BBQ Pulled Chicken Crockpot Recipe

BBQ Pulled Chicken Crockpot Recipe. Tender and juicy pull-apart chicken in a sweet and savory bbq sauce mixture, cooked in a slow cooker with a 5-minute prep time. These pulled chicken sandwiches are great for lazy family dinners, parties, potlucks or to bring to a picnic.

Serve the chicken sandwiches the traditional way: loaded onto a sandwich bun and topped with a homemade crunchy and creamy coleslaw.

Pulled chicken crockpot recipe made with barbecue sauce.

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Pulled Chicken Crockpot

This bbq pulled chicken meat may be made in the oven, slow cooker or instant pot. I have to say the crockpot version is my favorite. I love that I can just throw everything into my slow cooker and allow the crockpot to do the remaining work – winner!. The aroma in the home is phenomenal as the meat is cooked in the bbq sauce filling the house with the fragrances of the sweet and tangy barbecue mixture.

BBQ pulled chicken in a crock pot with a pork topped with fresh greens.

How to make bbq pulled chicken

This recipe for pulled bbq chicken couldn’t get any easier. With the preparation of 5-minutes, these chicken sandwiches are a crowd pleaser, even the picky eaters will love the recipe.

  1. Add chicken meat to a slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, combine the onion, garlic, paprika, salt, brown sugar, chili powder, hot sauce, and barbecue sauce.
  3. Pour sweet and savory barbecue over the chicken.
  4. Secure lid and cook on low or high heat until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Pull apart chicken meat with two forks and mix well to combine with sauce.
  6. Prepare coleslaw, if desired.
  7. Make sandwiches and ENJOY!

How to make slow cooker pulled chicken in a crock pot.

Coleslaw recipe

Prepare a crunchy homemade coleslaw to load over the pulled chicken. In a bowl, combine the slaw mix, mayo, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

How to make coleslaw. Simple and great addition for BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches.

What barbecue sauce should be used?

This recipe was tested with Sweet Baby Ray’s original barbecue sauce and that is the best sauce to use as the remaining ingredients are tested with this sauce.  If you use a different sauce, the results will be different.

Can I substitute chicken breast?

Yes, you can substitute the chicken breast for boneless chicken thighs. The thighs will be even juicier than the breast as it has a little more fat content. You can even do both chicken breast and chicken thighs together.

Pulled chicken recipe made with barbecue served as a sandwich.

Can pulled chicken be reheated?

Yes, pulled chicken is great to reheat. Refrigerate leftover chicken in a container. To reheat, add chicken to a skillet and cook on low heat until reheated (add more barbecue if needed). The chicken may also be reheated in the stove uncovered.

How to serve bbq pulled chicken?

  • Traditional way on a bun.
  • Add chicken to tortillas with cheese and make quesadillas.
  • Use as a topping for a salad.
  • Make tacos by adding other favorite toppings.
  • Make lettuce wraps with them.
  • Add to cooked pasta for a quick easy dinner.

BBQ pulled chicken crock pot recipe topped with fresh greens in a slow cooker.

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

BBQ Pulled Chicken Crockpot Recipe. Tender and juicy pull-apart chicken in a sweet and savory bbq sauce mixture, cooked in a slow cooker with a 5-minute prep time. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pulled chicken crockpot
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


Cole Slaw-


Pulled Chicken-

  • Place chicken into the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, combine garlic, chopped onion, paprika, salt, brown sugar, chili powder, hot sauce, and barbecue.
  • Spread the barbecue mixture over the chicken.
  • Cook chicken for 3-4 hours on high, or 6-7 hours on low.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, with two forks pull apart the chicken into thin strands. Mix in with the barbecue.

Cole Slaw-

  • Combine all the ingredients for the coleslaw. 
  • Add a generous portion of the pulled chicken onto a bun, top with coleslaw. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
BBQ Pulled Chicken Crock Pot Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 1316mg57%
Potassium 647mg18%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Anicia 08/14/2019, 10:41 pm Link Reply

    Well, well… found what I’m making for dinner tomorrow. Quick run for coleslaw and kettle chips then we’ll have a winner.

    great recipe, can’t wait to try it!

    • Valentina's Corner 08/15/2019, 12:11 am Link Reply

      Anicia, I hope you love the recipe. Enjoy. 🙂

  • Tanya 10/31/2018, 1:06 am Link Reply

    Can you please explain how to do this in a pressure cooker since thats the only thing I have. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and now is the chance:) thanks

    • Valentina's Corner 10/31/2018, 1:05 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Tanya!! Great question. Follow the instruction and place into an instant pot. Set cook time to 15 minutes. Once time is up, do a quick release to release pressure. Continue with recipe. 🙂 I hope you love this as much as we do. :0)!

  • Anna 10/22/2018, 12:59 pm Link Reply

    Made it this weekend and just wanted to pop in and say awesome recipe! Will make it again and love how there’s so many different variations to make leftover from!

    • Valentina's Corner 10/23/2018, 10:00 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping back, Anna! You put a huge smile on my face. I love hearing that you tried these and yes, just reheat and use them for something else. So good! Have a most blessed week. 🙂

  • Anna 10/19/2018, 6:44 pm Link Reply

    Oh sorry, just noticed that! Do you buy the slaw mix in store?

    • Valentina's Corner 10/20/2018, 10:53 am Link Reply

      No worries, Anna! 🙂
      You can either purchase slaw mix or make it yourself. All that goes into coleslaw is white cabbage, carrots and purple cabbage. 🙂 If that’s ingredients you keep stocked, just make it yourself. 😉
      I hope you love the recipe as much as we do. It’s on repeat at our house. Have a blessed weekend.

  • Anna 10/19/2018, 11:59 am Link Reply

    This looks delicious!! Do you have a quick recipe for coleslaw? Want to try it this weekend:)

    • Valentina's Corner 10/19/2018, 3:08 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Anna! I’m excited for you to try this, it’s going to become a favorite!! 🙂 We share a recipe for the super easy coleslaw mix in the recipe card. You’re going to love both (you may want to double the recipe for the coleslaw – it’s so addictive). 🙂 🙂

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