Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Season is in high gear! For those of you that will do anything to beat the heat I have the perfect solution for you!  Do you Love BBQ meat? Do you hate sitting in the heat Grilling and Smoking for hours around the Grill? Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken is your perfect solution!Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ Perfect for big gatherings! Beat the heat of the grill or the oven and make this super easy meal in your slow cooker.

You won’t miss the grill for this recipe!  I can guarantee that no one will be able to tell that this wasn’t smoked all day on the grill.  The slow cooker makes the chicken so juicy and fall apart it almost pulls itself.  With a homemade BBQ seasoning and little help from your favorite brand you have the most delicious BBQ Chicken Sandwich this Side of the Mississippi!

Depending on which side you live on….. this basically means it’s the bestest Ever!  You will love Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches all year long.

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ Perfect for big gatherings! Beat the heat of the grill or the oven and make this super easy meal in your slow cooker.


You will love how thick and rich the sauce is.  There is a special ingredient that really pops the flavor.  In my Post Last Monday, I told you how my Husband is a Craft Brewer.  {Check out the Nanobrew Fest we served at} I used his really tasty Amber Ale.  Since you can’t go into my Basement and get a pint or two, I suggest using any beer that you prefer.  Thicker and darker is better than a Light Beer, just for the flavor and body.

If you want to skip the beer all together then just use Chicken Broth as a substitute.

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ~ The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen ~ Perfect for big gatherings! Beat the heat of the grill or the oven and make this super easy meal in your slow cooker.You are going to love this recipe and I just know that you will make this over and over again!  It’s perfect for a crowd.  If you are already out in the heat grilling up and you just think that you need more to serve your hungry bunch, then throw this in the Slow Cooker in the morning!

Not Summer anymore? Is it freezing cold outside as you are reading this?  Are you craving some good ole fashioned BBQ? The Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are just for you!!

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


  • 3 large skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked salt {optional}
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp each onion and garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 12 oz Amber Ale {or beer of choice} {substitute chicken broth}
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 8 tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 6-8 onion buns or buns of choice


  1. place chicken in slow cooker
  2. in a small bowl combine all the seasonings
  3. mix them up
  4. sprinkle over chicken
  5. slowly pour beer on the sides of the chicken try not to knock off the seasoning
  6. let foam come down
  7. add the bbq sauce
  8. cover and cook on high for 2.5 hours
  9. take chicken out and shred with 2 forks
  10. place back in slow cooker
  11. combine cornstarch and water to make a slurry
  12. if juices are boiling in the slow cooker you can add and cover for 30 min
  13. if you want it faster:
  14. after you shred place in a large sauce pan and the juice from the slow cooker all of it
  15. add the slurry and boil while stirring for 10 min to thicken
  16. Enjoy!
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I have 19 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. That chicken looks so good and juicy! My son just started soccer so I’m in need of more crockpot recipes. This would be the perfect dinner to come home to after practice!
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  2. Looks great, I’m always looking for more crockpot recipes, we have been SO busy this summer that I feel like I don’t have much time to work on dinner so the slow cooker is perfect.
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  3. oh YUM! Nothing is better than a great pulled pork sandwich!
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  4. I seriously need this sandwich…like now…for breakfast. :)
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  5. I made pulled pork for the first time a month ago, and I used beer in my version. It adds so much! Beer with meat in general is an amazing pairing (it tenderizes meat perfectly.) I want to try pulled chicken next so I am so happy you posted this (also, those buns look divine!)
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  6. I have relatives visiting from out of town this weekend and this would be such a delicious and easy meal to prepare! I love that you used onion buns, too! Holy yum!
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  7. Oh wow this looks delicious and I love that i’s made in the crock pot. What a fabulous twist with the beer! Gorgeous shots!
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  8. Love me some pulled chicken and on the onion buns, it looks perfect.
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  9. Looks delicious! Its the sauce that gets me every time!
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  10. I’m so hungry right now and this is making it worse! These sandwiches sound amazing. The buns look like Arby’s buns, and their sandwiches are my guilty pleasure. Thanks for joining us for the Wednesday Showcase!
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