Crockpot Pulled Chicken

This recipe is long overdue for an appearance on the here. I think I made it the first time about a year ago. Hubby and I had a can of chipotles in the fridge that we had opened for another recipe so I set out to find something to use them up. Since that first time, we’ve made this recipe probably 8-9 times. Everyone who has had this chicken loves it. And I love how easy it is to make – gotta love the crockpot doing all the hard work!

Be warned, if you’re a spice wimp like me, this might be a smidge on the spicey side for you. For everyone else, it’ll be amazing though. That’s the chipotles for you!

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Crockpot Pulled Chicken

Yield: 8-10

Ingredients:

1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
2-3 chipotle chiles in adobo, finely minced
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. sweet or smoked paprika
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp dry mustard
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts, trimmed of fat
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

Stir tomato sauce, chiles, vinegar, honey, paprika, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili powder and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker until smooth. Add chicken, onion and garlic; stir to combine.

Put the lid on and cook on low until the chicken can be pulled apart, about 5-6 hours.

Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with a fork. Return the chicken to the sauce, stir well and serve.

Recipe as seen on Apple A Day, originally from Eating Well

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16 Responses to “Crockpot Pulled Chicken”

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    Megan — February 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I am obsessed with your crockpot chicken tacos and am sure this is going to be another favorite crockpot chicken recipe in our house!

    P.S. I had a cake craving last night and jumped on your blog to look up cupcake recipes… you have 101 cupcake recipes?!!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Yea… about those cupcakes. I went through a phase at the beginning of my blog. And I’ve been blogging 3.5 years, so that’s really only about 30/year…

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    Funandfearlessinbeantown — February 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I think I would LOVE this recipe! Bret loves pulled chicken and I love slow cooker recipes!

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    CasualDish — February 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yum, my husband would totally love this!!

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    Evan @swEEts — February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Sounds delicious and perfect for leaving in the pot before work and coming home to wonderfully cooked chicken. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Christina — February 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love this kind of stuff. We had beef dip sandwiches last night. SO GOOD. I bet we’ve love this too!

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    Julie — February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds delicious, but I’m sure I’d have to just add one of those chiles :)

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    Kate W — February 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Yay! I love Pulled chicken sandwiches, I’m so glad you shared this recipe.

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    Katie — February 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Nothing bad about pulled chicken. Nothing. Love all the flavors that the chicken was simmering in. Bet this was awesome!

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    Lindsay — March 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    This is the first time I’ve seen someone else use an Eating Well recipe! I like. :) Also, this chicken looks fabulous and easy….nice work.

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    Kristen Llobrera — March 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    These look awesome and so easy to make! I love spicy pulled chicken and I love anything that you can just throw in the crockpot. Can’t wait to try them!

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    Judith — March 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    My husband and I made this last night for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nona — May 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing this? I dont eat meat, but I am thinking about making this for my husband but there is no way he could eat a whole pot to himself.

    • beantownbaker — May 7th, 2012 @ 10:10 am

      Like most crockpot meals, this meat freezes just fine. I like to portion it out into individual sized portions prior to freezing so you can just grab one and go.

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    Julia — November 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hi! I made this last year and it was a huge hit. I want to make it again for a holiday pot luck, but when I looked at the recipe today, it seemed to have the directions listed twice, and no ingredient amounts. I was able to find the recipe at eating Well, but wanted to let you know that there may be something wrong here.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      Thanks for the update. I am fixing the post now. Glad this recipe was a success for you!

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