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A Slow Cooker Is a Must for Pulled Chicken
With its low, steady temperature, a slow cooker is a perfect vessel for tender, saucy pulled chicken. Follow these steps to make an easy weeknight dinner or the perfect entrée for a casual get-together or potluck. (You also can refer to this recipe for slow-cooker pulled chicken.)Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Assemble Your Pulled Chicken Ingredients
First, assemble your ingredients. You will need:
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- 2 1/2 pounds chicken parts (a combination of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and skinless bone-in thighs, which will give the final dish some richness)
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 8 ounces barbecue sauce (purchased or homemade)
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Fill the Slow Cooker
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- Place the chicken parts in the slow-cooker crock. If there is too much chicken to put in a single layer, put the thighs on the bottom and the breasts on top.
- Sprinkle the onion evenly over the chicken.
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Add the Sauce
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- Pour enough sauce over the chicken and onions to just cover it, using a spatula to spread it completely over the chicken.
- Then, put the cover on the slow cooker and set it to LOW. The chicken will take about 5 hours to cook.
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Shred the Chicken
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- After 5 to 6 hours, check to see if the chicken is done. It should break apart easily when you pierce it with a knife or a fork. When the chicken is done, it's time to "pull" it.
- Remove the chicken pieces from the slow cooker, leaving the cooker on LOW. Let the chicken cool for 5 to 10 minutes on a sheet pan or in a shallow baking pan. Then, with two forks, a knife, or your clean fingers, shred the chicken into small pieces.
- The chicken should pull apart easily from its long, slow simmer in the slow cooker. Discard any bones.
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Mix the Chicken and Sauce
- Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and use a wooden spoon or a pair of tongs to toss it with the sauce, until the chicken is completely distributed.
- If the chicken seems dry, add more sauce. The chicken can remain in the slow cooker on LOW or the KEEP WARM setting until you're ready to serve it.
- You can serve the pulled chicken on its own, or on a sandwich bun with some crisp cole slaw.