February 7, 2019

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

This is the easiest and simply the best Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe! Fall-apart tender, juicy, sweet, so satisfying and so delicious. Serve the shredded chicken in buns as a sandwich, on a side of rice, mashed potatoes or on a slice of bread.

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slow cooker pulled chicken recipe

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This recipe was created based on our family favorite Slow Cooker Pork Ribs. Both recipes are more on the sweet side, covered in barbecue sauce and both are fall apart. In the ribs recipe, we are using actual honey to give that extra sweetness to the meat. For pulled chicken, we don’t use honey in ingredients, but instead you want to use any brand of BBQ sauce that says ‘honey’ on the bottle. Whether it’s Kraft Sweet Honey, Sweet Baby Ray’s or any other brand.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

This slow cooker pulled chicken is extremely easy to make. You put everything into the slow cooker without any special prep and wait for few hours to have a ready meal on the table. I cook it for 3 hours on high as I noticed 4 hours dries out the chicken.

Chicken breast meat is usually more on the dry side already. Make sure to check if chicken is ready after 3 hours before you decide adding additional hour. Dry meat is not always so tasty.

slow cooker pulled chicken

Convenience of Slow Cooker Meals

I love slow cooker meals! Every time I have a laundry day, a cleaning day or even a baking day, I’d put everything into slow cooker and not worry about what to eat for lunch or dinner while I’m occupied with other things. I don’t have to stand over the stove and constantly watch it, stir it or mix it.

Sometimes I would throw everything into the slow cooker before church and have it ready after church. I don’t do it quite often though because I don’t really feel comfortable leaving appliance on when there’s no one home. Just for safety reasons.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (trimmed of fat – about 3 lbs)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Kraft Sweet Honey)
  • 1 small yellow onion – finely grated (with juice)
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

slow cooker pulled chicken ingredients

How to Make Crockpot BBQ Chicken:

  • Stir together all sauce ingredients in a 5 or 6 qt slow cooker
  • Add chicken breasts and turn to coat
  • Cover with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low 6-7 hours)
  • Chicken is ready when cooked through and easy to shred

how to make pulled chicken recipe

  • Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred using couple forks
  • Transfer shredded chicken back into crock pot and stir to coat with sauce

shredding pulled chicken

Transfer slow cooker pulled chicken onto a platter or any serving dish and serve as a side dish to rice or even mashed potatoes.

slow cooker bbq chicken

Another great way to serve slow cooker BBQ chicken is in buns as a sandwich or on a slice of bread.

slow cooker bbq chicken sandwich

More Chicken Recipes to Explore:

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

5 from 26 votes
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken: fall-apart tender, juicy, sweet, so satisfying and so delicious. Serve the shredded chicken in buns as a sandwich, on a side of rice, mashed potatoes or on a slice of bread.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (skinless, trimmed of fat - about 3 lbs)
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I use Kraft Sweet Honey)
  • 1 small yellow onion - finely grated (with juice)
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. In a 5 or 6 qt slow cooker combine and stir sauce ingredients: 1 cup BBQ sauce, 1 small yellow onion (finely grated, with juice), 2 tbsp apple juice, 1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 tsp fine salt.
  2. Add 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (trimmed of fat – about 3 lbs) to slow cooker and turn to coat.
  3. Cover with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low 6-7 hours). (I did 3 hours). Chicken is ready when cooked through and easy to shred.

  4. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred each breast using couple forks. Transfer shredded chicken back into crock pot and stir to coat with sauce.
  5. Serve in buns as a sandwich, on a side of rice, mashed potatoes or on a slice of bread.

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  • Barbara

    Delicious! My family love it. I recommend for sure, do it without thinking, you will not regret. Good job Olga!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s wonderful, Barbara! I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed this recipe!

  • Mira K

    We enjoyed this recipe so much last night. I would not change a thing about it. The flavors are amazing, chicken is juicy and not bland or dry like I have tried other recipes. It’s our favorite pulled chicken recipe from now on. Will definitely be a hit during summer bbq.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Mira! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Denise

    Made this slow cooker bbq chicken recipe for a neighborhood get together. Everyone loved it and so many asked for the recipe. I used brioche buns, and the little Hawaiian buns for those who wanted a slider.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      So wonderful to hear that everyone loved it, Denise! Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

  • Pauline

    Our staple for pulled chicken! The results are always satisfying, chicken is tender, and this recipe is so so easy to make. Summer here we come! So good for July 4th bbq.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s wonderful, Pauline! Sounds like you found a new favorite!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you, Natalie! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  • Patricia

    Made this yesterday and it was so delicious. Looking for great chicken recipes and this does it. Used Paul Newman s BBQ sauce

  • Courtney

    This is a great recipe! Exactly what I was looking for: Delicious & Easy. I made a double batch. Loaded the crock pot up to the top…and opted for 8 hours on low. Just perfect!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s amazing! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe & thank you for sharing that awesome review with us Courtney!

  • Larissa Martinyuk

    The BBQ pulled chicken is awesome! I have tried different recipes, but my kids said this was the best! Thank you Olga!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s so awesome, Larissa! Your great review makes me so happy :)!

  • Emily

    Absolutely amazing flavor and so easy to make! We ended up serving it over rice with a side of green beans instead of in a burger bun. It absolutely works like that too!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s wonderful, Emily! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us :).

  • Katy

    We enjoyed your recipe so much! The chicken is juicy, fall apart and the flavor is so yum. We enjoyed on a side of rice the first day and then for sandwiches the next day. Both variations were so good! Thank you for your delicious recipes. I keep looking for more.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Katy! This recipe is definitely versatile and can be enjoyed in different ways :).

  • Tammy Anderson

    Yummy and so delicious! So easy to make! Will make again and again!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s wonderful, Tammy! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe :).

  • Amy

    Have made this several times throughout the year and was devoured each time. I even make it a day or two before a camping trip, it makes for an easy and quick dinner for that first night.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Amy! Thank you for the wonderful review!

  • Aurora

    I just love this recipe. I making it all the time for my mom and daughter. There just never seems to be enough. I made it while my daughter’s friend was over for the weekend, whose a very picky eater and she LOVED it. Making again this week.thank you for this recipe.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s the best! Thank you for sharing that with me, Aurora! I’m so happy to hear you all enjoyed this recipe :).

  • Krystelle

    Made this recipe in my slow cooker and my whole family enjoyed it for couple days. Love this so much and will always make this. Thank you so much for all your recipes. We enjoy them.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s so great, Krystelle! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

  • Natasha

    This is our to-go recipe for crockpot pulled chicken. We love the tender, not dry chicken. It’s a perfect recipe to make the day before as well. Amazing results every time!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s amazing, Natasha! I’m so happy to hear that :). Thank you for wonderful review!

  • Faith

    Once again, I can’t resist the opportunity to tell you how much we enjoyed this chicken dish last night. It was satisfying – the perfect dish for a warm summer, no spending hours in the kitchen. I’ve made so many of your recipes that my family is confident that any future dishes from OlgaintheKitchen will be this amazing . Thanks for this wonderful blog. Keep the good stuff coming, keep waiting for more!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

  • Katerina

    We love your pulled chicken recipe so much. Made it for our family bbq the other day and each one family member loved it!!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      I’m so glad to hear your family loved this chicken recipe! 🙂

  • Viktoriya G.

    This slow-cooker chicken has been our primary meal all summer long. It’s so tender and juicy, you can’t go wrong with it. Yummy!! xoxo

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you, Viktoriya! I’m so glad it became a staple for you 🙂

  • Svetlana

    We love this recipe. It’s juicy and tender and absolutely amazing. Love how apple juice makes a difference in chicken. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      I’m happy to hear you liked this recipe. You’re very welcome 🙂

  • Emma

    Just wanted to leave a quick review. We made your slow cooker pulled chicken for today to enjoy the 4th of July. Turned out so good, will definitely be making it again. My family loves it!

  • Olya

    The best slow cooker pulled chicken recipe. I never thought of adding apple juice and it actually makes a huge difference. This recipe is flavorful and my family keeps loving it. The best from several food bloggers.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Apple juice does make a difference. Always makes meat tender. Some people like adding lemons instead, but lemon flavor is not for everyone. I’m glad you like it so much! 🙂

  • Tina W.

    What a great recipe. It’s so flavorful and a crowd-pleasing. Will you be posting more slow-cooker recipes? I’m a huge fan of them!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Tina! Yes, I have in plans to post more slow cooker recipes. I’m a fan of them too. Sign up for our emails to never miss any of them! 🙂

  • Ksusha

    This pulled chicken recipe is the BEST! I brought it to my work potluck and my co-workers loved it. It’s so flavorful and not dry like other pulled chicken recipes I tried. Thanks Olga!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Ksusha, it does sound like the perfect potluck dish! 🙂

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