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Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

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A simple recipe, this slow cooker pulled BBQ chicken is a family favorite for summer dinners on the deck or melt in your mouth pulled chicken sandwiches any time of year!
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  1. Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This slow cooker pulled BBQ chicken is incredibly easy to make by just throwing chicken, barbecue sauce, and spices into a crockpot and waiting until the chicken becomes fall-apart tender and juicy. Add it to buttered hamburger rolls, and it becomes a mouth-watering pulled BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 18 ounces Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

PRO TIP:

If your chicken breasts are on the smaller side, use four instead of three for this recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BARBECUE SAUCE: There are so many great BBQ sauces to choose from. We also love Sweet Baby Bay’s Honey Barbecue Sauce, or you can use your own favorite brand or even a homemade BBQ sauce.

GROUND WHITE PEPPER: Ground black pepper will also work as an alternative to white pepper if needed.

CHIPOTLE CHILI POWDER: Regular chili powder is fine to use as a substitute if you don’t have the chipotle variety

SLOW COOKER: This pulled BBQ chicken recipe uses a slow cooker. You can use any size of crockpot, Instant Pot, or any other slow cooker brand.

CHICKEN: Boneless skinless chicken thighs in place of the boneless chicken breasts would also work well for this recipe.

How To Make This Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Recipe

STEP ONE: Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker and turn the heat to low.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Don’t cook the chicken from frozen. Make sure that the chicken is fully thawed before placing it in the slow cooker.

STEP TWO: In a bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, and ground white pepper. Stir well with a whisk.

sauce ingredients being combined in a bowl

STEP THREE: Pour the barbecue sauce mixture into the slow cooker with the chicken breasts.

bbq sauce mixture poured over the chicken breast in a slow cooker

STEP FOUR: Use a spoon to stir and coat all the chicken with the barbecue sauce mixture.

chicken breast coated with the bbq sauce mixture in a slow cooker

STEP FIVE: Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low heat for six to seven hours, or on high for three to four hours.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165°F.

STEP SIX: When the chicken is tender and pulls apart easily with a fork, it’s ready to be shredded. Use two forks to shred chicken while still in the slow cooker.

PRO TIP:

Don’t overcook the chicken. If your slow cooker has a ‘warm’ setting, switch to this once it’s done to prevent it from continuing to cook in the sauce.

cooked chicken being shredded in the slow cooker

STEP SEVEN: Mix the shredded chicken and barbecue sauce together until it’s well coated.

chicken shredded and combined with the bbq sauce mixture in the slow cooker

STEP EIGHT: Serve on buttered and toasted hamburger buns.

How To Serve

A pulled BBQ chicken sandwich is a great alternative to a burger. Just add the BBQ chicken to a toasted and buttered hamburger bun. I also suggest topping your BBQ chicken with homemade coleslaw to add a nice crunch to an already delicious sandwich.

Sides that go great with pulled chicken sandwiches include baked mac and cheese, pasta salad, or potato salad.

Great for an easy meal any night, or for a backyard picnic, serve this crockpot barbecue chicken recipe with sides like cauliflower mac and cheese or a simple cucumber salad for a classic summer meal.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover cooked BBQ pulled chicken can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. When reheating, make sure it’s piping hot throughout.

IN THE FREEZER: Slow cooker BBQ chicken can be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container.

close up shot of pulled bbq chicken in a slow cooker with a piece picked up with tongs

This easy pulled BBQ chicken slow cooker recipe is a great go-to for busy weeknights. You can just put the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and at dinner time, it’ll take just a few minutes to shred the tender chicken and pop it onto a bun. You can also batch cook this dish and store it to make a quick lunch to take to work or reheat for lazy weeknight dinners.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different BBQ sauce than the one listed in the recipe?

You can use your favorite BBQ sauce in this recipe. The brand or flavor doesn’t matter, as long as it is a yummy flavor that your family loves!

How do I shred chicken?

To shred chicken, use two forks. Holding one in each hand, use them to pull the chicken apart.

What can I use pulled chicken for?

Pulled chicken can be used for so many different meals. Try chicken sandwiches, chicken tacos, or even chicken sliders.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

5 from 6 votes
A simple recipe, this slow cooker pulled BBQ chicken is a family favorite for summer dinners on the deck or melt in your mouth pulled chicken sandwiches any time of year!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 18 ounces Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Turn the heat to low.
  • In a separate bowl, combine Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, and ground white pepper. Use a whisk to stir and combine.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce mixture into the slow cooker with the chicken breasts. Use a spoon to stir and coat all the chicken with the barbecue sauce mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • When the chicken is tender and pulls apart easily with a fork, it is ready to be shredded.
  • Using two forks, shred chicken while still in the slow cooker. Mix the chicken and barbecue sauce together until well coated.
  • Serve on buttered and toasted hamburger buns.

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Notes

  • If your chicken breasts are on the smaller side, use four instead of three for this recipe.
  • Do not cook chicken from frozen. Make sure the chicken is fully thawed before adding it to the crockpot.
  • Make sure your chicken’s internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Don’t overcook the chicken. If your slow cooker has a ‘warm’ setting, switch to this once it’s done to prevent it from continuing to cook in the sauce.

Nutrition

Sodium: 138mg | Calcium: 19mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Sugar: 12g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 451mg | Cholesterol: 72mg | Calories: 186kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 24g | Carbohydrates: 13g | Iron: 1mg
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