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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

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This crockpot pulled chicken is so easy to make – everything just goes into the slow cooker without any special prep. It’s fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious. We put it on rolls with our coconut coleslaw and crisp dill pickle chips.

It was sweet, salty, savory and so satisfying. I invited my family over for crockpot bbq chicken sliders and everyone loved them. My son even asked for refills on the chicken (which is a big deal). l’m pretty sure all of the adults had seconds. Great reviews all around on this one! If the picture above hasn’t convinced you yet, the next one will! ♥♥♥

This is a great way to make meat for company or your family when you don’t have time to stand over the stove. You can throw everything in your slow cooker before church and it’s ready when you come home. Such a treat! PS. the coleslaw can be made when you start the chicken – just refrigerate it until ready to serve..

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken:

3 lbs (about 5-6 count) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ)
1/2 medium onion, grated (with juice)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Crockpot BBQ Chicken:

1. Stir together all sauce ingredients in a 5-6 qt slow cooker.

2. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 – 7 hours. Chicken is done when cooked through and easy to shred

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

3. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred each breast using two forks. Place shredded chicken back in the crock pot and stir to coat with the yummy sauce

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com
↑↑↑ Wishing I had leftovers…

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

4.85 from 117 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
This slow cooker chicken is so easy to make - everything just goes into the crock pot without any special prep. It's fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious. Serve as is or in buns with the best coconut coleslaw (find the recipe on natashaskitchen.com) and dill pickle chips.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$14
Servings: 8 (if used in sandwiches)

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs about 5-6 count boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ
  • 1/2 medium onion grated (with juice)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Stir together all sauce ingredients in a 5-6 qt slow cooker.
  2. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. Chicken is done when cooked through and easy to shred.
  3. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred each breast using two forks. Place shredded chicken back in the crock pot and stir to coat with the yummy sauce.

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Serve in buns with the best coconut coleslaw and dill pickle chips. Yum!!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

Crockpot BBQ Chicken - The Best Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Eileen Stamato
    August 27, 2019

    Thank you so much for the recipe. My company does crock pot Wednesdays. It was a surprise for my turn this week. We feed about 25-30 people each week. Hope this comes out awesome. Additions coleslaw, potato salad, rolls, and cookies. Thanks again! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2019

      That’s amazing Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Manuel
    August 15, 2019

    Very good! We had this for traditional ferragosto (Italian commemoration on August 15) it gas been a pleasure! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 15, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Margie
    July 28, 2019

    Delicious ,we put ours on toasted Brioche buns topped with homemade Cole slaw. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 29, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Margie! Reply

  • Tara
    July 22, 2019

    I have a bunch of chicken breasts that need to be cooked up so I found this recipe and decided to make it tonight for me and my 3 year old son. We are using Guy Feiri’s sweet mesquite BBQ sauce (double pack found at costco). We’re putting it on leftover hot dog buns with leftover coleslaw to use up what’s in the fridge and making a peach, feta mixed green salad with it! It’s so helpful to have the rough cost of the dish included for meal planning however I would recommend to add if that’s in US or Canadian $ as 6 breasts of chicken where I live costs $26 so the cost to make this dish is double of what the recipe states. Just a thought. 🙂 Thanks for this, we look forward to trying it soon! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 22, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Tara! Reply

  • CL
    July 20, 2019

    Delicious! I made this yesterday when the temp was 95 outside. I had 4 large chicken breasts I cut in half. I set it on high for 3 hours, shredded the chicken, and turned it to low for 1 hour. I used a whole bottle of sugar free BBQ. Served with coleslaw and watermelon! Great for a hot summer day! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 20, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Courtney
    July 12, 2019

    If I wanted to add liquid smoke, how much would I add and how would I go about doing that? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2019

      Hi Courtney, I haven’t experimented with that so I can’t advise but here is what one of our readers wrote “Made a batch for a pot luck, everyone loved it. I did add a tiny bit of liquid smoke to the cooking liquid to start, otherwise followed recipe exactly. I also blended the onion with the oil, worst. sauce, and a little bbq sauce because I don’t have a grater, and it worked great!” If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

  • Porsh
    July 11, 2019

    This is amazing… Every time I’ve made it and let friends try it they love it! My son likes it too. The best part is that there are left overs too and it’s even amazing reheated 😋 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 11, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Jennifer S.
    June 7, 2019

    This is a great recipe! Exactly what I was looking for: Delicious & Easy. I made a double batch. Loaded the crock pot up to the top…and opted for 8 hours on low. This made a full “half pan” for a party…plus two extra sandwiches for my taste testers😋 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 7, 2019

      That’s amazing! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe & thank you for sharing that awesome review with us Jennifer! Reply

  • Karol
    May 29, 2019

    Can I make this with chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts? Reply

    • Natasha
      May 29, 2019

      Hi Karol, I think that would work just fine. Let me know how you like it with chicken thighs! Reply

  • May 26, 2019

    Big hit for the kids and adults. I recently made a commitment to eating as healthy as possible so I used organic chicken/onion and sauce. it was so ridiculously easy and tasty. We put it in sandwiches, tacos and baked potatoes. YUM! Thank you for this recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 27, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Reply

  • Louise
    May 3, 2019

    Love, love, love this recipe!! Came upon your website while looking for a pulled chicken recipe. ill be visiting here often!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 3, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Porsh
    April 5, 2019

    I don’t usually comment on recipes but I just want to say this is amazing! I love this recipe very much and intend on making it a lot more frequently now!! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Mike M
    March 31, 2019

    I mean, it is delicious. I like mine a little tangier, so added some more BBQ sauce after shredding the chicken. I thought it was going to be a process to shred the chicken, but it was so tender and it took like 20 seconds per breast. We haven’t been big BBQ fans at our house but everyone loved it and this will become a frequent addition to our meals. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 31, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Mike! Reply

  • March 22, 2019

    My cousin made your recipe and served to us on Monday, along with the coleslaw! It was incredible! I actually ate 2 sandwiches, filled with overflowing chicken. 😀 The more meat the better!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2019

      Aww that’s the best Olga! Thank you for sharing that with me! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Yes more meat is definitely better 🙂 Reply

  • Rose
    March 22, 2019

    My husband and I love this recipe. So simple and delicious. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with me, I’m so happy you enjoyed that Rose! Reply

  • Jody
    March 15, 2019

    I am making This for dinner tonight. I have made it once before and my whole family loved it. It’s a great recipe for when you have a lot to do and you don’t want to take an hour or more break to cook dinner. It’s amazingly delicious, especially for being so easy and simple. Thank you. This recipe will get used in my house at least once or twice a month! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      That’s so great, Jody! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Heather J Hewit
    March 15, 2019

    I just love this recipe. I making it all the time for my dad and daughter. There just never seems to be enough. I made it while my daughter’s friend was over for the weekend.(very picky eater) and she loved it. Making again this weekend…..again thank you for this recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      Aww that’s the best! Thank you for sharing that with me, Heather! I’m so happy you all enjoyed this recipe! I hope you have an awesome Friday! 🙂 Reply

  • Jessica
    March 7, 2019

    Hey! This looks awesome. Would it be okay to use chicken that is still slightly frozen? Reply

    • Natasha
      March 7, 2019

      Hi Jessica, yes that will work but it may take slightly longer for the chicken to cook. Check it at the time stated in the recipe and add another 30 minutes if needed. Reply

  • Amira
    March 5, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    I am wondering if this could be frozen when completed and thawed/reheated right before a party. Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 5, 2019

      Hi Amira, I haven’t tried freezing it but I do think it would work well. The ingredients are freezer friendly. Reply

      • Samantha
        March 31, 2019

        Very disappointed! We were all excited to eat this tonight I followed the directions down to a tee! I cooked on low for 7 hours and it was so over cooked! Safe to say we just threw it out. Reply

        • Natasha
          April 1, 2019

          Hi Samantha, I haven’t had that result, but I am always happy to help troubleshoot. If using smaller chicken breasts, it can cook faster (closer to 6 hours). Also, be sure to cook it on low and since some slow cookers run hotter than others, I would still check at 6 hours. Also, some slow cookers continue to boil and cook the recipe even after they switch to the warm setting which can over cook the chicken. I hope that helps! Reply

    • Heather
      March 6, 2019

      I tried to make this today.. I used four chicken breasts and no onions everything else I followed.. I did 7 hours on low and then it went to warming mode for 3 hours as I was still at work… when I got home it was all burned to the side and chicken was rock hard… is this because I had it in for too long on “warming”? Is there another liquid to substitute the onion for? Thanks for your help, I am excited to try this and have it work out!! Reply

      • Natasha
        March 7, 2019

        Hi Heather, It would be overcooked on low for 7 hours and then left on warm for 3 hours. It would essentially be simmering an extra hour and some slow cookers keep a pretty hot “warm” setting where it will still simmer the food for another 3 hours. It definitely sounds like it was over cooked. I’m glad you’re excited to give it another go 🙂 Reply

  • Ana
    March 3, 2019

    If I want to triple this recipe, do I need to change the slow cooker size or time cooking? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 4, 2019

      Hi Ana, That should work fine to triple it as long as your slow cooker is large enough to fit everything. It will probably require a longer cook time though – I would aim for the higher end of the cook times (i.e. 4+ hours on high or 7+ hours on low) to check for doneness. Reply

    • Liz
      August 7, 2019

      I also am wondering this question if you could help ya? Thanks! Reply

      • Liz
        August 7, 2019

        Sorry disregard I saw your reply Reply

  • Oksana
    February 23, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    Can I use Instant Pot slow cook mode instead of slow cooker? Will it make any difference? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2019

      Hi Oksana, I think that would be a great experiment but without testing it, I really can’t provide specific instructions. I love my instant pot, but things don’t always translate the way I hope they would to the instant pot. I will add it to my list, but if you experiment before I do, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • @warmandscratchy
    February 22, 2019

    Tasty and simple!! Split the recipe in half for 2 people, made 2 BIG sandwiches (w/ a side of green beans) and still have enough for 2 more sammies (though not as big) I added cayenne for more spice too. WILL make again – and yeah wishing we had more. I’m thinking it will be a really good meal prep dish!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us! This will definitely be perfect for meal prep! Reply

  • Sandra
    February 19, 2019

    Thanks for the recipe. I made it gluten free compliant for our household. Kids loved it. Its now one we will be making more often here. Gracias Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2019

      You’re welcome! That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great! Reply

      • Lisa
        March 7, 2019

        What do you do with the onion? Reply

        • Natasha
          March 7, 2019

          Hi Lisa, add the grated onion with all of the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Reply

  • Aurora
    February 18, 2019

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was really good! I added a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and skipped the onion since I didn’t have any, and it still worked fine. I’m going to have leftovers for a while, so yay! Next time I may try the coconut coleslaw. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Darlene
    January 31, 2019

    Hello Natasha,

    I’m going to be making this recipe Saturday for Superbowl Sunday (plan to reheat day of). I’m going to be quadrupling the recipe and I plan to use an electric roaster oven, or two 🙂

    I assume I should quadruple the ingredients? And what temp do you suggest? I was thinking 200° or 250°? Just not sure how long, or even if that is the right temp.

    Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2019

      Hi Darlene, Yes it would be best to use 4 times the ingredients for that recipe! Wow! That’s going to make a ton of chicken!! 🙂 Reply

      • Darlene
        February 1, 2019

        Yes a lot of hungry mouths to feed & whatever is left over will be frozen! What temp do you recommend for the oven roaster & what do you recommend for the cook time. Thanks! Reply

  • Maribel
    January 31, 2019

    Hi!
    What kind of onion did you use for these? White or yellow?

    I’ve made so many of your recipes love them btw 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2019

      Hi Maribel, we use a yellow onion. A white or sweet onion would work as well. Reply

  • Tree
    January 31, 2019

    Thia recipe is fantastic ans super easy to prepare! I made this recipe today with great results even though I was missing one of the key ingredients…the BBQ Sauce. LOL! By the time I had thawed out the chicken breasts & started to prepare the ingredients I reaches in the back of the fridge to find an empty bottle of BBQ Sauce left by the greedy man of the house. Grrrrrr…😬

    Needless to I subbed the BBQ Sauce with what I had on hand…Manwich sauce! Followed the rest of the recipe as written and it turned out fantastic!! Crockpot time was 4hrs & the chicken breasts shredded so easily as they were sooo tender. Served the chicken on a choice of toasted Onion Rolls and/or Flour Tortilla Wraps & we topped ours w/Red Onion slices, Cilantro, Cole Slaw Mix (raw) & Pickle slices. Also made contry potates as a side. I will be making this pulled BBQ Chicken recipe in the next couple of days for Super Bowl Sunday…this time w/BBQ Sauce! 😄 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Laura
    January 31, 2019

    Hi! I’ve made this a few times and always a big hit! Has anyone tried the same ingredients using pork ? Just wondering if it’s just as delicious! Thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2019

      Hi Laura! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! It depends on the cut of pork you are using. We generally use this pulled pork recipe when using pork. Pork usually needs more time to tenderize. Reply

  • Eleni
    January 22, 2019

    Wow! Simply delicious! Thanks for another yummy recipe. I dont have the watery soupy problem that I have read others have. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2019

      I’m so happy that worked out great for you, Eleni! Reply

  • Rick
    January 14, 2019

    Has anyone tried using packaged rotisserie chicken meat like they sell at Costco? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2019

      Hi Rick, we took a look at that comments and haven’t found that. We haven’t tried that with cooked chicken either. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

  • Tanya Simpson
    January 13, 2019

    After cooking in slow cooker…you should be able to have chicken pull apart Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2019

      That is correct. Thank you for sharing that with us. Reply

  • Kelly
    January 2, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    Do you think this could be made in the instant pot? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2019

      Hi Kelly, I think that would be a great experiment but without testing it, I really can’t provide specific instructions. I love my instant pot, but things don’t always translate the way I hope they would to the instant pot. I will add it to my list, but if you experiment before I do, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Elle Gee
    December 27, 2018

    I made this for a party last weekend and it was the star of the show! So many compliments and requests for the recipe. And I was happy to direct them here 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Elle! I’m happy you all loved that! Reply

  • William
    December 16, 2018

    It’s great and simple to make! It was a hit at dinner on a lazy Sunday! I wish I could find it on MyFitnessPal. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 16, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Marina
    December 6, 2018

    Do you think that I’d be able to make 4 1/2 lbs in a 6 qrt slow cooker? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 6, 2018

      Hi Marina, That may be cutting it close but it may work. We were able to fit 3 lbs into our 6 quart just fine : Reply

  • AC
    November 24, 2018

    Making as i type this. Smells so good so far. Should be ready for the 8pm CFB games. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2018

      That’s perfect!! I bet it smells amazing! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • David Ross
    November 21, 2018

    This is delish! The only changes I made was used chicken thighs with the bone in (removed when shredding) and added a diced can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce as well. Makes EXCELLENT spicy BBQ pulled chicken. I make this about once a month when the craving hits. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2018

      Thank you for sharing that with us David! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

  • Morgan Glines
    November 3, 2018

    This is really good. I made a few changes though. I cut the chicken breasts in half, butterfly style. I seared both sides in a hot, almost dry pan. (Just the tiniest bit of oil.) After that, I used the onions and about two tablespoons of water to deglaze the pan. I also added about half teaspoon of crushed Thai chili pepper flakes. (My feeling is that anything that can be spicy should be.) I also used about a third less barbecue sauce. I find that less liquid works better in the crock pot, since you can always add more sauce/liquid as needed at the end. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 3, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Rick
    October 30, 2018

    This recipe is the best pulled chicken recipe I have found. Made it exactly the way it was shown and it turned out amazing. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 30, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Anita
    October 25, 2018

    I followed the recipe and the chicken turned out great, but there was about a cup of liquid still .. I used more that 5 or 6 breast but they were thin sliced so not sure if that was the deal .. did I do something wrong ? I put exactly what you said .. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 25, 2018

      Hi Anita! if you shred the chicken, it soaks up most of the juice and makes the chicken really moist. It might be a good idea to remove some of the liquid if using less chicken and you can always add it back to taste and preference 🙂 Reply

    • Lara
      October 25, 2018

      Anita, I have made this a few times, most recently this past weekend. Until you shred the chicken it does look like it is so much liquid. But once I shred up the chicken, like Natasha said below, it soaks it all up. Trust the process! Reply

  • stacy
    October 22, 2018

    was great! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2018

      Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Ellen Pastorino
    October 21, 2018

    Yummy and so delicious! So easy to make! Will make again and again! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2018

      That’s so great Ellen! Reply

  • Tammy Anderson
    October 19, 2018

    Hi Natasha! Looking forward to trying out this recipe….quick question for you….do I need to grate the onion or can I just chop it up finely? Thanks so much! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2018

      We grated them for this recipe Reply

  • Paul
    October 18, 2018

    Delicious and very easy. 10-15 mins prep, cooked on low 10 hours while I worked. Chicken fell apart. Added a couple tablespoons Bragg Organic Vinegar, very good on Jasmine Rice at the end of a long tiring day. Thanks!
    P.s. Do you have some cool Ukrainian / Russian recipes? I worked in Kazakhstan 20 years & traveled all over. Love the regional food! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 18, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Rosario Weiland
    October 6, 2018

    Genuinely impressed with this delicious salad. Thanks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 6, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Marlene
    September 21, 2018

    Made this today and delicious. Looking for great chicken recipes and this does it. Used Paul Newman s BBQ sauce Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2018

      Thank you for the awesome review, Marlene! Reply

  • Grace
    September 21, 2018

    Great recipe but possibly a little too sweet for European tastes. I used a savoury BBQ sauce (not honey), and half the amount of sugar, and it was still much sweeter than anything like this that we’ve had before. I will use this recipe again, just without the added sugar! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 22, 2018

      Thank you for your feedback, Grace. Reply

  • Cameran Brooks
    September 16, 2018

    Can I use frozen thin sliced chicken breasts instead of thawed? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 17, 2018

      Hi Cameran! haven’t tried this particular recipe with frozen chicken but have experimented with other recipes. You should be able to keep to the same timings – probably on the higher side of the timings (i.e. 7 hours on low). Once the chicken pulls apart easily with forks, it’s ready 🙂 Reply

  • Sarah Haynes
    September 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha, just wondering if you were to slow cook this in the oven, what temp and how long should you do it for? Sarah Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2018

      Hi Sarah, You can bake or cook it on the stovetop. I think it’s a little easier (hands off) and less time consuming in the oven. You can follow the baking instructions outlined in my sweet and spicy baked chicken post Reply

  • Sara
    September 10, 2018

    Hi, I’m thinking about doubling the recipe. How do you think that will affect the cook time? Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2018

      Hey Sara! That should work fine to double it as long as your slow cooker is large enough to fit everything. It will probably require a longer cook time though – I would aim for the higher end of the cook times (i.e. 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low) to check for doneness. Reply

  • Akia A Grant
    September 8, 2018

    Just started college and I want to thank you for posting such a delicious dish. Surprisingly it came oh so tasteful, Icant get enough. So simple Thanks again! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 8, 2018

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Akia! Thank you for the great review! Reply

  • Lee
    July 13, 2018

    I have two whole chickens that I would like to use for this recipe. Can I debone and remove the skin? Would this work? It is for a work potluck so could I make in advance and keep on warm for the morning? Reply

  • Corita
    July 8, 2018

    This was fantastic. Made a batch for a pot luck, everyone loved it. I did add a tiny bit of liquid smoke to the cooking liquid to start, otherwise followed recipe exactly. I also blended the onion with the oil, worst. sauce, and a little bbq sauce because I don’t have a grater, and it worked great! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2018

      That’s so great, Corita! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • TERRI DEMARIO
    June 23, 2018

    This looks so good! I have everything to make it too!! Could I use chicken tenders for this, instead of chicken breasts? If so, should I adjust the cook time?

    Thanks,
    Terri Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 23, 2018

      Hi Terri, I haven’t tried it with tenders just yet. We’ve had people try this recipe with thighs, pork etc. and loved the results. You may have to adjust the cooking time a bit but it should be pretty close. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

  • June 19, 2018

    Have made this several times in the last year and was devoured each time. I even make it a day or two before a camping trip, it makes for an easy and quick dinner for that first night. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review, Kim! Reply

  • Amy
    June 13, 2018

    Natasha! You have done it again! This is a keeper, easy and stress free recipe! It was a hit, and best thing with slow cooker, I get to run errands and the slow cooker cooks it for me and it tasted so so so good! Thank you Natasha, I hope you can come out with more slow cooker recipes, looking forward to it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 14, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Amy! Reply

  • Jenee Sharpe
    June 12, 2018

    This was so easy to make! Just prepped everything in the slow cooker before bed & shredded the chicken when I woke up in the morning! Made it for a work potluck & it was an absolute hit! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2018

      That’s so great, Jenee! It sounds like you have a new favorite, thank you for the awesome review! Reply

    • Anae
      July 3, 2018

      Hello, I want to double the recipe but I’m not really sure how I should do it. I’m afraid if I put double something, like the onion, Worcestershire, or sugar it may be too much and will completely over power the taste..let me know what you think! Thanks in advance(: Reply

      • Natasha
        July 3, 2018

        Hi Anae, if doubling the recipe, I would do at least 1.5 times the sauce – once you shred the chicken and return it to the pot, it soaks up most of the liquid. If you are concerned about the liquid, you can scoop some out before you return the shredded chicken back to the pot and then add it back in as needed. Reply

  • Erin
    June 2, 2018

    I’ve made this for my family of eight and it’s amazing. I’ll be making this next week in roasters for our oldest’s graduation party. I’m making enough for 180 people (just in case everyone invited shows up-we know many large families). I was going to to make 1/4 pound per person, but but I ordered regular hamburger buns just because Aldi is so cheap. Does three pounds fill just 8 buns or does it serve 8 people one or two sandwiches?
    Now to decide whether to slice 15 heads of cabbage or just buy bags of shredded cabbage-far less attractive! Reply

    • Natasha
      June 2, 2018

      Hi Erin, 3lbs made 8 generous sized sandwiches. Sounds like quite a party! so fun!! Reply

      • Erin
        June 26, 2018

        It was absolutely perfect for our party. I made three roasters full a few days ahead of time (about 60 .lbs of chicken) and mixed up the coleslaw dressing in mason jars to be mixed with cabbage as needed. My friends were amazing and kept the kitchen going smoothly. My son was so happy with the food at his party :). I love all of your recipes. Thanks for all your work, makes my life easier! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 26, 2018

          You’re welcome! Sounds like you had a feast! Reply

  • Shari M
    June 1, 2018

    Which onion is best for this recipe? Yellow onion? Reply

    • Natasha
      June 1, 2018

      Hi Shari, yes, we use a yellow onion. A white or sweet onion would work as well. Reply

  • Delilah
    May 20, 2018

    This was delicious. I made the mistake of using a whole chicken since it was for a neighborhood block party. It was a little too shredded since there will be children at the party & I had to make certain there were no bones left in it. It was still delicious. Next time I will use boneless. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 21, 2018

      Hi Delilah, it’s definitely easier with boneless :). I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Jim
    May 19, 2018

    I tried a variation of this today where I used a salsa verde sauce in place of Baby Rays and added some chopped green chiles. I used some of the pulled chicken mixture in some baked enchiladas. Yummy! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the recipe was a great success, sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your great review Jim! Reply

  • Mahta
    May 15, 2018

    I made this today and I think it’d be a great Fourth of July recipe. So excited I found Natasha’s Kitchen. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2018

      I’m glad you found my page and are enjoying the recipes Mahta! Thanks for following and sharing your great review! Reply

  • Wayne
    May 14, 2018

    Looks good! Was wondering, with my work schedule, if thighs were used and cooked on low for 12 hours. Would it still work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 15, 2018

      Hi Wayne, it would be very overcooked after 12 hours on low. It would be safer to set it to the time per the recipe and then allow the slow cooker to automatically switch to the ‘warm’ setting. Hopefully your slow cooker has that functionality. Reply

  • Catherine
    May 2, 2018

    Would this be able to be frozen? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2018

      Hi Catherine, I haven’t tried freezing but I think it would work 🙂 Reply

    • Gayle
      July 4, 2018

      I freeze this recipe all of the time. It is just my husband and me so we can’t eat the entire recipe alone. Well…we could but my waistline would protest. This recipe has become a “tried and true” recipe for us and I make a double batch every time and freeze it in plastic freezer bags that hold just enough for a dinner and lunch the next day. I love the flexibility of pulling it out of the freezer whenever we need a quick dinner. It’s so easy and oh so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing. Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        July 4, 2018

        Thank you for the wonderful review! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Alysha Guzman
    April 19, 2018

    Hi I want to make this for a group of 25 people. How can i adjust it? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 20, 2018

      Hi Alysha, it depends on what else is on the menu. If this is the the only meat, you might quadruple the recipe and use 2 slow cookers to get the job done :). Reply

  • Brittany
    April 13, 2018

    i cooked it on high for 3 to 4 hours and put it on low until my family came home.It is delicious and will make it again in the future Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 13, 2018

      I’m happy to hear your whole family enjoys the recipe Brittany! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Lisa
    April 9, 2018

    Great recipe! I cooked it on low for 8 hours and shredded the chicken rigut in the slow cooker at hour 7. Delish! We used the leftovers to make pulled chicken nachos! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 9, 2018

      I’m glad your family enjoys the recipe Lisa! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Sarah
    February 23, 2018

    If I were to cut this down so there wasn’t so much (I only need enough for 2) would I need to change the cooking time? I’m thinking only a pound for us instead of three. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 23, 2018

      Hi Sarah, If you are still using the same size crockpot, my only concern would be if you were to cut down the liquid, you would want it to be enough to cover the chicken so maybe cut the chicken in half lengthwise. It will probably cook faster if you do that – test it after 4 hours on low and turn it off when it shreds easily with 2 forks. Reply

  • Lara
    February 19, 2018

    I am looking to make this recipe this weekend for our Cub Scouts potluck. Was going to do sliders to help it stretch to more people but still thinking I want to double the recipe. So if I double the amount of chicken…do I need to double the amount of the other ingredients? I don’t want there to be too much liquid. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2018

      Hi Lara, I would do at least 1.5 times the sauce – once you shred the chicken and return it to the pot, it soaks up most of the liquid. If you are concerned about the liquid, you can scoop some out before you return the shredded chicken back to the pot and then add it back in as needed. I hope you all love it! Reply

  • Alika
    February 17, 2018

    I made this 2 days ago. The flavor was great. But it was so soupy. Next time I will cook chicken w/o the sauce and pour off the excess juice before adding the shredded chicken back to the crock pot. Then add the sauce and let it re-heat. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2018

      Hi Alika, if you shred the chicken, it soaks up most of the juice and makes the chicken really moist. It might be a good idea to remove some of the liquid if using less chicken and you can always add it back to taste and preference 🙂 Reply

  • Julia
    February 8, 2018

    Hi,
    Thank you for all your recipes, huge help for someone that knows nothing about cooking and can only follow your clear directions!!! just wondering if i could make this in instant pot? and what would be the time and pressure level?
    thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 9, 2018

      Hi Julia, I think that would be a great experiment but without testing it, I really can’t provide specific instructions. I love my instant pot, but things don’t always translate the way I hope they would to the instant pot. I will add it to my list, but if you experiment before I do, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Cathy Habegger
    February 4, 2018

    LOVE this pulled BBQ chicken recipe AND the creamy coleslaw! The coleslaw makes it. Period. It is just the best and I will make this as a side dish for other dinners I make. Thanks for such delicious gluten free recipes! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 4, 2018

      You’re welcome Cathy! I’m happy to hear how much you love this recipe. Thanks for following and sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Christie
    February 3, 2018

    This looks delicious, how could you do with with pork? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 3, 2018

      Hi Christie, it depends on the cut of pork you are using. We generally use this pulled pork recipe when using pork. Pork usually needs more time to tenderize. Reply

  • Beth
    February 3, 2018

    Could this be adapted to an Instant Pot? If so, how long would you set the time? Sounds so good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 3, 2018

      Hi Beth, I think that would be a great experiment but without testing it, I really can’t provide specific instructions. I love my instant pot, but things don’t always translate the way I hope they would to the instant pot. If you experiment before I do, let me know how it goes 🙂 Reply

  • vanessa
    January 31, 2018

    Have you ever cooked it the day before and then reheated in the crock-pot?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Venessa, it would work just fine to use crock-pot for reheating the next day. Reply

      • Nancy
        July 4, 2019

        If I make this a day ahead and need my slow cooker the next day for something else, what is the next best way to reheat the slow cooker pulled chicken? Reply

        • Natasha
          July 4, 2019

          Hi Nancy, You can reheat in a pan on the stove or in the microwave. Either way will work. This chicken does reheat well. Reply

  • Dawn M Leto
    January 30, 2018

    I make this all the time. I am on weight watchers..do you have an idea what the nutrition value for each serving? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Dawn! Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

      • Dawn M Leto
        January 30, 2018

        Thank you for helping me get the points for my daily points. Once I did the analyse it came to 5pts!!! Can’t wait to enjoy this tonight!! Yummy!! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 30, 2018

          You’re welcome Dawn! I hope you love it! Reply

  • LK
    January 23, 2018

    Can I make this on the stove instead of a crockpot? Reply

  • Erna
    January 20, 2018

    My husband and sons love this recipe! I’m loving it too, it doesn’t get any easier than this 😉 Thank you! Greetings from The Netherlands Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2018

      You’re welcome Erna! I’m glad to hear how much you both enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

  • Shannon
    January 7, 2018

    My family loves this recipe! Its one of our go-to dinners. Do you know if the cooking process can be adapted for an instant pot to speed up weeknight meals? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2018

      Hi Shannon, I haven’t tried it but one of my readers wrote the following: “I used my instapot and it was done in about 45 min. Start to finish. It was fantastic! Thank you for the recipe!” I hope this helps. Reply

  • Ashley M
    January 3, 2018

    Okay, love you so much for this recipe!! A co-worker and I had to plan a meal for about 35 people staying on our college campus over Winter Break, and we knew they’d want left overs to take home. We used your recipe and doubled it, then made 4 huge crock pots full!! It literally saved the event!! I would have been stressing out, unable to make any sides, but instead I was able to take my time and really focus on getting prepared.
    Also, let me just take a moment to explain how much people loved it: All of it was gone. People were piling the chicken onto their plates. When we ran out of buns, they just ate it plain. What a success!! Thank you so so much!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 3, 2018

      You’re welcome Ashley! I’m happy to hear how much everyone loves the recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Vicky
    December 11, 2017

    If i want to make half the recipe does the cooking time stay the same? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 11, 2017

      Hi Vicky, I think that would work to cut the recipe in half and I would suggest cooking on the lower end of the time frames listed in the recipe or until the chicken is easy to pull apart with forks. Reply

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