Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

Is July 4th coming around the corner? What about an upcoming barbeque or outdoor event? We’ve got the ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe that packs flavor, protein, and mouthwatering deliciousness in one recipe, and even better than that? It’s practically effortless to make!

Our Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe requires minimal effort to make. Simply combine the base ingredients, add to the slow cooker, and have the slow cooker do all the cooking for you while you get to relax or get other work done around the house! When it’s done, slap it on a brioche bun and pair it with coleslaw, potato salad, chips, or roasted vegetables.

Continue reading to learn how to make this easy-to-make Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe!

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What You Will Need To Make This Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

One of the most effortless recipes you can ever make, our Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe takes only 5 minutes to prepare the ingredients to cook, and then the slow cooker does all the cooking for you! Packed with protein, this BBQ Pulled Chicken is mouthwateringly delicious and goes great on its own or stacked on a brioche bun. Pair with coleslaw, chips, potato salad, or any favorite side dish of your choosing. 

This dish is great for busy days when you don’t have the time or energy to focus on cooking. Simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker, wait, and enjoy!

Ingredients: 

  • 2½ Pounds Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless)
  • 1½ Cups BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)
  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika 
  • 2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt (To Taste)
  • Pepper (To Taste)

Equipment:

  • Slow Cooker
  • Measuring Utensils
  • Measuring Cup
  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Whisk

Step By Step Instructions To Make This Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

Step 1: Combine The Base Ingredients

In the medium-sized bowl, combine the base ingredients. This includes apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and BBQ sauce. Whisk to combine. 

Step 2: Add The Chicken To The Slow Cooker

Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker, placing them at the bottom.

Step 3: Add The Sauce To The Slow Cooker

Pour the sauce from the medium-size bowl into the slow cooker to cover the chicken. 

Step 4: Set The Slow Cooker

Now it’s time to set the slow cooker up. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours. 

Step 5: Shred The Chicken

Once the slow cooker has fully cooked the chicken, it’s time to shred the chicken. Use two forks to insert into the chicken breasts, pulling them apart to achieve the “pulled chicken” texture.

Another option is to remove the chicken and shred it outside of the slow cooker. Then, when completed, return the pulled chicken to the sauce in the slow cooker. 

Step 6: Stir, Serve, And Enjoy! 

Give the pulled chicken a good stir in the sauce in the slow cooker. Serve on buns paired with homemade coleslaw and enjoy! 

Tips And Tricks

The recipe can be doubled for the ultimate meal prep option or for when you have to prepare for a gathering that requires more than 4 servings. 

Servings And Preparation Time

Preparation Time Cook TimeServings
5 Minutes2-6 Hours4

Conclusion

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 How do you keep pulled chicken from drying out?

FAQs

Is pulled chicken the same as shredded chicken?

Yes, it is!

What goes with BBQ pulled chicken?

BBQ pulled chicken goes great by itself or on a brioche bun. It pairs well with coleslaw, potato salad, veggies, or any side dish of your choosing!

Is Pulled chicken as good as pulled pork?

It is! Though they're different types of meat, they're vaguely similar in taste.

What is the best way to cook chicken on a BBQ?

Place the chicken on a hot grill, cover, and cook for 5-6 minutes. Make sure to flip the chicken and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Marinate or baste the chicken with BBQ sauce, then flip tp cook for 2 minutes on each side.

How do you keep pulled chicken from drying out?

Keep the pulled chicken marinated in the base sauce in an airtight container so that it can retain the moisture from the sauce.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

Anias Vibrant Kitchen
One of the most effortless recipes you can ever make, our Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe takes only 5 minutes to prepare the ingredients to cook, and then the slow cooker does all the cooking for you! Packed with protein, this BBQ Pulled Chicken is mouthwateringly delicious and goes great on its own or stacked on a brioche bun. Pair with coleslaw, chips, potato salad, or any favorite side dish of your choosing.  This dish is great for busy days when you don’t have the time or energy to focus on cooking. Simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker, wait, and enjoy!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Measuring Utensils
  • Measuring Cup
  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

  • Pounds Chicken Breasts Boneless, Skinless
  • Cups BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar Packed
  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste

Instructions
 

  • In the medium-sized bowl, combine the base ingredients. This includes apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and BBQ sauce. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker, placing them at the bottom.
  • Pour the sauce from the medium-size bowl into the slow cooker to cover the chicken.
  • Now it’s time to set the slow cooker up. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the temperature on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.
  • Once the slow cooker has fully cooked the chicken, it’s time to shred the chicken. Use two forks to insert into the chicken breasts, pulling them apart to achieve the “pulled chicken” texture.
  • Another option is to remove the chicken and shred it outside of the slow cooker. Then, when completed, return the pulled chicken to the sauce in the slow cooker.
  • Give the pulled chicken a good stir in the sauce in the slow cooker. Serve on buns paired with homemade coleslaw and enjoy!

Notes

  • The recipe can be doubled for the ultimate meal prep option or for when you have to prepare for a gathering that requires more than 4 servings. 
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