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Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken

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How often do you use your slow cooker? I don’t remember my mother ever using a slow cooker, except to keep food warm at dinner parties. Isn’t it funny what you remember from your childhood and what you forget? Obviously, I never used one while my kids were growing up, I just didn’t know what I was supposed to do with it…..

shredded barbecue sauce covered chicken in a blue bowl sitting on a woven straw placemat

Which would explain why this Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken comes seven months after my Slow Cooker Lasagna, lol

When my kids were growing up, I would bake the chicken in the oven and toss it with barbecue sauce to create these delicious sandwiches…..

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches topped with Apple Coleslaw sitting on a parchment paper lined cutting board with chips and a bottle of Corona in the background

but I have to say, the slow cooker version was much easier!! I was busy looking through boxes last weekend and didn’t want to “keep an eye on dinner”, so it was slow cooker to the rescue. 🙂

How to make Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken:

Pour the barbecue sauce, bourbon, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce into the pot and stirred it all together…..

Slow Cooker Barbecue Shredded Chicken mix cookingwithcurls.com

Then I added my chicken – I used 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless thighs & 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless breasts, but starving college students can use all chicken breasts ;)…..

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken add cookingwithcurls.com

Mix it together to coat the chicken, put on the lid and set it for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 6 to 8 hours on LOW…..

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I checked to see if the chicken would pull apart at 3 1/2 hours, and it was ready!!! Simply shred the chicken using two forks…..

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken shred cookingwithcurls.com

Toss it back into the barbecue sauce and stir to thoroughly coat with sauce…and voila’…dinner is almost ready.

To make Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches:

Toast Hamburger Buns, then top with Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken and Apple Coleslaw…..

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken assemble cookingwithcurls.com

and serve with lots of napkins!! 🙂

Notes:

  • I created this recipe with college kids in mind, so I used my favorite store bought Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce. If you would prefer to make your own at home, just click on the link.
  • Why did I add bourbon? I kept coming across recipes calling for Italian dressing, but I wasn’t looking to add an additional flavor, I just wanted to enhance it. 😉
  • If you do not want to use alcohol {or are too young to purchase it}, substitute your favorite sauce or try this Tangy and Sassy Barbecue Sauce.
  • A little trick….pour the bourbon into the empty barbecue sauce jar and swirl it around to get every last drop…..

more delicious slow cooker recipes:

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef

Adobo Slow Cooker Chicken

Simple Pot Roast with Carrots and Squash

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lemon-Rosemary Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Enjoy!!

shredded barbecue sauce covered chicken in a blue bowl sitting on a woven straw placemat

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken

This super easy to prepare Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken will become a family favorite!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, recipe, barbecue, sauce, sandwich, easy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard I used country-style
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • cup bourbon whiskey
  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (I used 1 1/2 pounds breasts & 1 1/2 pounds thighs)

Instructions

  • Stir barbecue sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire together in the bowl of a slow cooker.
  • Add the chicken, stir to coat.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and mix with barbecue sauce.
  • Use to make sandwiches or pizza.

Notes

Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce recipe
To make sandwiches: Toast 6 Hamburger Buns, top with shredded barbecue chicken and Apple Coleslaw.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 544mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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