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Pulled BBQ Chicken in Crock Pot

You only need 5 minutes of prep for this easy Pulled BBQ Chicken recipe in the slow cooker!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot chicken recipe, pulled BBQ chicken in crock pot, slow cooker barbecue chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 149kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
  • Optional, for serving: sandwich buns


  • Spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in cooker and sprinkle with garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 6-7 hours.
  • Just before serving, remove chicken from cooker and place on a cutting board. Shred the chicken by pulling it apart with two forks. Place the chicken back in the cooker, stir, and warm through. Serve on top of sandwich buns.


  • Use either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. We find that the dark meat thighs stay a bit juicier during the slow cooking process, but they are both great.
  • Any bottle of store-bought barbecue sauce is fine, or you can use your favorite homemade recipe. We typically go with Stubbs Original Barbecue Sauce, which is just slightly spicy and less sweet than other options. If you prefer a sweeter barbecue sauce, try Sweet Baby Ray's.
  • How long will Crock Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken keep? The cooked barbecue will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Can you freeze pulled BBQ chicken? Yes! You can freeze the meal before or after cooking. To freeze the raw chicken, place it in a large Ziploc freezer bag, season, and pour barbecue sauce into the bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to cook, thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight, and then cook in the Crock Pot according to recipe instructions. To freeze cooked barbecue chicken, allow the meat to cool to room temperature, package in an airtight container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • How to reheat the chicken: Place cooked chicken and sauce in a saucepan on the stovetop. Warm over low heat, just until the meat reaches the desired temperature (stirring regularly).
  • Is pulled BBQ chicken healthy? Yes! Especially if you choose a sauce that's lower in sugar, this is a protein-rich, low-fat meal, with about 150 calories per serving.


Serving: 4ounces chicken and 2 tablespoons of sauce | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 1.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 603mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g