BBQ pulled chicken is an easy recipe that uses only a few ingredients. Make this chicken recipe in your slow cooker or electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot).
What Cut Of Chicken To Use
Since this is a pulled chicken recipe, it’s best to use boneless, skinless chicken whether it be breasts or thighs. Personally, I like to use chicken breasts so the recipe is written as such. Having said that, of course dark meat works just as well. If you do use dark meat, you don’t need to make any adjustments to the cook time.
Choosing a BBQ Sauce
Grab your favorite BBQ sauce! The sauce really makes or breaks the recipe in my opinion. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, use whatever sauce you want. I tend to use my homemade slow cooker/electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) BBQ sauce. It’s both paleo and whole30 compliant. If you’re following a low-carb lifestyle, G Hughes is my go-to store bought brand.
Homemade Italian Salad Dressing Mix
Ditch the store-bought dry Italian salad dressing mix! One of the three ingredients in this recipe is a Italian dry salad dressing seasoning. Making your own is so much healthier and you probably have all the spices in your pantry. Unlike most recipes for dry Italian salad dressing, my version does not include sugar which makes is low-carb, paleo, and whole30 compliant. While I encourage you make your own homemade seasoning rather than using store-bought, I won’t judge if you do. Yes, I know this technically makes this recipe more than 3 ingredients.
Dry Italian Salad Dressing Mix
2 teaspoons oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
What else can you add to this? Suggestions include adding a teaspoon of liquid smoke or Worcestershire sauce to the BBQ sauce (depending on the sauce you use).
Other BBQ recipes you might enjoy:
If you’re making this in the slow cooker, do not add any liquid outside of the BBQ sauce. The water is only needed for the Instant Pot.
How To Serve This
Do you put slaw on your pulled chicken sandwich or eat it as a side? I like to add mine on top. My avocado slaw recipe is my go-to accompaniment for this pulled chicken recipe. If you’re paleo, whole30, or low-carb, ditch the bun & serve this plated or on lettuce wraps.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken VIDEO:
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups BBQ sauce
- 2 tbsp Italian salad dressing seasoning (see blog post for homemade)
- 1/3 cup low-sodium water (for pressure cooker)
- Salt & pepper to taste
Season chicken with salt & pepper.
- Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
- Shred chicken.
Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)
- Pour the into the pressure cooker. Add the chicken.
- Sprinkle the Italian salad dressing mix on top of chicken. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken. Do not stir.
- Close lid and seal vent. Cook high pressure, 10 minutes. Natural release 10 minutes then quick release remaining pressure.
- Shred chicken.
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