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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Sweet, smoky, tangy, and slightly spicy – this Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken is made with chipotle peppers and juicy peaches.

    BBQ chicken sandwich with pickles

    This slow cooked BBQ pulled chicken is one I have been making for years, especially towards the tail-end of summer when you can get perfect, fresh, ripe peaches. And since it’s made in the slow cooker, you can set it up and leave it for a delicious meal at the end of a busy day.

    Liz holding up a BBQ pulled chicken sandwich.

    Ingredients

    • Chicken Breasts: Your chicken can be thawed or frozen, that’s part of the beauty of using a slow cooker. I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but thighs work well, too.
    • Onion: I used a white onion in my recipe, which has a light and mild flavor. You could also use a yellow or red onion.
    • Peaches: You can use fresh or frozen peaches for this recipe. During peach season, my family loves to pick fresh peaches. We keep frozen fruit in our freezer all winter long. Compared to canned, frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the height of their freshness, which means maximum nutrition for you and your family!
    • BBQ Sauce: Any barbecue sauce will work with this recipe, store bought or homemade. Depending on the sauce you choose, you can really make the recipe your own and focus in on a certain flavor profile (tangy vs spicy, etc.).
    • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: Chipotle peppers are dried and smoked jalapeño peppers typically used for seasoning. Adobo sauce is a popular sauce and marinade used in Mexican cooking.
    • Beer: An optional step, beer brings out the richness of the meat. As the alcohol evaporates in the slow cooker, it leaves behind amazing tasty flavors in the meat. For slow cooked meals like this one, any light or cheap beer will do the trick. No need to waste money on craft beer here! I personally like Modelo Especial.
    Liz slicing a white onion.

    How To Make Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    To start, prepare all of your ingredients! Slice your onion, slice your peaches (if using fresh), and mince your chipotle peppers.

    Liz adding peaches to slow cooker

    The order in which you add your ingredients doesn’t matter, since you’re going to mix it all up anyway, so go ahead and throw your prepared produce into your slow cooker.

    Onion peaches and adobo pepperss

    Add your barbecue sauce of choice, and give your ingredients a good stir.

    Salting chicken in slow cooker

    Place your chicken on top of the rest of your ingredients and season with a sprinkling of sea salt and pepper.

    Liz pouring beer

    You’ll add the beer last, if you choose. Again, this step is optional, but will help make your chicken really tender and flavorful.

    Stirring in adobo peppers

    Give it another good stir, then you’ll close the lid, and turn it on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours. You’re now free to set a reminder and walk away! Or, use a programmable slow cooker like this one.

    Liz shredding chicken.

    Once your chicken is done, you’ll take it out of the slow cooker for easy shredding. There are lots of tools and tricks out there on how to shred chicken, but I find that nothing works better than just using two forks.

    Slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken

    If you choose to serve your barbecue pulled chicken as a sandwich, here are some toppings I highly recommend:

    • Red onions
    • Cole slaw
    • Pickles
    • Shredded cheese

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can I make this recipe in the Instant Pot?

    Yes! Follow the same steps of adding all of your ingredients to the pot, then set it to cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Let the pressure manually release or use your quick release button, and then shred and enjoy!

    How can I store the BBQ chicken?

    This BBQ pulled chicken will last up to 5 days in the fridge if stored in an air-tight container, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

    What can I use to substitute the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce?

    You can use tomato paste instead.

    Recommended Sides

    Liz with BBQ chicken sandwich

    If you’ve never thought of using peaches in savory dishes, I urge you to give this slow cooker chicken a try. The sweet peaches provide the perfect balance to the smoky chipotles and tangy barbecue sauce.

    No forks required.

    Slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken

    Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    4 stars average
    Sweet, smoky, tangy, and slightly spicy – this Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken is made with chipotle peppers and juicy peaches.
    PREP: 5 mins
    COOK: 4 hrs
    TOTAL: 4 hrs 5 mins
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    Servings: 8

    Ingredients
     

    • 2 pounds chicken breasts (boneless skinless (thighs work well too))
    • 1 large onion (thinly sliced)
    • 2 cups sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
    • 1 cup barbecue sauce (homemade or store-bought)
    • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (minced)
    • 12 ounces beer (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker, chicken on top, and cook on Low for 8 Hours or High for 4 Hours.
    • Shred chicken with a fork before serving.

    Notes

    Serve on seedy rolls as a BBQ chicken sandwich with toppings of choice, or on top of brown rice or a baked sweet potato.
    Can also be made in the Instant Pot, manual pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 16.8gProtein: 23.3gFat: 1.6gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 609mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 12.8g
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    Liz DellaCroce

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    39 Comments

    1. I’m just wondering, could I make this with plums instead of peaches. I have a plum tree in the garden (and six apple trees) and we always have an abundance.

    2. What kind of beer would you recommend for this? I’m thinking a smokey porter would be good with the bbq flavor, but would you recommend something lighter?

    3. This looks amazing. The slow cooker bbq pulled chicken sure gives out a wonderful flavor. And I really love the addition of peaches in order to balance flavors.

    4. This sounds absolutely yummy, including Ali’s BBQ sauce. I found a recipe that I like for BBQ sauce but I’m going to have to try this one, too. This chicken would make a wonderful lunch (not big on sandwiches for dinner, usually).

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