Alabama Chicken Sandwich

Tangy, rich, and highly addictive, this pulled Alabama Chicken Sandwich with white bbq sauce is sure to be a crowd favorite.

Alabama, renowned for its culinary prowess, brings a unique and flavorful twist to the world of barbecue with its Pulled Chicken Sandwiches topped with White BBQ Sauce. This mouthwatering sandwich combines tender shredded chicken, a creamy, tangy sauce, and the crispness of pickles to create a taste sensation like no other. 

Let’s look at the art of making Alabama’s signature shredded chicken sandwiches, delve into the secrets of White BBQ Sauce, and answer some common questions about this delectable Southern sandwich.

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Alabama’s Pulled Chicken Sandwich: A Southern Classic

An Alabama pulled chicken sandwich has a special place in Southern cuisine, and Alabama takes this classic to a whole new level. Whether you call it a pulled chicken sandwich or a creamed chicken sandwich, the result is the same: a delectable, messy, and utterly satisfying meal.

Ingredients for Shredded Chicken Sandwiches:

  • Shredded chicken (cooked and seasoned)
  • Hamburger buns (choose your favorite)
  • Pickles (for that extra crunch)
  • Making the Shredded Chicken

To make the best-shredded chicken sandwiches, start by cooking boneless chicken breasts until they’re tender and easily shreddable. 

Most people in Alabama are using smoked chicken, which we highly recommend. Since we don’t have a smoker, we roasted ours in the oven and it came out delicious.

Once cooked, shred the chicken using two forks until you have finely pulled chicken.

The Secret White BBQ Sauce

Now, let’s get to the star of the show – Alabama White BBQ Sauce. This is a hate it or love it kind of condiment due to the fact that it’s mayo-based. If you like mayo, you will absolutely love this White BBQ Sauce.

This creamy concoction is unlike any other BBQ sauce you’ve tasted. It’s mayo-based, tangy, and slightly sweet, making it the perfect complement to the smoky pulled chicken.

Ingredients for Alabama White Sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Brown mustard
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Horseradish
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions for White BBQ Sauce:

  1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, brown mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Adjust the seasonings to your taste.
  4. Assembling the Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Now comes the fun part! Take your favorite hamburger buns and load them up with the tender pulled chicken. Drizzle generously with the Alabama White BBQ Sauce, add some pickles for that contrasting crunch, and top it off with the other bun half.

We may or may not have dunked our sandwich in the remaining sauce when taking bites!

What Is White Bbq?

White BBQ, short for White Barbecue Sauce, is a mayo-based sauce with a tangy and slightly sweet flavor profile. This is a staple in Alabama barbecue cuisine and a common condiment and marinade.

What Do You Put White Bbq Sauce On?

White BBQ Sauce is typically used as a dipping sauce for grilled or smoked meats, including chicken, turkey, and pork. It also makes a fantastic dressing for coleslaw and salads.

Is White Bbq Sauce Gluten-Free?

Yes, most white BBQ sauce recipes are gluten-free, as the key ingredients—mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and spices—are naturally gluten-free. However, it’s essential to check specific brands and store-bought versions for any added ingredients that may contain gluten.

What State Has White Bbq Sauce?

White BBQ Sauce is closely associated with the state of Alabama, where it originated. It’s a beloved regional specialty that has gained popularity beyond the state’s borders.

Alabama Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
Tangy, rich, and highly addictive, Alabama’s chicken sandwich with white bbq sauce is sure to be a crowd favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 639 kcal


White BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup mayo
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • few dashed of hot sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp horseradish
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Everything else

  • 2 cups cooked chicken smoked, grilled or roasted
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • butter
  • dill pickles

Recipe Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until incorporated. Taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.
  • Using two forks, shred chicken into small pieces
  • Brush butter on inside of buns and toast, if desired.
  • Place shredded chicken on the bun and drizzle generously with the BBQ sauce. Top with pickles and the bun.


Calories: 639kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 22gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 27gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 640mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Alabama white sauce, pulled chicken with white sauce, White BBQ sauce
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