Apple Butter BBQ Chicken Sandwich

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy apple cilantro slaw.

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy green apple cilantro slaw.

Growing up we always ate shredded chickens sandwiches. You took fresh shredded chicken (that you could buy in the store fresh thanks to a local place called Root’s Poultry) mixed with some cream of mushroom soup, let it warm and then pile it high on a soft squishy roll. This is the type of sandwich that you would have at almost any occasion – birthday party, baby shower, wedding, etc. Basically if there was an event where people gathered there was bound to be shredded chicken.

Now, living in New York I cannot just easily go to the store and pick up a few pound of pre-shredded chicken. Soooooooo I have to do it myself. Not that it’s hard or anything, but it’s still an extra step.

You feel my pain?

Yeah, probably not. I’m just whining. 

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy tart apple cilantro slaw.

Now as you can see this version of a shredded chicken sandwich is not swimming in cream of something soup. This version is swimming in a homemade sweet and spicy Musselman’s apple butter bbq sauce and topped with tangy green apple and cilantro slaw. It’s a giant burst of flavor and totally worth all the extra chicken roasting effort.

Trust me!

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a spicy homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy apple cilantro slaw.

{Looking for more sandwich recipes? Try my Cuban Sandwich, Greek Chicken Burgers with Greek Yogurt Sauce or my Smoked Blue Cheese Patty Melt.}


Apple Butter BBQ Chicken Sandwich

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy apple cilantro slaw.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes


For sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 cup Musselman's apple butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

For slaw:

  • 1 large granny smith apple, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

For chicken:

  • 2 large bone-in chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper

For serving:

  • 12 small slider sized buns


For sauce:
Add a medium sized skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When the oil is hot add the onions and sauté just until transparent and soft.

Add in remaining ingredients and lower heat to low. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes to let the flavors meld together.

Add salt and pepper if desired/needed.

Toss with shredded chicken or pork.

Note: If the sauce is not sweet enough you can always add a few tablespoons of dark brown sugar. This will depend on whether or not you like a sweet BBQ sauce.

For slaw:
Mix ingredients together and serve on top of sandwiches.

For chicken:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

Drizzle each breast with olive oil and season with kosher salt and pepper.

Roast for about 45 minutes until fully cooked.

Remove from the oven, let cool slightly and pull chicken from the breast.

For serving:
Mix shredded chicken with warm apple butter bbq sauce and stir to combine.

Place chicken on a small slider bun and top with slaw.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Musselman’s and I received financial compensation for the development of this recipe. As always all opinions and non-sensical ramblings are 100% my own.

48 Responses to “Apple Butter BBQ Chicken Sandwich”

  1. #
    Betsy @ Desserts Required — March 23, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I DO feel your pain and think you came up with a fabulous solution. Great idea to incorporate apple butter into the sauce.

  2. #
    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — March 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I will take the swimming pool of apple butter than cream of mushroom soup any day! And shredded chicken…no one’s got time for dat.

  3. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — March 23, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I totally feel you on the having to do it yourself dilemma…first world problems amIright?
    Good thing you have the saucey goodness to await you after your hard work! Pinned!

  4. #
    Rachel Cooks — March 23, 2015 at 8:23 am

    What an awesome use of apple butter. And your photos! As always, total perfection.

  5. #
    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — March 23, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I love any BBQ sandwich with slaw–but your creation is something I have yet to try and am anxious to do so! Looks great!

  6. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — March 23, 2015 at 8:25 am

    haha… yes I totally feel your pain! Pre-shredded chicken would be so nice! Either way, I’m pretty sure this sandwich is happening at our house soon. Love how you carried the apple throughout this dish! De-lish!

  7. #
    Carolyn — March 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Now THAT is some gorgeous shredded chicken. I’d just eat mine with a fork, no bun necessary. 🙂

  8. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 23, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Well, if that doesn’t make someone drool, I don’t know what will! And I love the apple slaw to provide some sweetness.

  9. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — March 23, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I absolutely LOVE the flavors in this sandwich!! Such a clever use of apples and apple butter – the sauce sounds DIVINE!!

  10. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — March 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I love that you put apple butter in the sauce!! Sweet and spicy is my favorite. ANd these sandwich photos are stunning!

  11. #
    Ashley Fehr — March 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I am not a fan of cream of mushroom soup at all, so I will take this ANY day. Plus, it looks amazing! Pinned!

  12. #
    Erin@WellPlated — March 23, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Sweet, savory and sassy! Apple butter for the sauce is so smart, and I happen to have a big ol’ jar in my fridge. Destiny!

  13. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hello gorgeous! I want this sandwich for breakfast, lunch and supper! That sauce sounds over the top amazing! And your photos are outstanding.

  14. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — March 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I think I’m in love!

  15. #
    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — March 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

    All the flavors and textures in here sound so amazing!

  16. #
    Susie Gall — March 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Oh yes!! I am definitely pinning this recipe for later use. It sounds like the ideal pulled BBQ Chicken sandwich. Perfection!

  17. #
    heather @french press — March 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I’ll take apple butter bbq over creamy soup any day of the week, and it totally makes up for having to roast and shred my own chicken 🙂 AMAZING!!

  18. #
    Cookin Canuck — March 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Using apple butter in bbq sauce is a flippin’ brilliant idea! And I would eat these over cream over mushroom soup-laden shredded chicken any day of the week.

  19. #
    fabiola@notjustbaked — March 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Apple butter is such a great idea in this! Pinning!

  20. #
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free — March 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I absolutely love the way you infused apple in the chicken and the slaw! This sounds amazing for summer actually.

  21. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — March 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Holy wow! The apple butter BBQ sauce sounds absolutely amazing for these sandwiches! Love it!

  22. #
    Annie @Maebells — March 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Wow! These are incredible! I love the addition of the apple butter!

  23. #
    Trish - Mom On Timeout — March 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Gimme! Gimme! These sandwiches look delicious!

  24. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — March 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Love this great use of apple butter!! That is one of my favorite things in the world. Looks amazing.

  25. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — March 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Super creative BBQ sauce with apple butter! And I love that slaw!

  26. #
    The+Food+Hunter — March 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I love the apple slaw on this.

  27. #
    Joanie @ ZagLeft — March 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Wow! What a genius idea to use apple butter! I know my family would love these!

  28. #
    Carla — March 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Isn’t it awesome how versatile apple butter is and that you can use it in both sweet and savory dishes? Shredded chicken sandwiches are probably my favorite. I’ll have to add some apple butter to mine next time!

  29. #
    tanya — March 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    You nailed this sandwich! That sweet and spicy apple butter sauce sounds like something I would love and the cool, fruity slaw is the perfect topping! Nicely done my dear.

  30. #
    heather | girlichef — March 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve never actually seen pre-shredded chicken…I feel like I’m missing out a little. I can see THESE chicken sammiches being the star of any and every event. This sauce sounds spot-on….so incredibly flavorful.

  31. #
    Nibbles By Nic — March 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    As a big fan of using apple butter in my recipes, I’m totally into this yummy recipe!!!! The slaw is such a bonus!!

  32. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — March 23, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Apple. Butter.BBQ. Sauce. Holy wow! I can’t even imagine all of the wonderful meats that sauce would spread awesomeness all over. I’ve never seen freshly shredded chicken for sale at a store, but suddenly I’m sad that I can buy it that way near here.

  33. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — March 24, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I am sort of jealous that you used to be able to find shredded chicken. I have never seen that here anywhere. And now I’ll be thinking of it all day to make one of these gorgeous sandwiches!!

  34. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — March 24, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Apple butter barbecue sauce?!? Oh. Wow. And a place where you can just buy shredded chicken that’s ready to go? Both sound amazing (I really, really, really hate having to shred chicken … but love the results.)

  35. #
    Karly — March 24, 2015 at 8:28 am

    We used to eat shredded chicken sandwiches all the time! Ours were just tossed with salt and pepper and then we’d put mayo on the bread. So good, but I’m a little intrigued with your cream soup chicken!

    And this apple butter barbecue chicken? I’m extra intrigued by that! Sounds amazing!

  36. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    This sandwich just blew my mind. Pinned.

  37. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — March 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    That slaw! I’m totally craving this for dinner. Delicious!

  38. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — March 24, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Apple Butter is amazing, isn’t it! I love the idea of using it in the sauce for these sandwiches!

  39. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — March 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever been able to purchase pre shredded chicken. But I do make it myself a lot and I would absolutely love it with this apple butter bbq sauce!

  40. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — March 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I am so loving what this is swimming in! 🙂 definitely my kind of sandwich!

  41. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Holy cow does that look amazing. Pinned. xo

  42. #
    Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar — March 25, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Mmmm, love!! BBQ and apple go SO well together. Drooling over these.

  43. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — March 26, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Genius! Apple butter and BBQ chicken… what a terrific combo of flavors! I hope that living in New York makes up for having to shred your own chicken haha! Sounds like an awesome trade to me 😉

  44. #
    Kim Beaulieu — March 26, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I do feel your pain girl. I live in boonieville Canada. It is the culinary black hole and nothing is convenient here.

    I will say this gorgeous sandwich would be worth shredding my own chicken all the live long day. It is shredtastic.

  45. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I love your creative recipes for apple butter!

  46. #
    Juki — April 6, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I made this yesterday, and it was fabulous! I loved the tart Apple and lime juice of the slaw to balance the sweetness of the sauce. We used torta rolls. Also, I used apple butter from a local company that used Apple juice for sweetener, rather than corn syrup. It still didn’t need the optional brown sugar. I’m so happy we ended up with leftovers!

  47. #
    cau thang go da nang — October 15, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I love this chicken sandwich, it’s my favorate of breakfast, Thank for sharing


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