Sunday, September 9, 2012

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

I've been breaking out the slowcooker quite a bit lately.  It's been making meals come together really quickly.  Last week I made BBQ Pulled Chicken.  The plan was to make Pulled Pork but when I couldn't find a Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder at the grocery store that I was happy with, I decided to make Pulled Chicken instead using a combination of chicken breasts and chicken thighs.*

*Heads up: Notice how Chicken Thighs on the bone with skin are always super cheap? I bought them and trimmed off all the fat then threw the thighs on the bone in the slow cooker.  Once it was ready to shred, the meat just fell right off the bone.

This is a simple recipe that I know I will use over and over again.  And this meat made enough meat for 4 different recipes plus tons of leftovers!

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats via Pioneer Woman
4 large skinless chicken breasts
4 bone-in skin removed chicken thighs
salt and pepper
1 large sweet onion
4 chipotle peppers in adobo + 2 tablespoons of sauce
1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
20 ounces of Cherry Dr. Pepper
Cut onion in quarters and place in crockpot.  Add chicken pieces to the bottom of the dish.  Season with lots of salt and pepper.  Add chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, BBQ sauce, brown sugar and Dr. Pepper.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove chicken pieces from crock pot and shred then place back in slow cooker until ready to serve.

In the upcoming days I'll post the recipes of what I did with all this chicken:

Pulled BBQ Chicken Tacos with Cherry Peach Salsa
Pulled Chicken and Cherry Peach Quesadillas
Pulled BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cherry Peach Salsa
Pesto, Nectarine and BBQ Pulled Chicken Pizza with Monterey Jack Cheese

I love making a protein like this that I can use in several meals throughout the week!  All the recipes I made resemble each other but we never felt like we were eating the same thing each night.  And dinner came together quickly because the main part was already done!


  1. Could you not be so delicious !
    I am always eating eating eating , all the time !
    and I decided to make Pulled Chicken instead using a combination of chicken breasts and chicken thighs
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  2. I must get a slow cooker so I can make this!

  3. Cherry Dr. Pepper -- that's really interesting! I haven't pulled out my slow cooker yet (something about temps in the 90s is holding me back, ha) but when I do I will have to give this a try -- love pulled chicken and pork!

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