BBQ Chicken Bun (GF, DF, EF)

Summertime BBQ Chicken Bun!

Chicken BBQ Bun (GF, DF, EF)Y’all, it’s summertime, and I couldn’t be more pumped! Hiking, sunshine, and the great outdoors are abound this summer. While winter is by far my favorite season, I’m learning to love this summertime weather too.

(Especially now that the golf ball sized hail is gone. Colorado, that wasn’t cool.)

Last Week's Hike!
Last Weekend’s Hike!

Now, I don’t have a grill, but I need a classic hearty summertime dish to keep up with my active lifestyle.This weekend I’ll be cooking up some BBQ Chicken Buns before heading out on the trails. It’s a family classic that I can still eat with my celiac disease!

The spice combination is key to sprucing up this simple dish. Plus, BBQ chicken goes pretty well on a gluten, dairy, and egg free buns because they absorb the sauce making them less dry than normal.

Lots of summertime meals are known to be light, what are some of your favorite hearty summer treats?! Anyone else have any hiking or outdoor plans this weekend?!


BBQ Chicken Bun*

Allergens: Celiac friendly and free of the Big 8!


  • 1 cup No-Salt-Added Ketchup (Hunt’s sells a GF version, just make sure it says “gluten free.”)
  • 2 tbsp. Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1  tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1  tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1  tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 1  tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  •  ¼ tsp. Ground Allspice
  • 4 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • Schar Hamburger Buns (my GF, DF, EF favorite!)
  • Bacon, Lettuce, and Other Toppings


  1. Shred the chicken, you should have 4 cups! Cook the bacon according to the instructions. BBQ Chicken Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  2. Place ketchup, sugar, vinegar, spices, and dry mustard in a small saucepan. Chicken BBQ Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  3. Place over medium heat. Simmer and cook for three minutes, until the sauce thickens. Be sure to stir occasionally, so the sauce becomes consistent. Chicken BBQ Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  4. Add shredded chicken to the sauce pan and cook until warm throughout (around 3 minutes). Chicken BBQ Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  5. Place chicken mixture in a GF bun!BBQ Chicken Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  6. Add bacon, lettuce, and any other toppings.BBQ Chicken Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  7. Serve warm with any sides of your choice.BBQ Chicken Bun (GF, DF, EF)
  8. Enjoy! BBQ Chicken Bun (GF, DF, EF)

Tips and Tricks

  • This serving size is meant for a feast of kings! Feel free to cut it in half if you aren’t serving a bunch of hungry hikers. (Although, it does work as a tasty leftover too!)
  • Don’t want to use a bun, try putting the BBQ chicken in a lettuce wrap instead. Boston lettuce works the best, and not because I’m biased by the name!
  • ALWAYS make sure your ingredients are safe for you. Bacon can be tricky if it’s been marinated first. I’m an Applegate fan, but there’s some other companies with GF options out there too.
  • Allspice is one of the best invention for those with a cinnamon allergy! You’ll see it sneaking its way into a lot of my recipes. 🙂

* Adapted from Cooking Light, March 2011

Last, but certainly not least, Happy Fiesta Friday to my blogging friends! Be sure to share how you’re celebrating the end of the week by linking your blog post over at Angie’s Party! It’s always a blast. 

41 thoughts on “Summertime BBQ Chicken Bun!

  1. Hi Kaila, lovely to meet you and thank you for bringing this feast for kings to the party, the sauce looks amazing and I have two men in my home that would definitely love it!! Enjoy the party 🙂

    1. Hi Elaine! Thank you so much for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week. The spices in your “kulchi” dish this week left me drooling. Let me know if you try this recipe for the men in your household (and yourself too!). 🙂

  2. Looks and sounds fab Kaila! Just the thing to bolster you up when you are out enjoying the summer. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful tips too – Happy Fiesta Friday!

  3. This looks SOOOOOO good, my mom, sister, and good friend are all gluten-free so I’ll definitely share this with them, and I can’t wait to try it myself, I know my husband will be all over it too! I recently posted something similar (Crock Pot Pulled Pork)- with BBQ sauce on a bun, YUMMMM- now I have something else to try, I like the idea of using chicken. My parents & sister live in CO and they talk about the scary storms they have over there- I agree with you, not cool CO!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Your pulled pork recipe looks delicious as well! I don’t have a crock pot, but if I ever get one, your recipe is right up my alley.

      Also, thank you for sharing! I have celiac disease, so all my recipes are gluten free. I also try to be allergy friendly because I have a bunch of allergies (including milk and egg). My Recipe Tab has a color-coding system for the remaining top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and soy). It might be helpful if your family/friends have any other common food restrictions!

      Have a wonderful weekend! Fortunately, the weather has started to turn around in my part of Colorado, so hopefully, I get some good hikes in this weekend. And, your family is enjoying safer weather too. 🙂

  4. GF or not, I love me some BBQ sauce and these look delish. I’m fortunate not to have celiac or serious food allergies and I really admire your positivity in the face of such challenges! Hope you do try grilling. It’s my favorite way to cook everything and will help you enjoy summer even more! Best, sheri

    1. Hi Sheri! Thanks for your kind comments. You can always place this on a non-GF bun too! Hopefully, we get into grilling this summer, we just need to get a grill first. 🙂

    1. Thanks! When I make gingerbread, I use more allspice and an extra pinch cloves to make up for the lack of cinnamon. It’s one of my favorite spices year round! 🙂

    1. Great minds think alike, or maybe it’s just the season for barbecue! I hope your sauce came out well too. It’s a great way to ring in the first day of summer! 🙂

      1. Having a great weekend! Bought Mrs Fitz a new top top beetle.. So she is happy and it’s festival weekend in kid parish.. Great! Hope yours is cool too

  5. uhm YUM! I love shredded BBQ chicken, but too much of it and my IBS is all out of whack, probably cause I use store bought kind, maybe i’ll give yours a whirl 🙂 you’re always so fancy home making everything, gluten free gourmet!

    1. I love making my own food (including sauces) because it cuts down on my risk of cross contamination (or cross contact if you prefer). I try to make at least one nice/new homemade meal a week! They’re always simple too because I’m still getting the hang of this cooking thing. 🙂

      1. Simple? Girl you are GOURMET. simple is grilled chicken with no sauces, you’re always so fancy! I need to be more like you!

  6. This looks so good! I need a good 4th of July recipe for the family that I can eat too 🙂 I didn’t realize that bacon could be a tricky ingredient either, so you taught me something new. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    1. Thanks! I’d love to hear your feedback on the recipe!! Fortunately, bacon doesn’t usually contain gluten. The most common problem is if a company wants to make a “smokey” taste, then the seasoning/liquid smoke flavor can contain barley. Otherwise, it’s just a shared equipment issue that would make you wonder about cross-contamination policies. We eat Boar’s Head a lot too, but there’s TONS of safe bacon, so no worries there. 🙂

      1. Good to know — thank you and I will be following your blog now to see what else I can learn from you!

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