Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Slaw
By :The Ultimate Instant Pot CB for Two by Janet Zimmerman
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I know this looks like a long recipe, but if the two of you work together, it goes quickly. The sauce is so much better than bottled barbecue sauce and worth the time to make it. Even if you skip the slaw, the sandwiches are still great.
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Votes: 6
Rating: 4.67
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings
2 servings
Ingredients
For the slaw
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 1 small carrot peeled and shredded or grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp whole mustard seed
  • 1/8 tsp whole celery seed
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
For the chicken
  • 12 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 small onion cut into chunks
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp ground ancho chile powder
  • 1 tbsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbsp cider or wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 in chipotle chileadobo sauce
  • 2 hamburger buns split
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings
2 servings
Ingredients
For the slaw
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 1 small carrot peeled and shredded or grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp whole mustard seed
  • 1/8 tsp whole celery seed
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
For the chicken
  • 12 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 small onion cut into chunks
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp ground ancho chile powder
  • 1 tbsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbsp cider or wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 in chipotle chileadobo sauce
  • 2 hamburger buns split
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Votes: 6
Rating: 4.67
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Instructions
  1. To start the slaw, place the cabbage and carrot in a salad spinner or colander and sprinkle with the salt. Toss gently and set aside to drain for 15 minutes while you start the chicken.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the salt and set aside.
  3. Add the tomato sauce to the inner pot. Add the onion, garlic, chile powder, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and chipotle. Stir to combine. Place the chicken in the pot.
  4. Lock the lid into place. Select Pressure Cook or Manual, and adjust the pressure to High and the time to 8 minutes.
  5. While the chicken cooks, return to the slaw. In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mayonnaise, horseradish, brown sugar, mustard seed, whole celery seed, and pepper. When the cabbage and carrots have drained for 15 minutes, rinse it and spin or pat dry. Add them to the dressing and toss to coat.
  6. After cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  7. Unlock the lid. Use tongs to remove the chicken thighs from the pot to a cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes, then chop or shred with two forks, discarding any fat or gristle.
  8. Using an immersion blender, purée the sauce in the pot. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Return the chicken to the pot and stir to combine.
  9. To serve, spoon the chicken onto the bottom halves of the buns. Finish with a scoop of slaw and the top bun (or serve the slaw on the side).
Recipe Notes

Easier Together: This is a perfect “divide and conquer” recipe—one person can make the slaw while the other one concentrates on the chicken.
Time Saver: Salting the cabbage and carrots makes for a nicer texture and keeps the slaw from weeping, but if you’re pressed for time, you can skip it. Just add the salt to the dressing.
Use It Up: Use leftover cabbage in the Kielbasa and Vegetable Stew (page 131).

Per Serving
Calories: 475;
Fat: 14 g;
Carbohydrates: 49 g;
Fiber: 5 g;
Protein: 40 g;
Sodium: 1323 mg

8 replies
  1. Barbara Hanan
    Barbara Hanan says:

    Sounds like a real winner! Ingrediants says to use chicken breast but recipe refers to chicken thighs. I figure I’ll try using thighs for my first go. Thanks!

  2. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Jennamadeline,

    If you are referring to the slaw, the Notes section of the recipe mentions adding salt to prevent any liquid separating from the cabbage and carrot. If you are referring to the chicken, it’s best to shred it than chop into smaller pieces. This will prevent less liquid as the chicken will easily mix and absorb the sauce.

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