I have always loved eating classic pulled pork with barbecue sauce but did you know that chicken has less calories and fat than pork? I started fixing Crock-Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken a few years ago and it has become a favorite dinner of mine as a busy mom. This easy recipe is great for pot-lucks, family meals for busy weeks, or even just as a snack!
My husband and I recently loaded our freezer up on 40 pounds of fresh chicken from Zaycon Foods (read about it here) and I have been searching for some new recipes as well as some old favorites. With two toddlers keeping me busy, this recipe is perfect! I can just set the chicken in the crock pot to cook as we go about our day, shred and add barbecue at dinner time and voila…dinner is served!
- 3-4 lbs of chicken breasts
- 1-2 cups of water
- 1 bottle of barbecue sauce
- Turn the crockpot on high.
- Add chicken breasts and cover with water.
- Cook for 4-6 hours, until the chicken is pulling apart and thoroughly cooked. A 5 quart Crock-Pot full of frozen chicken breasts took about 5 hours.
- Remove chicken from the crock pot and drain water.
- Use a fork or a food processor to shred the chicken (note: the food processor is way faster!)
- Add your favorite barbecue sauce and stir. Taste test to ensure you have enough sauce and add more if necessary.
- Serve the chicken by itself or add to a bun or bread to create a sandwich and ENJOY!
Tips and tricks:
Add spices while cooking the chicken in the crock pot – you may not notice the flavor much after adding your BBQ sauce but it will make the house smell amazing!
Some people like to have their chicken (or pork) finely shredded and some like to leave bigger chunks – try it both ways and see which you like best! If you prefer chunks, it may be best to shred by hand or fork.
When adding BBQ sauce to the chicken, it may be easier or faster to put the chicken and barbecue into a to-go container and shake it rather than stir it around with a fork or spoon.
Add a little brown sugar in as you mix in the sauce for bit of sweetness. If you do not like yours sweet, you can also play with other spices as well.
Make a portion of the chicken with one type of BBQ and a portion with another type of BBQ for variety or different taste preferences in your household.
If you are eating low carb meals, skip the bun or use half a bun!