Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
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
Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Place chicken breasts in a 4-quart slow cooker. Combine 1/4 cup barbecue sauce and the mustard; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve on toasted buns. If desired, add lettuce and onion.

Can you freeze Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Sandwiches?

Place shredded chicken in freezer containers. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water 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.