Recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

by Heidi on July 10, 2013

Last night I decided to experiment with dinner. Thankfully, it turned out to be a huge win in our book because of tastiness and time it took to cook the meal. You see, I don’t often experiment in the kitchen, most of my kitchen endeavors come from recipes or as inspiration from other bloggers with some tweaks here and there. But last night? Full on experimentation and a huge, huge win.

I was craving bbq chicken and wanted to try it in the slow cooker but all the recipes I found were for boneless/skinless chicken (duh right? Easy to pull apart) but I wanted to do almost a rotisserie style, roast chicken pulled with bbq. Thankfully, it worked out, if it hadn’t I would have been really upset about the wasted Whole Foods chicken!

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

pulled chicken slow cooker

There was a lot more chicken than this. But unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of the start, or the final chicken product before hubs started shredding it. Whoops?


1 whole chicken (we got a 3-4 lber at Whole Foods for $6!!)
1 onion sliced
mixture of spices: onion powder, chili powder, garlic (I used garlic paste), paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin and a dash of tabasco
~1/2 – 1 c. of your favorite bbq sauce


Layer the bottom of slow cooker with the onions

Mix together the spices adding the tabasco and garlic (1 dash of tabasco and ~ 1/2 t of garlic paste) to make it into a dry rub with a touch of pastiness and coated the chicken well.

Lay chicken in slow cooker, rub about 1/2c. – 1 c. your favorite bbq sauce into the chicken to add a touch of moisture.

Cook for ~4 hours on high or until fleshiest part of chicken is 165 degrees F.

Kind of a lame recipe, mostly because I don’t measure anything. ever. unless I’m baking. But it was super easy, I winged the rub based on the smell and well, bbq sauce can fix just about anything.

pulled slow cooker bbq chicken

You can kind of see the rub there…this was half way through hubs shredding it. Oh em gee, it was soo good.

To make a sammich…add to whole wheat rolls, top with more of your favorite bbq sauce and arugula, and enjoy!

I topped mine with Sweet Baby Rays Hickory and Brown Sugar sauce. YUM. Also had a side of fresh sweet corn on the cob. A perfect summer side.

slow cooker pulled bbq chicken sweet corn sweet baby rays

Happy Summer eating friends – enjoy!

Be Sociable, Share!

Previous post:

Next post: