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Food Factor: Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Y’all know I love a good slow cooker recipe. This one is fast and easy, and, depending on your barbecue sauce, can also be healthy. Most sauces and dressings can contain a surprising amount of sugar, salt, and fat. When you read the ingredient label, look for tomato or vinegar as the first ingredient—NOT sugar! Avoid corn syrup, and choose sweeteners that also add flavor, such as honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sliders Nonstick cooking spray

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 small onion, sliced

1 cup water

1/3 cup barbecue sauce

8 mini whole-wheat buns

Spray the slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken in the slow cooker and sprinkle with spices. Add the sliced onion and water. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until the chicken is done. Drain water from slow cooker and shred chicken with two forks or a hand-held mixer. Mix in the barbecue sauce, and heat for 15 minutes. Assemble sandwiches using extra barbecue sauce and other toppings as desired.

I love to top these sliders with a little bit of coleslaw with a vinegar dressing and serve with a side of oven-baked sweet potato fries!

Thanks to North Dakota State University Extension Service for inspiring me with this recipe!

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