Last weekend, when I crossed my hometown border of Tennessee, this plant-loving girl started craving BBQ chicken sliders topped with slaw. Growing up, there was a drive-thru BBQ restaurant next to my gymnastics center. After weekend four-hour long practices, nothing tasted better than that BBQ chicken slider with coleslaw washed down by lemonade.
Are you a slaw or no slaw BBQ sandwich kind of person? I happen to love the fresh, acidic crunch my sandwich, so I did my best to create a short-cut version, with of course, a health kick.

Trader Joe’s Short-Cut Ingredients

For this recipe, I used two of Trader Joe’s products: their Broccoli & Kale Slaw and their Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. The Broccoli & Kale Slaw is a complete salad kit, which includes dried fruit, slice almonds, sunflower seed and a sweet and creamy dressing.

Please excuse the thumb wound, my 3 year-old took a bite out of it…

Any BBQ sauce in this recipe would do, but I chose the Carolina Gold BBQ sauce because I prefer a rich mustard flavor in my sauce.

A Healthier Twist on a Southern Dish

To lower added sugars in the included slaw dressing, I used half the dressing and added 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar, a generous drizzle of olive oil and 2 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt. To reduce the added sugars on the BBQ sauce, I diluted the BBQ sauce with a 1:1 ratio of low-sodium vegetable/chicken broth.

You will likely have extra slaw, which I happily enjoyed for lunch topped with tofu and blueberries. Cook once, eat twice. Yes, please!

Check out last week’s McDaniel Short-Cut: Falafel Mix Makeover! And, let us know if you give this a try and what kind of short-cut you want next week!

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders with Slaw

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  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: instant pot


Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders with Slaw are a delightful and easy-to-make dish perfect for any occasion. Juicy, tender chicken is cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot with tangy BBQ sauce, then shredded and piled onto soft slider buns. Topped with a crisp, refreshing slaw, these sliders offer a perfect balance of flavors and textures.



BBQ Chicken

  • 11.5 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 c. low sodium chicken/vegetable broth
  • 1 c. Trader Joe’s Carolina BBQ Sauce

Broccoli & Kale Slaw

  • 1, 11 oz. package Trader Joe’s Broccoli and Kale Slaw
  • 1/2 package included dressing
  • 1 package dried cherries, blueberries, slivered almonds & sunflower seeds
  • 2 T. rice wine vinegar
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 T. plain Greek yogurt

Whole-wheat slider buns or pretzel buns


Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

  1. Place the ingredients in the instant pot in this order: chicken/vegetable stock, chicken, and BBQ sauce.
  2. Place the lid on the instant pot making sure the valve is in the sealing position. Press manual (high pressure) and set to 15 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. Shred and set instant pot on saúte while you shred chicken to soak up sauce.

Broccoli & Kale Slaw

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the slaw with ingredients and massage kale with your hands until throughly mixed and slightly wilted.
  2. Toast or warm slider buns and top with chicken and slaw.