This easy crockpot pulled BBQ chicken takes about 5 minutes to prep, and then your dinner work is done! Just toss BBQ sauce + chicken breasts into your slow cooker, leave it for a few hours, come back to shred the chicken, and serve.
As I’m typing this, the snow is coming DOWN outside. For those of you who aren’t from the South, everything shuts down when it snows, which means there’s no class today..and probably tomorrow…and maybe the next day. One of my best memories from my freshman year at UNC was sledding down a big hill near our dorms on mattresses at 2 am when it started snowing. People were using laundry baskets, open pizza boxes…anything they could find!
I’m excited for a cozy snow day with some good food and some tea…and maybe a couple of snow adventures later. And I have the perfect slow-cooker recipe for you, whether you’re having a snow day or not!
Similar to this three-ingredient salsa chicken recipe, all you do for this crockpot pulled BBQ chicken is place chicken breasts + BBQ sauce in your slow-cooker. A few hours later, you shred the chicken and have a delicious meal all ready to go!
Since BBQ always needs sides, I served mine with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. You could also serve mac ‘n’ cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, or any of your other favorite sides.
A note on storebought BBQ sauces: they tend to be REALLY high in sugar. For example, 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Organic Sriacha BBQ sauce has 24 grams of sugar in 1/4 cup of sauce, which is as much sugar as a serving of Ben & Jerry’s.
Since I try to eat sugar in moderation and save it mostly for things like my after-dinner ice cream, I just check the labels and specifically look for a sauce low in added sugar. Annie’s Naturals makes some organic BBQ sauces with less than 8 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup serving. ???????? Or, if you’re feeling extra domestic, you could always make your own sauce.
If you try out this crockpot pulled BBQ chicken, feel free to let me know in a comment or take a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram. Hope you enjoy!
- 2 lbs (about 3-4 count) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce (try to find one with less added sugar)
Rinse and if necessary, trim chicken breasts. Pound or slice chicken breasts so each piece is roughly the same thickness/size as the other pieces. Spray slow-cooker with cooking spray. Add BBQ sauce and then chicken, turning so each piece is coated with sauce. Cook on high for 3 - 3 1/2 hours, depending on your slow-cooker's settings.
Remove chicken breasts onto a cutting board or plate, and let rest for a few minutes. Check to make sure chicken is white inside and cooked through, then shred with two forks. Return to sauce and drain any extra liquid (liquid doesn't evaporate during crockpot cooking like it does with stovetop cooking).
Serve on buns and/or alongside roasted sweet potatoes, roasted or steamed broccoli or cauliflower, or your favorite Southern sides like mac 'n' cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad.
For 1/6 of recipe (calculated using Annie's Naturals Organic BBQ Sauce): 242 calories, 12g carbs, 4g fat, 35g protein, 7g sugar
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