Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken Recipe

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich
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  • Total: 5 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 6 sandwiches (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
510 Calories
25g Fat
17g Carbs
50g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 sandwiches (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 510
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 537mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 50g
Calcium 42mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy, casual dish takes minutes to put together in the morning and simmers all day while you're at work. For more detailed instructions, take a look at ​Making Pulled Chicken in the Slow Cooker


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (any combination of boneless, skinless thigh and breast meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • About 8 ounces barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker, thigh pieces first, then breast pieces. Chicken should cover the entire bottom of the cooker; additional pieces can be layered on top. Sprinkle onion over chicken. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken and onions, use spatula to spread evenly so that it completely covers all of the chicken. Set slow cooker for "low," cook 5 hours.

  2. Test chicken with a thermometer to make sure internal temperature measures at least 165˚F. Remove chicken from cooker and let cool 5 minutes. With two forks, a knife, or your hands (once it cools more) shred the chicken into small pieces. Return it to the slow cooker and stir to combine with the sauce. Serve on its own or on sandwich rolls as a sandwich.