A no-fuss recipe for slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken. Just set and forget until it’s time to eat. Serve with coleslaw, pickles and chips or your favorite sides!
If you’re craving a simple, no-fuss slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken sandwich, this recipe is for you. It’s as easy as some chicken breasts in the slow cooker, mixing the sauce and pouring it over the chicken and setting it to cook for 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. Come back, shred the chicken, toss it back in the sauce and you’re ready for a delicious BBQ sandwich.
Serve the delicious, fall-apart juicy BBQ chicken on some burger buns, sliders, sweet Hawaiian rolls, or brioche buns. I went with brioche. You’ll get about 4 big servings on a regular brioche bun or 6 servings on smaller burger buns. There’ll be even more servings if you decide to go for sliders. Don’t forget coleslaw, your favorite pickles and some chips, or other sides like potato salad, cornbread, Texas toast, blackened corn, creamed corn, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, baked beans, or some veggies. Let’s start cooking.
SLOW COOKER BBQ PULLED CHICKEN RECIPE TIPS
Make sure to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and pat them dry before lining them up in the slow cooker. You’ll want skinless chicken breasts because the fat from the skin will melt in the slow cooker and dilute the sauce BIG TIME. This is the same reason we fully defrost the chicken and pat it dry after. And while you’re patting it dry, yank off any excess fat you see on the edges. Same reason: fat in slow cooker = BAD.
As for the sauce, it’ll look super thick once you mix it all together, thicker than you’d want it. Don’t worry about this, the chicken will produce a little juice while cooking and this will thin the sauce down a little. You’ll also have a lot of sauce to go around so once you finish shredding everything, add the sauce in gradually until you’ve reached the level of sauciness you want. Feel free to keep the leftover sauce for dipping or for adding later once you reheat.
What to Serve with BBQ Pulled Chicken
Serve with some sides like coleslaw, your favorite pickles and some chips, or other sides like potato salad, cornbread, Texas toast, blackened corn, creamed corn, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, baked beans, or some veggies.
I personally like balancing out the flavors and hot and cold so I throw in cold coleslaw to balance out the hot sandwich, textured fluffy cornbread, some corn and a creamy side like mac and cheese to balance out the tartness of the thick BBQ sauce. Last but not least, some regular natural flavored potato chips to reset the palate in between bites!
And that’s about it. Enjoy and have fun digging in. Let me know how you liked it, what substitutions you made and what you paired it with in the comments below!
MORE SLOW COOKER RECIPES TO TRY
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
- Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos
- Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
- Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich