clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Two slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken burgers topped with coleslaw with pickles and chips.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A no-fuss recipe for slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken. Just set and forget until it’s time to eat and serve with coleslaw, pickles and chips!


Units Scale
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/4 cups BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne


  1. Arrange chicken breasts in a 6 qt. slow cooker.
  2. Combine BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne to make a thick sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts.
  3. Cook chicken on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
  4. Shred the chicken on a cutting board with two forks. Transfer the shredded chicken to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Stir to mix the sauce in the slow cooker then add this sauce to the shredded chicken while mixing until it’s your desired level of sauciness.
  6. Dish and serve hot over buns.
  7. Enjoy!


  • Some may like their BBQ chicken saucier than others. Adding the sauce to the pulled chicken lets you customize your level of sauciness.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours