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These BBQ chicken bowls are loaded with so much goodness: shredded BBQ chicken, seasoned cubed sweet potatoes roasted until crisp, a simple coleslaw, and quick homemade dill pickles. They’re paleo and filling and surprisingly quick and easy. Whole30 and paleo, too.

Two BBQ chicken bowls

Why This Recipe Is So Good

  • These paleo and Whole30 BBQ bowls are incredibly flavorful with seasoned sweet potatoes, cool and crunchy coleslaw, and tangy dill pickles. So filling and an amazing flavor combo!
  • The homemade dill pickles are surprisingly simple, fast, and absolutely elevate this bowl to the next level!
  • These BBQ chicken bowls with sweet potatoes and coleslaw are super easy to make thanks to an Instant Pot or slow cooker, but can easily be made without either one.

How To Make It Without An Instant Pot

  • To make your chicken in a Crockpot, combine all your BBQ chicken ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook covered on High for 3 hours or Low for 5 hours.
  • To make BBQ chicken without a slow cooker or Instant Pot, shred the chicken breasts with two forks, then place in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover with 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce and stir until chicken is heated through and the sauce is absorbed. Add more sauce if desired.

Chef’s Tips

  • Make sure to use Whole30-compliant barbecue sauce if you want true Whole30 BBQ bowls. My recipe is a great option if you want to make your own!
  • When making the BBQ chicken, if you do not have Italian dressing, substitute 1 1/2 tablespoon oil, 1/2 tablespoon white or white wine vinegar, and a small pinch of Italian seasoning.
  • You can substitute pickles bought from the store for the homemade ones (but I really, really recommend the homemade version). If you’re using store-bought pickles, use high-quality cold pickles, not the bright yellow sort from the aisles.
  • You can store any leftover coleslaw mix to use in other dishes besides these Whole30 BBQ bowls. Drain excess liquid and save for another use in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Close up of BBQ chicken bowl with sweet potatoes and coleslaw

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.96 from 71 votes

BBQ Chicken Bowls with Sweet Potatoes, Coleslaw, and Pickles


Prep 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
A filling bowl of BBQ chicken, sweet potatoes, coleslaw, and homemade dill pickles. Surprisingly simple and quick to make but packed full of flavor. Whole30 and paleo.
4 bowls

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

For the BBQ Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1 ¼ pounds
  • ¾ cup Whole30 BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing see Notes
  • salt to taste
  • or about 2 1/2 cups shredded BBQ chicken or pork

For the Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or refined coconut oil

For the Quick Dill Pickles

  • Sprig of fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ English cucumber sliced thin
  • Pinch yellow mustard seeds
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup white or white wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • OR use ¼ cup sliced cold dill pickles See Notes

For the Coleslaw

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 14-ounce bag shredded coleslaw mix see Notes

To Garnish

  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Dry BBQ seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Make sweet potatoes: On a baking sheet, toss all ingredients and roast for 20 m. After 20 minutes, stir well, then return to oven. Bake another 10-15 minutes or until browning on edges but not too crunchy or crisp.
  • Make the pickles: While sweet potatoes roast, combine all pickle ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Make BBQ chicken: Next, combine all ingredients in an Instant Pot. Seal and cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes. Quick release when time is up then shred chicken breasts with two forks or use a hand mixer on low speed. Turn on Sauté mode and heat for 5 minutes until chicken is coated in sauce. If you do not have an Instant Pot, see Note for regular shredded chicken or slow cooker directions.
  • Make coleslaw: Mix all ingredients besides coleslaw mix in a small bowl. Place coleslaw mix in a medium bowl and pour dressing over. Combine well, using hands if desired.
  • Assemble bowls: Divide sweet potatoes, BBQ chicken, and coleslaw evenly among 4 bowls. Top with a couple pickle slices. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.
  • Cooking chicken in a Crockpot: Combine all your BBQ chicken ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook covered on High for 3 hours or Low for 5 hours.
  • To make without a slow cooker or Instant Pot: Shred 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts with two forks, then place in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover with 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce and stir until chicken is heated through and sauce is absorbed. Add more sauce if desired.
  • Whole30: Make sure you are using Whole30-compliant BBQ sauce.
  • If you don’t have Italian dressing for BBQ chicken: Substitute 1 1/2 tablespoon oil, 1/2 tablespoon white or white wine vinegar, and a small pinch of Italian seasoning.
  • Using store-bought pickles instead of homemade: Use high-quality cold pickles, not the bright yellow sort from the aisles.
  • To save extra coleslaw: Drain excess liquid and save for another use in an airtight container in the fridge up to 4 days.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1bowlCalories: 503calProtein: 15gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 2500mgPotassium: 780mgTotal Carbs: 46gFiber: 6gSugar: 26gNet Carbs: 40gVitamin A: 9797IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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109 Comments

  1. Great meal prep recipe. The flavor was great for all parts of the meal. The pickles made a yummy fresh aspect. Loved it!5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you loved it, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Loved this and so did my family!5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing, Shelly!

  3. Absolutely delicious! Flavor combination was amazing. The whole family (including 8 and 10 year olds) gave this recipe a 10/10! As said in the recipe, make sure to get the refrigerated pickles if not making your own.5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Love love love it when the whole family’s happy! Thank you so much for your review, Jacque!

  4. This was absolutely amazing! For the chicken, I just seasoned with salt and pepper, & put it in the air fryer. I didn’t use any measurements and I used pickles I already had! I cannot wait to make this again!!!5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you loved it, Katie!! Thanks for sharing! 😊

  5. Avatar Kelly Laurendeau says:

    This was AMAZING! My husband is very critical when it comes to recipes since he used to be in the fine dining restaurant business and he said this was one of the best meals he’s had in a very long time. I cooked the chicken in the crockpot and I was worried it would be dry but it was the most moist chicken I’ve ever had. I did not make the bbq sauce from scratch. I got premade sauce from my grocery store that was sugar free. It may not be whole-30 compliant but I don’t follow that particular diet so that was not an issue for me.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Wow, so glad to hear that y’all loved it! Thanks for sharing, Kelly. 😊

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you like it, Marissa! 😊

  6. I used your recipe mostly as a guide. I made my own coleslaw that I like. I made the chicken in the instant pot but I used thighs and just regular barbecue sauce. And they turned out great. And I roasted potatoes in my little air fryer oven. I only seasoned the potatoes with salt and pepper and they were amazing.5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Glad you were able to make it work for you, Jen!

  7. Absolutely my new favorite meal! So easy and a recipe we will keep on deck. Loved the flavors, the slaw is from heaven! Can’t wait to make it again.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you loved this recipe! Thanks for sharing, Kristen! 😊

  8. Great recipe. I wouldn’t recommend making this recipe for one and if you do cut the time in the crockpot by like 30 or so minutes.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! 😊

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