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Crockpot Spicy Pulled Chicken Recipe

Make an easy dinner in the slow cooker! Crockpot Spicy Pulled Chicken has just 5 ingredients and is great alone or made into pulled chicken sandwiches!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $8


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts see note
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced thin
  • 18 ounces barbecue sauce use your favorite
  • 12 ounces chili sauce such as Heinz
  • 8 ounces root beer


  • If desired, use a crockpot liner (i.e. Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners) for easy cleanup.
  • Slice the onions into thin wedges. Place the onions in the bottom of the crockpot liner.
  • Place the chicken on top of the onions.
  • Mix remaining ingredients in a measuring cup or bowl. Pour over chicken. Cover crockpot.
  • Set on HIGH for 3 hours. After 2 hours, check the chicken temperature. Once it's at 165°F it's done cooking. (May only take 2 hours; mine is usually done after 2 hours but it depends on your slow cooker.)
  • Alternately, cook on LOW for 5-6 hours, checking after 4 hours to check the temperature of the chicken.
  • Shred chicken by pulling it with two forks. Serve alone, on a bed of rice, or make sandwiches with Hawaiian or other rolls.



  • If you want to use more chicken, you can use up to 2 pounds. Make sure breasts are uniform in size and place in a single layer or the cooking time will be affected.
  • How to avoid dry chicken in a crockpot: The key to making sure your chicken is done but not overdone and dry is to check the internal temperature after 2 hours on high. I know it's called a slow cooker but if you're using boneless breasts you really can't let them go that much longer or they'll be like rubber.
  • Cooking time will also depend on how much chicken, the size of your crockpot, and how big the breasts are.
  • You can shred your chicken with 2 forks by hand or place chicken breasts in a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (add a little chicken broth or the liquid from the slow cooker) and run the mixer until the meat is shredded.
  • Storage: Store leftover pulled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze leftovers for up to a month in the freezer.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2589mg | Potassium: 1085mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 898IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg