Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken

by | Updated: July 12th, 2021

Ah, barbecue. Such good-time food! But when you can’t fire up the grill for the whole experience, this recipe recreates a smoky favorite in your slow cooker. By combining lean chicken breast with juicy thighs, this pulled chicken achieves the perfect moist and meaty texture. For the sauce, you’ll start with a mustard base, then add simple pantry staples to reach next-level tanginess with the perfect hint of sweet. Serve on toasted buns with some homemade coleslaw and throw a barbecue in the great indoors!

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken on Bun with Slaw |

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken on Bun with Slaw |
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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 418 kcal
Author Pamela Higgins


  • 1-½ lb. chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 1-½ lb. chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ cup water

Barbecue sauce


  1. To slow cooker, add chicken, salt, pepper and water.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  3. In small sauce pan, combine all barbecue sauce ingredients and bring to boil while whisking. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker and transfer to mixing bowl. Using two forks, shred chicken, discarding fatty bits from thighs.
  5. Add desired amount of sauce to chicken; stir and toss to combine.
  6. Serve on buns.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 184mg61%
Sodium 590mg25%
Potassium 737mg21%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 477IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Pamela Higgins

Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach, AADP received her credentials from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010. Pam is the Founder of Total Health Counseling, LLC and She is a sensitive foodie and focuses on teaching clients about eating delicious food with pleasure. Pam will show you how to access your blueprint for healthy eating and lifestyle so you can be your best. Pam healed herself from years of chronic digestive and skin inflammation by accessing her own blueprint for healthy living and helps her clients find foods that nourish + balance their bodies. Pam lives in South Florida with her husband, Heman and dog, Cali. Contact Pam directly via email at