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Chicken-Q Sandwich (Healthier Alternative to BBQ)

Eating a BBQ sandwich every once in a while won’t blow your diet. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have a healthier alternative! All you need is a slow-cooker, sauce, and boneless, skinless chicken breasts to turn this American favorite into a healthy meal.

Making Chicken-Q can be as easy as mixing store bought BBQ sauce with chicken in a slow-cooker. Or if you want to eliminate preservatives and increase the nutritional value, you can make your own mouth-watering sauce. This recipe is so easy and you most likely have all of these items in your pantry and refrigerator right now.

Whether you’re feeding your family or a large group, this Chicken-Q Sandwich recipe is a crowd-pleaser (well, at least in my family!)


Christine @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns


Place tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, onion, vinegar, hone, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, chili powder, salt and paprika into slow-cooker and stir until well blended. Add chicken breasts. Cook on low for about 5 hours, or until chicken can be shredded easily. Shred chicken in slow-cooker. Divide into 8 servings and place on whole wheat hamburger bun to serve.

Freezing Directions:

Once cool, place each sandwich in a pint-sized freezer bag, lay flat and freeze.

Nutritional Information:

Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 sandwich • Calories: 315
Fat: 10 • Protein: 26 • Carbs: 32 • Fiber: 5 • WW Points Plus: 9

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  2. I just made this the other night, it was almost the same. Mine had ketchup though. I served it with a light coleslaw on top of it. Yum!

  3. kelley says:

    Sounds great! When you’re ready to defrost it, how do you reheat it?

  4. Amanda says:

    I too would like to know how we are supposed to reheat these recipes after they are defrosted. :)

  5. Tzippora Steele says:

    If I am making to store for later, I freeze the buns and meat separately in individual quart freezer bags then set then in my fridge for a few hrs to defrost (or transfer to a microwave safe dish and nuke for a few minutes at 50% power if I am in a hurry). They store really well that way and the bread doesn’t get mushy.

  6. Chelsey says:

    Is the calorie count including one hamburger bun or does it just include the chicken mixture?

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