Pulled Turkey Sliders

Try turkey for your next summer cookout – pulled turkey sliders are a perfect make-ahead slow cooker meal that everyone loves. This recipe was developed in partnership with the National Turkey Federation.

Summer barbecue season is in full swing, and no doubt your grill has seen its fair share of burgers, dogs, and chicken breasts already.  If you’re thinking about more of the same for your cookout – hold on there!  Let's talk turkey instead!

Sure, it's great for sandwiches or Thanksgiving, but turkey's assorted cuts (think breast, thighs, wings, and even sausages) also work for summer holidays (or week nights) too.

While I do love grilled food during the summer, sometimes it’s just a little more work and worry (does that chicken look pink to you?) for a summer cookout. I'd rather spend time in the pool, or on the patio, or with my guests, instead of at the grill.  Can you relate?

If you're the same way, you're gonna love this Crockpot Turkey Sliders recipe.  The barbecue sauce is my "cheaters" version - my favorite bottled brand doctored up with some chopped onion, fresh, seasonal, sweet peaches and a spoonful of chipotle peppers.  Shhh.  Don't tell!

Here's a summer secret - turkey LOVES barbecue sauce.  It literally drinks it in, and the meat becomes so full of flavor - it's like they were just made for each other!

Pulled Turkey Sliders with Chipotle Peach BBQ Sauce and Sweet Creamy Slaw|Craving Something Healthy

I really love to serve these sweet and spicy turkey sliders with a cool, crunchy and creamy slaw. I make this one with Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

Because tang.  And total taste bud happiness.


Pulled Turkey Sliders with Chipotle Peach BBQ Sauce and Sweet Creamy Slaw|Craving Something Healthy

Pulled Turkey Sliders with Peach-Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Sweet-Creamy Slaw

An easy slow cooker snack or meal for a crowd
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Lower Carb, Heart Healthy
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 20
Calories: 149kcal


  • 3 pounds turkey breast boneless, skinless
  • 2 cups of bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 medium onion quartered and cut into thin slices
  • 3 medium canned peaches 6 halves, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce minced


  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage green, purple or mixed
  • 3 scallions diced
  • ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • Place the turkey breasts into a crock pot or slow cooker.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, onions, peaches and chipotle peppers until well combined.
  • Pour the sauce over the turkey pieces and turn to coat well.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  • Remove the turkey from the sauce, and with an immersion blender, blend the sauce until it is fairly smooth.
  • Let the turkey cool a bit and remove the meat from the bones. Shred the meat with 2 forks, and place it back into the sauce.
  • Cover the crockpot and let the turkey simmer while you prepare the slaw.

For the slaw:

  • Combine the carrots, cabbage and scallions in a large bowl.
  • Combine the Greek yogurt, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a measuring cup, and stir well to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables, and toss to combine.
  • Let the slaw sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to combine.
  • Serve the pulled turkey on slider buns, topped with a scoop of slaw.


Serve on mini slider buns.
Turkey and slaw can both be made a day in advance. Keep refrigerated and reheat when ready to serve.
Nutrition information does not include the buns.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1063IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Crockpot to the rescue - what an awesome idea for low-stress entertaining and such a treat for guests! This looks absolutely delicious, and perfect for summer.

  2. I'm loving this idea of incorporating peaches to the turkey. My mouth is watering from looking at these Anne!

    1. Thanks so much Amy! I love mixing the sweet peaches with the spicy chipotle BBQ. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. These look awesome- definitely perfect for summer! So fresh and flavorful! That video is really neat too 🙂

  4. I swear I am making this!!! I have seen lots of great recipes today, but this one tops them all, I am so craving it right now!!! I have no crockpot though, but that won't stop me! Any suggestions regarding cooking time and temperature when cooking this without a crockpot?

    1. You are too funny Adina! I hope you do make it and you love it! I don't see why you couldn't do it in a dutch oven. I'd probably stick to a low oven, maybe 250 degrees (F). Not sure about the length of time though - 3-4 hours? Let me know what you discover! Or just buy a crockpot - it will open up a whole new world of blog post ideas!!

  5. Yum! These sound perfect for summer! 😀 I wants! (And I love that you can make these in a crockpot--best thing ever!)

    1. Totally agree about the crockpot thing Farrah! I use it all of the time in the summer because it's 110 degrees most days here! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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