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Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches

My kids often ask for chicken sloppy joes, and this version has a bonus of sweet pineapple. It is a perfect recipe to double for a potluck. Try topping the sandwiches with smoked Gouda cheese. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Optional: Bibb lettuce leaves and thinly sliced red onion


  • Place chicken breasts in a 4-quart slow cooker. Combine 1/4 cup barbecue sauce and mustard; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken; discard liquid. Shred chicken with 2 forks; return to slow cooker. Add crushed pineapple and remaining barbecue sauce; cover and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Serve on toasted buns with lettuce and onion if desired. Freeze option: Place shredded chicken in freezer containers. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring gently; add broth if necessary.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Top with slaw for a restaurant-style sandwich.
  • The chicken mixture is more sweet than spicy. If your family likes more heat, add a jalapeno pepper.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 sandwich: 415 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 973mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.

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