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Easy Crockpot Pulled Chicken

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Easy crockpot pulled chicken is a great go-to for a busy weekday night. Toss everything in the crockpot in the morning and it will be ready by dinnertime.

Crockpot pulled chicken

If you’ve ever had a pulled pork sandwich this is very similar, only it’s made with chicken rather than pork. The sauce doesn’t have a strong BBQ taste, but it is very good and great as a sandwich. You can also make this to put on salads or something else if you want to skip the bread.

Crockpot recipes are essential in our household because we have such a full schedule. The afternoons get crazy with sports and other activities. So, if I don’t plan ahead on those crazy days with a meal that’s ready to eat at dinner time, we end up either grabbing something on the go.

If you have days like that as well, you know how expensive that can get very quickly.

Are crockpots and slow cookers the same thing?

Essentially, yes. Crock-pot is the original brand name for slow cookers, however the word “crockpot” has become a generic word used for slow cookers.

How do crockpots work?

Most crockpots have just two heat settings – low and high. Some also have a warming option. Crockpots have a ceramic or porcelain pot that sits inside the heating unit that is heated from the bottom as well as around the sides of the pot. They can be round or oval, and comes in various sizes.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Slow cooker does most of the work
  • Makes a great family meal
  • Makes a great sandwich or salad topping
  • Perfect for busy days
Crockpot pulled chicken

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Ketchup
  • Yellow onion
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Boneless skinless chicken breast
Crockpot pulled chicken

How to make this recipe

1 – Combine all ingredients, except chicken breast and add them to crockpot.

2 – Add the chicken breast to the crockpot, and cover and cook on low for approximately 6 hours.

3 – Remove the chicken from the crockpot, shred with two forks, then return it to the crockpot. Mix chicken thoroughly into sauce, and it’s ready to serve.

Making homemade sauces, like this homemade BBQ, is simple and the flavors are just as good, if not better than the store bought versions. If you like different herbs and seasonings in your sauces, feel free to mix it up as BBQ sauces are very versatile.

Crockpot pulled chicken

Can you overcook chicken in the crockpot?

Yes! Though chicken cooks for a while in the crockpot, over 10 hours is typically too long. As a result, you could end up with dry, not juicy or tender meat.

How long can I store my crockpot cooked chicken?

Store chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can I freeze my crockpot cooked chicken?

Yes, place in a freezer safe container or freezer bag and freeze for 3-4 months.

Please Note

Different slow cookers may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on your food so it doesn’t burn.

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Calories per serving (1/2 cup): 156

Yield: 12 Servings

Easy Crockpot Pulled Chicken

Crockpot pulled chicken

Easy crockpot pulled chicken is a great go-to for a busy weekday night. Toss everything in the crockpot in the morning and it will be ready by dinnertime.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cup ketchup
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except chicken breast. Add to crockpot.
  2. Add chicken breast to crockpot. Cook on low for approximately 6 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from crockpot, shred with two forks, return to crockpot. 
  4. Mix chicken thoroughly into sauce. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 793mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 19g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Other slow cooker recipes you’ll love

Easy Chili

Sweet and Sour Chicken

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Beef Stew

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Heidy

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Great recipe for chicken. The entire family enjoyed it. I saved it so I won't misplace it.

simplylowcal

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

That's great to hear, Heidy. :)

Pamela

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Going to grab some sandwich rolls at the store to make this chicken! Looks amazing!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Thanks Pamela. I hope you enjoy. :)

Elizabeth

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

My kids absolutely LOVE this recipe! You're a life saver with this - popping it in the slow cooker means dinner is ready at the end of a super busy day. Thank you!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Thanks, Elizabeth. That's great to hear. :)

Toni

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I really loved it! Such an amazing comfort food!

simplylowcal

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Thanks, Toni. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

Traci

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I never realized how easy it is to make pulled chicken in the crockpot. Perfect for serving a large crowd. Thanks for sharing :)

simplylowcal

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Thanks, Traci. :)

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