Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken

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Barbecue done the healthy way!

This recipe for Barbecued Pulled Chicken is as Easy as 1, 2, 3. Using the slow cooker method seals in moisture, making this one tasty SkinnyLicious sandwich.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken

This chicken recipe is both kid-friendly and easy to make, any time of the year!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 0.75 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs about 4 pieces
  • 2 cups chicken broth fat-free, low-sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 18 ounces barbecue sauce check out our recipe for Barbecue Sauce


  • Add chicken to the slow cooker, sprinkle on black pepper and pour broth over chicken. Cover and cook on high 4 hours, or low 6 hours, until chicken shreds easily.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove chicken, place in a roaster pan and shred. Add 1/4 cup of the chicken broth from slow cooker and pour barbecue sauce over chicken, coat well. Cover and heat 15-20 minutes. Serve on your favorite wheat bun or roll.


All chicken breasts or thighs can be used in place of half of each.
The nutritional data includes one bun.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 860mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker

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  1. This is THE BEST bbq chicken I have ever tasted!  And best of all, I dont feel guilty when I eat it, especially on whole wheat buns!

  2. This recipe is what we r making next week for our friends when they come over. They will love it! 3 of my best friends are also healthy eaters, so they'll be thrilled!

    1. I totally love how easy and delicious this is! But what is the nutrition info without the bun? I like to be accurate and I enjoy eating this over cauliflower rice!

      1. Janine, For one hamburger bun, the approximate data is: 150 calories, 0 saturated fat, and 28 carbs.

  3. Started a diet 1 week ago and enjoy all of your food. I have thyroid problems had a baby and need to lose some excess weight.

  4. This recipe is what we r making next week for our friends when they come over. They will love it! 3 of my best friends are also healthy eaters, so they’ll be thrilled!

  5. Love this recipe 🙂 was hungry for pulled pork but trying not to eat it so this worked out great.

  6. I made this for a food day at work this week and everyone loved it! They were all asking how it was made. Super easy recipe and taste so good!

  7. This is the first recipe I have tried from this website.. and I am SO glad I picked this! So easy to cook and to quote my husband, "better than restaurant quality"! That is saying a lot since he pretty much searches for new bbq places to eat at everywhere we go! SO DELICIOUS! Thank you!

  8. This is my fav. receipe. When I make this not only does my family enjoy it but there is enough for tomorrows lunch 🙂

  9. Holy cow! (Or, er, chicken…) This is amazing! Easy to whip up at the beginning of the week and have on hand for busy days when I'm too tired to cook. Definite thumbs up!

  10. I love this so much and make this a lot…but do you know the nutritional info without the bun? I usually eat it without the bun or with a Tumaros wrap! 🙂

    1. Hey Janine,

      So I did a rough estimation of the recipe without a regular hamburger bun and came up with this nutritional data: 209 calories / 6 g Fat / 1.5 g Saturated Fat / 0 g Trans Fat / 144 mg Cholesterol / 633 mg Sodium / 5 g Carbohydrates / 0 g Fiber / 19 g Sugar / 33 g Protein (Keep in mind that this information may not be 100% accurate, but it should be pretty close) Hope that helps! 🙂

  11. Thanks so much Erin! I love this site and all these yummy recipes. I made this 2 weeks ago and I am making it again this weekend. 70 lbs down! 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome! We love to hear that. Wow, that’s incredible! Good for you! Keep it up, girl!

    1. Hi Margaret, we use Freestyle points for our recipes. Points are calculated using all ingredients with the exception of any zero point ingredients.

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