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April 20, 2010

BBQ Shredded Chicken with Coleslaw on Sweet Potato Rolls

No nutrition facts this time I just want to bask in this recipe that was a wonderful Sunday meal, or two or three, for us.

BBQ Shredded Chicken with Coleslaw on Sweet Potato Rolls

This actually is a meal that takes little preparation if you don't make your own rolls, 15 minutes would do it, but the combination of the bbq, coleslaw, and sweet potato sounded too good to pass up.

BBQ Crockpot Chicken 
(This is so simple you don't need a recipe but here's what I did.)

3 whole (6 halves) chicken breasts boneless and skinless
BBQ sauce (I used Xagave recipe here)
Teriyaki sauce (Xagave recipe to come)
Cook on high for 3-4 hours. Shred. Keep warm in juices.

Creamy Coleslaw 
(inspired by Bobby Flay's Creamy Coleslaw)

1 head cabbage (used thickest slicer on food processor blade)
2 large carrots (shredded)
3/4 c. mayonaise
1-2 tbsp. grated onion
2 tbsp. sugar or agave nectar
2 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt 
freshly ground pepper

Combine dressing then mix thoroughly with cabbage and carrot.
Set aside.


Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Rolls
(inspired by Floyd at

Combine to make a paste:
1 sweet potato, baked 
1 c. milk (I used 1/2 c. water and 1/2 c. yogurt)
1/2 c. white or brown sugar 
(I used Rapadurah -evaporated cane juice)

3-4 c. whole wheat flour (or use 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat)
2 tsp. instant yeast (next time I'd use 3 tsp. with whole wheat)
1-1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Mix in 2 cups of the flour with other dry ingredients. Add to sweet potato mixture until thoroughly combined. Add 1/4 c. flour at a time until dough is tacky but workable. Knead by hand or machine 5-10 minutes.

Set dough to rise in covered bowl for 1 to 1-1/2 hours with 3 stretch and folds until doubled in size. (Click here for info on stretch and folds)

Divide in a dozen or so pieces, shape in rolls, and allow to rise until doubled, another hour or so. (Mine didn't quite double)

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes (25 for me) until they begin to brown.

Slice open rolls.
Coat with BBQ sauce.
Pile with Shredded BBQ Chicken.
Pile with Creamy Coleslaw.
Top with bun. 

Devour...or politely stuff in mouth so you get the taste of bun, bbq and coleslaw all in one. :)

The amazing thing is that I didn't think this was going to turn out at all. The chicken breasts were dry in the beginning but as it sat in the juices it turned more like shredded pork. (My family thought it was pork!) 

The buns took way longer than the directions said because I used whole wheat flour. I wrote the times in the above directions. 

But patience paid off...

The next two meals with the leftovers were just as delicious. When we ran out of rolls we used toasted whole wheat bread (double fiber 6g per slice) and it was good also.

If you happen to be pressed for time, use whole wheat bread and bottled bbq sauce. Do what you can! Everyone will still enjoy it!

What is your favorite delicious healthy meal?

For more great recipes:
Crockpot Wednesday
Foodie Friday
Friday Food


Pamela Scott said...

wow those look yummy

Melanie said...

Oh My. That looks delicious!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Isn't it great when the leftovers are amazing!

Julie said...

This looks delicious! I bet those sweet potato rolls are yummy!

Peg said...

Those rolls sound the best! But then, just about anything is good with barbecue, isn't it?

The Style Sisters said...

Yummy recipe!! The paste sounds so good...with the sweet potato! I have never cooked with agave i will have to try it.

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Sarah @ Sugar Bananas said...

This looks great! I'll have to try agave next time I make this.

My favorite healthy meal? I love a stir fry with loads of veggies!

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Melinda said...

I can't wait to try those sweet potato rolls! They look great!

Inspired2cook said...

Yumm...I'd love to try out this recipe! Sounds delicious!!!

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