBQ sauce, paprika, and hickory smoke powder. Then add BBQ sauce to chicken and incorporate until evenly mixed. Cook for another minute or so.
  • Serve pulled BBQ chicken on whole wheat buns with your favorite sides!
  • 5 Responses to “Spicy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches”

    1. This sounds INCREDIBLE–I know this is going to be a family-favorite! :)

    2. Bev Weidner says:

      Yep, I have just fallen out of my chair and may never be the same again.


    3. Karen says:

      I never buy rotisserie chicken because I never know what to do with the whole thing. Now I do. Thanks for sharing,

    4. raquel says:

      I tried this and it was yummy and SO simple.

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