A simple recipe that shows you how to make BBQ pulled chicken (also known as Crock Pot BBQ Chicken!) at home in your slow cooker! This is a quick, easy, and so flavorful recipe that’s perfect for any party, potluck, or picnic!
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken was made for summertime. For cookouts and picnics and potlucks and lazy summer days where you just don’t feel like turning on the stove.
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite quick and easy dinner options and a classic potluck/cookout/picnic favorite: BBQ Pulled Chicken… or Crock Pot BBQ Chicken, whichever you prefer to call it. This is one of my favorite warm weather meals (though I could/do eat it all year round, with or without a roll), and not just because it tastes amazing but because it’s incredibly easy to make.
Preparation involves the following:
- Pour BBQ sauce and spices in crockpot.
- Add Chicken and cover with sauce.
- Cook. Shred. Enjoy.
Boom, done. Delicious.
While pulled chicken is fairly tangy and serving it on a roll is a great way to temper that tanginess, I’ve been eating it roll-free straight out of a bowl for lunch every day this week.
This recipe is so simple that I don’t have many tips to include today — it’s essentially foolproof, there are just a few FAQ’s I’d like to cover.
Can you overcook chicken in a slow cooker?
Yes, overcooking your chicken will result in meat that is tougher and drier than desired. For best results, monitor your chicken for it to reach a temperature of 160F and it should be easy to shred. For this recipe that means cooking it around 3-4 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low.
What goes well with pulled chicken?
Most salads and side dishes go well with pulled chicken. These are my personal favorites:
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How do you make pulled chicken in a crock pot?
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
A simple recipe for how to make BBQ pulled chicken (also known as Crock Pot BBQ Chicken!) at home in your slow cooker! This is a quick and easy recipe that's perfect for any party, potluck, or picnic!
- 3.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (1.5g)
- 2 cups BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
- 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar packed (60g)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼-½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
Cook on hi 3 hours 30 mins
Combine BBQ sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and crushed red pepper in the basin of a slow cooker
Place chicken breast in sauce and use a spoon to cover with sauce.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours. Chicken is done when it is easily shredded with a pair of forks.
Shred chicken and stir well to coat with BBQ sauce. Serve.