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BBQ chicken bowl with sweet potatoes and coleslaw in a bowl

BBQ Chicken Bowls with Sweet Potatoes, Coleslaw, and Pickles

A healthy and 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.

Course Dinner, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, summer, whole30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 503 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


BBQ Chicken

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1 1/4 pounds
  • 3/4 cup Whole30 BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian dressing See Note
  • salt to taste
  • or about 2 1/2 cups shredded BBQ chicken or pork

Sweet Potatoes

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

Quick Dill Pickles:

  • Sprig of fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 English cucumber sliced thin
  • Pinch yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • OR 1/4 cup sliced cold dill pickles See Note


  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon white apple cider, or white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 14- oz bag shredded coleslaw mix See Note


  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Dry BBQ seasoning

Wine Pairings (NOT for Whole30!) - See Notes


  1. 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.

  2. Make the pickles: While sweet potatoes roast, combine all pickle ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
    BBQ chicken bowl with sweet potatoes and coleslaw in a bowl

Recipe Notes

  • 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.
  • Wine Pairings

    NO wine on Whole30 — no exceptions. I recommend buying wine from Scout and Cellar, especially for lower carb or sugar and the health conscious. There's no added sugar to these wines, and they're all much lower in carbs, calories, and sugar. For me, there's no headache or fogginess the next day!

    This recipe has chicken, creamy barbecue, and sweet potato flavors, so you can get away with a variety of wine pairings. I recommend:

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Bowls with Sweet Potatoes, Coleslaw, and Pickles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 2500mg109%
Potassium 780mg22%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 9797IU196%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.