Score Super Bowl Points with this BBQ Chicken Sliders and Peach Salsa Recipe

I like easy recipes. I want an ingredient list so short that I can remember what goes in it when I forget to take a list to the grocery store. If I can throw things into a crockpot, forget about it for a good portion of the day, and the results are still good, then I might just do a happy dance.  I now have an Instant Pot so I can cook things more quickly or use the Instant Pot as a slow cooker as well.

For this post, I'm sharing a recipe that I first made from my Papa Spud's produce delivery a few years ago when fresh peaches were in abundance. Of course,  as the Super Bowl rolls around, peaches are out of season for most of us.

fresh  north carolina peaches, perfect for a BBQ pulled chicken slider salsa

Here in North Carolina, that farm-fresh peach window is about six weeks in late summer. Luckily for us, we have canned peaches to help us year-round and be used to make this peach salsa to pair with BBQ Chicken Sliders  I would also rinse the canned peaches, so they are no so sugary if stored in light syrup.

This easy and quick recipe for pulled chicken and peach salsa recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight or if you are hosting a party for a crowd like the SuperBowl or a college tailgate.  My kids eat BBQ chicken, and they like hamburger buns so even if they don't eat the peach salsa, they have something to eat.

Peach Salsa with chips makes a great dish for a tailgate or  SuperBowl Party

The peach salsa also works well to serve with chips if you want to skip the BBQ pulled chicken sliders altogether and just serve chips. I like blue chips with it.  Or you can skip the peach salsa and just do BBQ pulled chicken sliders for dinner, a tailgate, or party for a crowd.  Leftover BBQ pulled chicken is great for another night in the week if you are serving a small group.  The sliders also taste great without the salsa, but when combined it's a culinary touchdown.

Pulled BBQ Chicke slides topped with Peach Salsa: The Perfect Tailgate Meal

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts (or combo)
1/2 onion, minced
1 cup plus 1/4 Brown Sugar-Based BBQ sauce ( I used a sauce from Trader Joes)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

**If you do not have a brown sugar-based sauce, then add 2 Tbsp brown sugar to the crockpot.

Add onion, BBQ, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and brown sugar (if needed) to crockpot. Make sure salt and sugar are dissolved. Add chicken, and mix to coat thoroughly. Cook on high 3 to 4 hours until you can tear chicken apart with a fork. When the chicken is tender enough to take apart with a fork, transfer chicken to a bowl, add some cooking juices. Continue to pull chicken apart, and mix 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce. Stir until chicken is coated. Add salt or additional seasoning to taste. If you like heat, add a hint of red pepper. Serve on buns or small rolls. Add the following Peach salsa for a Superbowl touchdown.

If you are cooking in this easy pulled bbq chicken in the Instant Pot, you can search many recipes, but most say to pressure cook for 15 minutes, then do a natural-release for ten minutes, and then open the valve. I've not done this in an Instant Pot yet, but I am going to put it on my menu soon.

Peach Salsa

2 peaches, chopped ( I used fresh when in season, but canned peaches work, too)
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp, lime juice
1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp salt.

Combine chopped peaches, Roma tomato, lime juice, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a bowl. Mix well. Add additional salt or lime juice as needed or to your taste.

Serve pulled chicken on hamburger buns with peach salsa.

Easy Recipe for a  Weeknight. Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Peach Salsa. Can be cooked in Slow Cooker or an Instant Pot

Other sides or main dishes that are easy for Tailgating that have been featured by me
     Easy No-Mayo Pasta Salad
     Southern Baked Beans with a Twist
     Potatoes for a Crowd
     Deviled  Eggs from Bill Smith 
     Southern cornbread
     Cackalacky Game Day Dip
     Marinated Asparagus
     Shoe-Peg Corn Salad
     Hines Mac and Cheese 
     Caribbean Bean Salad 
     Creamy Pasta Salad 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and is also sponsored by Performance Automatic in Clinton, NC, where the 2019 Jeep Cherokee awaits a test drive.  My thanks to my blog sponsors for keeping me at my desk writing and sharing.

Updated: January 2019


  1. Oh I love any kind of pulled meat. I've never had peach salsa, but it sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

  2. I'm loving that salsa recipe, anything peach is on my rader when they are in season! I think it would be great on fish too.

    1. Oh, it would be great on fish. Great idea. The recipe for the salsa is really good.


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