Monday, June 17, 2013

Crock-Pot Pulled Chicken

Today I am sharing a great recipe for pulled chicken in the crock-pot! This recipe is perfect for sandwiches, wraps, salads and pizza. I love that this easy recipe makes such wonderful leftovers - making two different yummy meals for my family of four!




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If you are looking for a 6 quart slow cooker, I love Hamilton Beach - they are inexpensive and work wonderful. The one I have is no longer in stock (Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Oval Stay Or Go Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel Model 33162R) - have used it more times than I count. Here is another 6 quart slow cooker by Hamilton Beach that has great reviews and a great price!  

Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker (This is an Amazon Affiliate link, please see my disclosure below)



Crock-Pot Pulled Chicken

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Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs chicken breast (boneless, skinless - *thawed)
  • 3/4 Cup ketchup
  • 1 1/4 Cup of your favorite barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's, Original)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup onion, chopped (I like Vidalia)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (for less heat, use 1/4)
Directions
Spray crock-pot with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken in crock-pot. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for *7 to 8 hours. When ready, remove chicken from crock-pot, leaving the sauce behind. Shred chicken with a fork. Once chicken is shredded, add some of the sauce from the crock-pot (the sauce is loose, no thick), using desired amount, coating the chicken well. Serve chicken piled high on your favorite bun, roll or wrap, topped with your favorite toppings. Pour some extra sauce in a small bowl for dipping!  Enjoy!

This chicken is also great for salads and bbq chicken pizza. See pizza recipe below! 

Each crock-pot cooks differently - be sure not to over cook.  Check chicken around 6 1/2 to 7 hours into cooking.  

UPDATE (11/6/2104):  Quick note on using frozen meat in the crock-pot - For years I have used frozen chicken in the crock-pot, following recipes from other sites and bloggers. After doing further research, I would NOT do this, even if you have been cooking frozen meat in your slow cooker for years.  This post, Is It Safe To Use Frozen Meat in Your Crockpot, from Two Healthy Kitchens, does an excellent job explaining why it is NOT.

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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Ingredients
  • 1 Pizza Crust (I use Rhodes bread dough, pre-baked, ready to go)
  • Pulled Chicken (desired amount)
  • BBQ Sauce - Use your favorite brand or homemade
  • Pineapple - Use desired amount *optional
  • Bacon - Use desired amount *optional
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (or follow directions on your store bought pizza crust). For the pizza above, I used a frozen loaf of Rhodes bread dough.  I thawed the dough the fast way according to the directions on the bag and pre-baked the crust in a greased 13x9 baking dish. Once the dough/pizza crust was ready, I topped it with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce,  pulled chicken and lots of mozzarella cheese. Placed it in the oven on the middle rack and baked it for 15 mins. So Simple! So Good! *
Pineapple and bacon are great on this pizza!

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers!

13 comments:

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Yum Mary, I love Chicken in the slow cooker. Although Im lazy I break it up in the kitchen aid :)

Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Oh my goodness this sounds awesome Mary!Yum!

Amy Ellis said...

For a crock pot cooker (almost exclusively, lol) this recipe is perfect, not to mention delicious!! Great tip for using frozen chicken, because I usually buy in bulk and freeze at least half of my chicken.. And your bonus ideas, Oh how i love BBQ pizza! Pinning as a new staple to my crock pot cooking repetoire :) ~ Amy

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Well I don't know how I missed this one, but I did! I just made some pulled pork and it didn't turn out very well. I'm trying chicken next time and using this recipe. Like Amy...I use my crockpot all the time. Especially in the summer when I don't want to heat up the house! Thanks Mary!

Jennifer Schubert said...

Has anyone put frozen chicken in the crock pot with all of the sauce on top of it? How long should I cook it for?

Jennifer Schubert said...

If I use frozen chicken, will I need to increase the time from 7-8 hours?

Daniel Conn said...

Famoly loved it!

Karen Barnes said...

Cant wait to try! Yum! An FYI...food safety experts suggest never putting frozen food in a crock to cook. It is also on the USDA website too. Just wanted to let you know since you are telling people to do so. :)

Mary N said...

Hi Amy - I just updated my post on using frozen chicken. "Quick note on using frozen meat in the crock-pot - For years I have used frozen chicken in the crock-pot, following recipes from other sites and bloggers. After doing further research, I would NOT do this, even if you have been cooking frozen meat in your slow cooker for years. This post, Is It Safe To Use Frozen Meat in Your Crockpot, from Two Healthy Kitchens, does an excellent job explaining why it is NOT." see above in my post.

Mary N said...

Thank you, Karen, and thanks so much for the tip. I am all about safety first! I have read conflicting info on frozen meat in the slow cooker, but after reading an article on "Two Heathy Kitchens" I updated the recipe. Thank you!

plasterer bristol said...


This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.

Simon

Cal Driver said...

I love so cooker meals like this, so simple, and such little prep time. I'm gonna give this a try, and be sure to make lots of extras!

Learn more said...

I've been cooking peppers and onions in the skillet on the grill a lot lately. I'll have to add jalapenos next time. Yum. I like cooking bacon that way too, although hot fat + open flame adds a nice element of danger. I used to get flank steak, but my husband got me to try the carne asada cut from our local market, and I prefer it. Not sure if it's thin-cut flank or skirt (I'll have to ask), but it looks like this