Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

The easiest and most delicious Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken that makes a great foundation for lots of different meals. Just a few seasonings and your favorite BBQ sauce and you have a simple dinner the whole family will love.

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What You’ll Love About Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken:

  • It’s a simple dump and cook recipe that takes minutes to prepare.
  • Saucy BBQ chicken that can be used for lots of different meals.
  • Freezer friendly so nothing gets wasted.
  • BBQ pulled chicken is always a crowd pleaser.

When you want an easy throw-together crockpot meal that everyone will enjoy and love, Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken is a FOR SURE winner dinner. We all know how convenient crockpot recipes are but when you can literally dump the ingredients in, and pop the lid on, it’s the absolute best!

If I had one word to describe this BBQ pulled chicken it would simply be, YUM! What makes this pulled chicken so fantastic starts with flavorful chicken and spices. I use boneless skinless chicken thighs for super juicy, and tender chicken. A simple dry rub seasoning of chili powder, smoked paprika, and garlic powder, add bold flavor before dressing the chicken with my favorite BBQ sauce.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Is Versatile:

There are so many ways to use BBQ pulled chicken. The classic bun and slaw combo is always a hit. Serve over your favorite rice or baked or sweet potatoes. We love to make BBQ chicken pizza using this slow cooker recipe, and this chicken is great in hard shelled tacos with slaw and fresh cilantro. Make lunch wraps, add the chicken to a big green salad, or just simply eat it on it’s own for a quick snack. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs– or use chicken breast meat
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Yellow onions
  • Favorite BBQ sauce– we love Sweet Baby Rays, no sugar added
  • A1 steak sauce– optional but really intensifies the flavor


How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken:

Step 1. Add chicken, seasonings, onions, and BBQ sauce to a slow cooker. Toss the chicken with the seasonings and the sauce. Place the lid on and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork.

Step 2. Once chicken is tender transfer to a large plate and shred with two forks. Remove all but 1/2 cup liquid from the slow cooker. Add chicken back. Combine more BBQ sauce with A1 steak sauce. Microwave for 1 minute then pour over chicken. Stir to combine and it’s ready to serve.

Storing Leftover BBQ Pulled Chicken:

Store leftover pulled chicken in the refrigerator up to 5 days in a sealed container, or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw and use in your favorite recipes.

Recipe Tips:

  • Trim fat– If using chicken thighs trim off the excess fat from each thigh to ensure the sauce isn’t too fatty.
  • Sear chicken– For even more flavor (but certainly not necessary) season chicken with spices and sear on both sides until deep golden brown before adding to the slow cooker.

Awesome BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches:

For this post I made pulled chicken sandwiches. A super fast dinner that my family always enjoys. We like to toast our buns and I make a quick and easy slaw. You can find the slaw recipe here.



Other Slow Cooker recipes you might enjoy:

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

The easiest and most delicious Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken that makes a great foundation for lots of different meals. Just a few seasonings and your favorite BBQ sauce and you have a simple dinner the whole family will love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 161 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed or use chicken breast
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked or regular paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce, divided
  • 1 tbsp A1 sauce

Instructions
 

  • Add chicken, seasonings, and onions to a slow cooker. Toss chicken to coat well. Pour 3/4 cup BBQ sauce over the chicken and toss again. Place the lid on and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4. The chicken should easily shred with a fork.
  • Once chicken is tender transfer to a large plate and shred with two forks. Remove all but 1/2 cup liquid from the slow cooker. Add chicken back. In a small bowl combine remaining 3/4 cup BBQ sauce with A1 steak sauce. Microwave for 1-minute then pour over chicken. Stir to combine and it’s ready to use in your favorite recipes.

Notes

Tips:
 
  • Trim fat– If using chicken thighs trim off the excess fat from each thigh to ensure the sauce isn’t too fatty.
  • Sear chicken– For even more flavor (but certainly not necessary) season chicken with spices and sear on both sides until deep golden brown.
Storing leftover BBQ chicken- Store leftover pulled chicken in the refrigerator up to 5 days in a sealed container, or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw and use for your favorite recipes.
Nutritional facts are for shredded BBQ chicken only.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.8g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 5188mg 226%
Total Carbohydrate 20.2g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Total Sugars 14.9g  
Protein 14.9g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 45mg 1%
 
Keyword BBQ chicken, BBQ pulled chicken, BBQ sauce, Easy dinner ideas, Pulled chicken sandwiches, Slow cooker chicken

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