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BBQ Chicken Wraps

June 15, 2019 (Last Updated: March 8, 2020) by Chris Collins

These Homemade BBQ Chicken Wraps are truly bursting with flavour. Served with a homemade tangy coleslaw, lunch has never looked so good!

Grilled BBQ Chicken and coleslaw are a match made in heaven. Chuck it in a tortilla wrap and you’ve got yourself a darn tasty lunch. My stomach’s growling all over again, so without further ado, let’s see what all the fuss is about.

3 bbq chicken wraps stacked on a wooden chopping board with french fries blurred in the background

Homemade BBQ Chicken

The star of the show here really is the BBQ chicken. As such, it’s important to let the chicken shine! Here’s a couple of rules I live by when making BBQ chicken:

Rule number 1 of BBQ chicken club – use a good quality sauce. If you can get your hands on Jack Daniel’s Sauce, that’s personally my favourite. Bulls Eye is also great. Just don’t skimp out on the cheap stuff.

Rule number 2 – Season the chicken. As delicious as the BBQ glaze is going to be, be sure to season the chicken to the high heavens for an extra punch of flavour.

BBQ Chicken Seasoning

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

Nothing fancy, but definitely makes the difference.

How to cook BBQ chicken

In terms of cooking the chicken, I usually chuck it on a griddle pan, mainly because there is no sun here in Edinburgh so the BBQ is rarely an option. You can also pan fry the chicken breasts, you just obviously won’t get those gorgeous char lines.

How to make BBQ Chicken on the stove (quick summary)

  1. Take chicken out the fridge 10-15mins before using.
  2. Butterfly slice the chicken to make 2 even sized breasts.
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning and drizzle with oil.
  4. Rub into meat and fully coat.
  5. Fry on medium-high for a few mins, then flip.
  6. Brush with BBQ sauce and fry until white through the centre. Take out of pan, place sauce-side-down and brush the other side with BBQ sauce.

how to make bbq chicken on the stove - 6 step by step photos

Can I use leftover/rotisserie chicken 🤔 – You absolutely can! I recommend shredding your cooked chicken and combining with the spices. From there, I usually fry it for 1-2mins in a dash of olive oil, just to heat through the chicken and lock in the spices. Then just mix in BBQ sauce and make the wrap as instructed.

Homemade Coleslaw

Like I mentioned earlier, BBQ chicken and coleslaw is a match made in heaven. I’ve been making coleslaw for as long as I can remember, mainly because it’s ridiculously better than store bought. With the BBQ chicken, I like my coleslaw a little tangy, just to balance out the sweetness of the chicken. Here’s what you’ll need:

Homemade Coleslaw Dressing Ingredients

  • Mayo
  • Sour Cream
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt & Black Pepper

When it comes to making coleslaw it truly couldn’t be easier. I love a classic combo of carrot, onion and cabbage mixed with the dressing. If you’re not a fan of raw onion, you can sub green/spring onion for a more subtle flavour.

How to make Coleslaw (quick summary)

  1. Add your dressing ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk together and test for seasoning.
  3. Finely slice cabbage/onion and combine with grated carrot.
  4. Mix in sauce and serve immediately.

How to make coleslaw - 4 step by step photos

Serving BBQ Chicken Wraps

Can I make these wraps ahead of time?

I actually recommend serving these straight away. The reason is because when coleslaw sits, it’s starts to become watery. This is because the salt/vinegar/sugar starts breaking down the veg. However, I do have a tip down in the recipe card for you which might help if you’re going to make ahead the coleslaw.

What other fillings could I add?

Other welcomed additions to these chicken wraps would be: bacon, applewood cheese, avocado

What to serve with chicken wraps?

Okey dokey, that’s all the bbq chicken info my brain has for you 🤣 If you like the sound of these wraps, you’ll love my Crispy Chicken Wraps and Buffalo Chicken Wraps, so do check them out if you fancy! And if you’re looking for more BBQ recipes then BBQ Chicken Nachos, BBQ Meatballs, BBQ Chicken Pasta and BBQ Chicken Pizza are all yours for the taking! But for now, let’s tuck into this bbq chicken wrap recipe shall we?!

overhead shot of 3 bbq chicken wraps with chopping board, chips and dip blurred in the background

How to make BBQ Chicken Wraps (Full Recipe and Video)

3 bbq chicken wraps stacked on a wooden chopping board with french fries blurred in the background

BBQ Chicken Wraps

These Homemade BBQ Chicken Wraps are truly bursting with flavour. Served with a homemade tangy coleslaw, lunch has never looked so good!!
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Servings (click & slide): 4 wraps
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Hand Held Food
Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Calories per serving: 621kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ2.50 / $3


  • Griddle Pan
  • Box Grater
  • Large Mixing Bowl & Spatula
  • Small Pot/Ramekin (to make dressing)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Brush

Ingredients (check list):

BBQ Chicken

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts (take out fridge 10-15mins before using)
  • 1 cup Good Quality BBQ Sauce, or as needed (see notes)
  • 1 heaped tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil


  • 1 large Carrot, grated on a box grater
  • 1/4 Red Cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 Green/White Cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/2 medium White Onion, finely sliced (see notes)
  • 4 tbsp Mayo (full fat)
  • 1 tbsp Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar, (see notes)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • 4 large White Flour Tortilla Wraps
  • 4 small handfuls Spinach (or greens of choice)


  • Butterfly slice your two breasts in half to make 4 even sized breasts. Coat in 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper & cayenne pepper (or to preference) and a good drizzle of olive oil. Fry over medium-high heat for 3-4mins then flip and coat the top with BBQ sauce.
  • Fry for another few mins, then take off and place sauce-side-down on a chopping board. Brush with more BBQ sauce and leave to rest for 5mins. Slice into strips, ensuring you slice at an angle and against the grain.
  • Meanwhile, combine 4 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp sour cream, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp sugar (or to taste) in a small bowl and taste for seasoning. Combine in a larger bowl with your carrot, onion & cabbage and mix to combine.
  • Lay your wrap down, place a small hand of spinach (or greens of choice) in a strip between the centre and bottom of the wrap. Top with coleslaw, then chicken, then fold as it were a burrito (or just simply roll it up). Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) BBQ Sauce - As the BBQ chicken is the star of the show, make sure you use a good quality BBQ sauce. I personally use Jack Daniel's. Bulls eye is also great.
b) Onion - If you're not a fan of raw onion then consider subbing for 1 green/spring onion.
c) Sugar - The dressing measurements as they are will give you a fairly tangy coleslaw, which is a nice contrast to the sweet BBQ chicken. However, do adjust with the sugar accordingly if you find it too tangy.
d) Make Ahead Coleslaw/How to stop it going watery - the vinegar/sugar/salt in the dressing will start breaking down the veg almost immediately, so if you're not serving these up straight away, don't make the whole wrap in advance. By the time you serve them the coleslaw will be make the whole thing mushy. HOWEVER, a method to reduce this happening is to add your veg to a colander above a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Leave for 1-4 hours, then press (don't squeeze) out the moisture.ย 
e) Other fillings - Other welcomed additions would be: bacon, applewood cheese and avocado.
f) Calories - assuming 2 tsp olive oil for frying is used, 4 cups of spinach added, the whole cup of bbq sauce and all the coleslaw. Calories per wrap.

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Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 621 Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.21g33%
Saturated Fat 4.008g20%
Trans Fat 0.027g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.921g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.456g
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1966mg82%
Potassium 1117mg32%
Carbohydrates 66.96g22%
Fiber 5.7g23%
Sugar 31.22g35%
Protein 42.63g85%
Vitamin A 16150IU323%
Vitamin C 76.7mg93%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    June 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    These look delicious! I have got to get a grill pan…reminds me of the Taco Bell crunch wrap burrito! yum!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      Yes! Very similar ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    June 16, 2019 at 1:33 am

    5 stars
    Great video. I’d love one of these chicken wraps for my lunch!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 10:43 am

      They’re so delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    June 15, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    5 stars
    These BBQ Wraps look so amazing! Such a perfect option for the summer!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Yup! So Summery ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    June 15, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    5 stars
    Heck yes! This is a perfect flavor combination and really a fun, easy meal, perfect for summer. All the bacon and avocado on mine, please and thank you!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Haha, it’s all yours!!

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    June 15, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    5 stars
    I know what I will be having for dinner tonight! This looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Terri Gilson
    June 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    5 stars
    Looks like a fabulous wrap- has my mouth watering! I’ve never tried the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce but I definitely like the sound of it – yum!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 10:42 am

      You should definitely try it! It’s so yum!