You already love pulled chicken, so why not try it in a slow cooker? Make this for a fun, tasty meal the entire family will want. Savor this tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken sandwich with ketchup-based sauce for lunch or dinner. This is one of our easiest crock pot recipes.
3 cups thinly sliced onion
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 3/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
8 (1.2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
How to Make It
Place onion a 4-quart oval electric slow cooker. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place chicken in a single layer on top of onion. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.
Combine ketchup and next 7 ingredients (through hot sauce); pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours until chicken is tender and sauce is thick.
Remove chicken from slow cooker. Shred chicken with 2 forks, and stir into sauce. Spoon 3/4 cup chicken mixture onto bottom of each bun; cover with bun tops.
Top this with some colorful tangy cole slaw, cheese, pickles, salsa, or even try a grilled pineapple ring for a unique twist. Serve with a side of chips, fries, greens, corn, or even a nice heirloom tomato salad.
I followed this recipe exactly and am trying to figure out how it got so many stars. The chicken was dry despite there being so much liquid in the crock pot. It smelled like Sloppy Joes; I was afraid it would taste that way too and my fears were confirmed when we sat down to eat. No one in my house ate it, thankfully I had a frozen pizza that I could pop in the oven because this was not good at all.
3.5 stars. I agree with the previous reviewer - the sauce was a bit watery. I'd also reduce the cooking time to 3 hours as I thought the chicken got a little too dry. I did enjoy the sauce. We made sliders with the chicken instead of one big burger. Served with an Asian style slaw. Would make again.
Made this last night - it was superb! Made it exactly as written, no substitutions and will make again and again. Served with a tomato, cucumber, red onion and avocado salad and potato salad. Absolutely delicious!
I found that the onions released too much water when cooked and therefore made a thin, watery sauce. Also, with the ketchup base and the onions, it doesn't really need any added sweetness from the molasses. I found it too sweet. If I made it again, I would cook onions and chicken without the sauce, strain when done, then toss with sauce.
Very tasty, and affordable ingredients if you already have molasses. Hadn't known it before, but molasses are what give bbq sauce its distinctive smell. You can sub molasses for bbq if you don't want to shell out $5 for a tablespoon of the stuff and possibly never use it again. Personally dislike bbq sauce, so I quartered the molasses. Also like things a bit more saucy, so next time I plan to double ketchup quantity. Recipe halves well for 3 and 2qt cookers. Thanks for this!