Barbecue Chicken Grit Bowls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These Barbecue Chicken Grit Bowls can be made in 30 minutes, requiring only one pot on the stove, and it's downright delicious.  It's creamy from the grits, tangy and sweet from the barbecue sauce, crunchy from the coleslaw and a fun surprise of quick pickled cucumbers.   It has ALL of the flavors of a barbecue with minimal effort required - a win in my book for sure.

Servings: 4 people
Author: Prepare To Eat
  • 1 rotisserie chicken shredded
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
For the Grits:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ground cornmeal I used a medium ground coarseness
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
For the Coleslaw:
  • 10 ounces bag shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Pickled Cucumber:
  • 1 cucumber slices skin removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Shred rotisserie chicken and mix with barbecue sauce.  If you purchased your chicken ahead of time, you may need to microwave it to desired heat temperature.
  2. For the grits, put the water and milk in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, whisk in the cornmeal.  Once combined, turn heat to low and cover the pot.  Stir the grits every 4 - 5 minutes being sure to scrape the sides of the pot.  Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  3. While the grits are cooking, make your coleslaw and pickled cucumbers.  For the cucumbers, place everything except the cucumbers in a bowl and stir to combine, being sure to incorporate the sugar.  Next add the cucumbers and stir to combine.  For the coleslaw combine all ingredients except the coleslaw in a bowl.  Pour this mixture over the shredded cabbage and stir to combine.
  4. Once the grits have cooked, remove from the heat.  Add butter and stir to combine.  Once melted, add the cheddar cheese and stir to combine.
  5. Layer your bowls with grits on the bottom and top with the barbecue chicken, coleslaw, and pickled cucumbers.  Be sure to remove the cucumbers from their liquid when serving.  Top with additional barbecue sauce, cheese, jalapenos or spring onion. Enjoy!!