Slow cooker pulled chicken served in buns

Slow cooker pulled chicken

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 6 hrs, 15 mins


Serves 8-10

Try this slow cooked smoky chicken as an easy alternative to pulled pork. It's best served in a bun or with rice, and makes a simple dish for a family meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cooked chicken only

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal398
  • fat17g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre3g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable or rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

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  • 10-12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs



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  • 2 red onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp paprika



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  • 2 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 250ml passata
  • 100g barbecue sauce
  • 1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced



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  • burger buns, taco shells, jacket potatoes or rice; coriander leaves; deseeded and sliced chillies, and guacamole, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the slow cooker to low and heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Brown the chicken in batches, transferring it to the slow cooker as you go. Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the onions for 5 mins, or until just softened, then stir in the garlic and paprika and cook for another minute. Tip into the slow cooker, then swirl 100ml water around the pan and pour this in as well.

  2. Add the chipotle, passata, barbecue sauce, sugar and lime juice, then season and stir. Cover and cook for 6-8 hrs until the chicken is really tender. Using two forks, shred the chicken through the sauce. Serve in buns, taco shells, jacket potatoes or over rice, with coriander leaves, chillies and guacamole, if you like.

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21st Jun, 2020
Really tasty! Made half the amount for 2 adults and 2 kids and plenty left over. Had in buns with coleslaw, jalapeños and potato wedges on the side (forgot to cook corn on the cob!). Will definitely make again.
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Karen Bayliss
8th Mar, 2020
Loved this. Followed instructions, served with rice and guacamole and it went down a treat. Will definitely add to our regular staples
8th Feb, 2020
This recipe is anasy and delicious crowd pleaser.
29th Jan, 2020
Delicious dish - simple and tasty; what more could you ask for! Kept well in the fridge as well, so got two tasty meals out of it. 100% Recommend.
5th Jan, 2020
Fantastic! Cooked this in slow cooker for 5 hours on medium (as that suited my schedule a bit better!). Didn't have chipotle paste, so used chilli powder instead and also used can tomatoes instead of passata. Had this with wholegrain rice, sprinkled with coriander and used a dollop of yoghurt on top. Bit hit!
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