Slow cooked pulled chicken recipe

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Learn how to make delicious slow cooked pulled chicken with our easy recipe. This BBQ pulled chicken is perfect served in buns with salad in the summer

Good to Pulled Chicken
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 5 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories307 Kcal15%
Fat7 g10%
Saturated Fat5 g25%

This mouth-watering slow-cooked pulled chicken is really easy to make and perfect for finishing off on the BBQ. This recipe serves 6 people, and takes about 5 hours for the meat to cook. As it does, the meat absorbs the rich and delicious flavours from the sticky BBQ marinade. Serve your pulled chicken in soft white buns with freshly prepared salad or coleslaw. Our pulled chicken recipe is just as good as pulled pork - maybe even better! Once you've perfected this recipe you'll want to make it every summer when the barbecue comes out to play.

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  • Small chicken, about 1.25-1.5kg (2¾–3lb)
  • 6-8 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • Baps, sliced tomato and coleslaw, to serve




  1. Place the chicken in the slow-cook pot. Set the pot to a medium/high heat, and cook the chicken for 4-5 hours, or until the juices run clear when the flesh is pierced with a skewer.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot, take the skin off and then pull the flesh off the bones — it should be so tender, this will be easy to do.
  3. Stir the chicken into the barbecue sauce and serve in baps with sliced tomatoes and a little extra sauce drizzled over, if liked. Serve with coleslaw.
Top Tip for making Slow cooked pulled chicken

This recipe is best cooked in a slow-cook pot, but if you don’t have one, cook the chicken in a covered casserole dish in the oven on the lowest setting, for 3-5 hours (time will vary depending on the oven).

Food & Recipes writer

Sue McMahon is a former Food and Recipes Writer at GoodTo and Cooking Editor at Woman's Weekly. Her primary passion is cakes and Sue regularly travels the world teaching cake decorating. Her biggest achievement to date was winning the Prix d’honneur at La Salon Culinaire International de Londres beating over 1,200 other entries.