Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
Pulled Chicken. Diana Rattray
  • 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
Ratings (15)

A homemade barbecue sauce makes this easy slow cooked shredded chicken flavorful and juicy. Serve the chicken on split toasted buns with coleslaw and baked beans, along with sliced pickles and your favorite side dishes for barbecue.

I used a combination of chicken breasts and chicken thighs in the dish so while it is relatively light, the chicken thighs keep it moist and tender.

For a spicier barbecue sauce, add more cayenne pepper. If you're pressed for time, use your favorite purchased barbecue sauce, jazzed up with a little sauteed onion and cayenne.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves or peach preserves
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • dash allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. When the butter is foamy, add the chopped onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are softened and lightly browned. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute longer. Add the ketchup, apricot preserves, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, molasses, allspice, black pepper, and cayenne. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Put 1 1/2 cups of the sauce mixture in the crockery insert of the slow cooker. Reserve the remaining sauce; put it in a container and refrigerate until serving time. Add the chicken pieces to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 1/2 to 5 hours, or until the chicken is very tender and shreds easily. Using a fork, shred the chicken pieces.
  1. Serve the pulled chicken on split toasted buns with coleslaw and the extra barbecue sauce.
  2. A menu might also include potato salad or baked potatoes, along with baked beans and sliced pickles and tomatoes. I like coleslaw and pickles on my barbecue, but other toppings might include jalapeno pepper rings, thinly sliced red onion, plain shredded cabbage, and sliced tomatoes or cucumbers.

Serves 8.