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Pulled Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

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

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Delicious Crock Pot shredded chicken

Love this BBQ pulled chicken? Try my Slow Cooker Chicken Stew and my Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce for more great recipes!

If you’ve ever had a pulled pork sandwich this is very similar, only it’s made with chicken rather than pork. This pulled chicken crock pot recipe is also great on salads if you want to skip the bread.

Crock pot recipes are essential in our household because we have such a full schedule. The afternoons get crazy with sports and other activities.

Are Crock Pots And Slow Cookers The Same Thing?

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

How Do Crock Pots Work?

Most crock pots have just two heat settings – low and high. Some also have a warming option. Crock pots 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.

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The easiest slow cooker BBQ chicken

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The Crock Pot does most of the work.
  • Makes a great family meal.
  • Makes a great sandwich, taco or salad topping.
  • Perfect for busy days.


What you’ll need to make this recipe.

How To Make This Recipe

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Slow cooker bbq chicken drumsticks process

Step 1:

Combine all ingredients, except chicken breast and add them to crock pot.

Step 2:

Add the chicken breast to the crock pot, and cover and cook on low for approximately 6 hours.

Step 3:

Remove the chicken from the crock pot, shred with two forks, then return it to the crock pot. 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.

saucy pulled chicken in a bowl.
Mouth watering pulled chicken

Can You Overcook Chicken In The Crock Pot?

Yes! Though chicken cooks for a while in the crock pot, 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 Crock Pot Chicken?

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

Can I Freeze Crock Pot Chicken?

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

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Yield: 12 Servings

Pulled Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

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

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


  • 2 cup ketchup
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  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:



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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Tuesday 18th of February 2020

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


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

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


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!


Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I really loved it! Such an amazing comfort food!


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 :)

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