Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Crockpot Pulled Chicken

I wanted to try making pulled chicken in the crock pot, so I perused a few recipes online to get a gameplan (specifically, how long to cook them and at what setting).  The end result was pretty good, but I have a tendency of throwing “a little of this, a little of that” into the pot and then having a flavor that’s a bit…off.  I’ll try to remember what the heck I did as best I can…

Crockpot Pulled Chicken

  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • ~3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ~1/3 cup ketchup
  • ~1/8 cup prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ~1 Tbls lime juice (forgot about this!)
  • A few dashes of cumin
  • ~1 tsp green Tabasco sauce
  • ~1 tsp red Tabasco sauce
  • ~1 Tbls brown sugar (I used Splenda)
  • (I tossed in a couple of dashes of curry powder, and I probably shouldn’t have)
  • chicken bouillion cube dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a few grinds of black pepper
I mixed the garlic and onion in the base of a crock pot and laid the chicken breasts on top.  In a bowl, I combined all the rest of the ingredients, whisked them, and poured the sauce on top of the chicken.  I set the crock pot on low and let it do its thang for about 6 hours.  Then I took two forks and tore it all up.
I made it ahead of time to eat a little at a time over a week or so.  It’d be great in wraps, tacos, soups, sandwiches, or on a salad
Next time, I think I might try the Occam’s Razor approach (my “little of this, little of that” habits can sometimes be a bit much) and just dump some chicken stock and a pack of fajita mix in there and see what happens.  I was going for a spicy Mexican-type taste and almost achieved it.  Also, I could go for some Italian flair and throw in some tomatoes and herbs.  I’ll definitely be visiting this concept again soon!


  1. I'm terrified to use my crock pot...because I don't know what to do with it. But this has inspired me to at least try something...

  2. Yay! Glad I might've pushed you toward using it some! One of my favorite (EASY) things to make in a crock pot is chili. You just dump a bunch of stuff in, and a few hours later, something amazing emerges! You can use meat or meat substitute, or just beans. If you Google "crockpot chili recipe," you'll find lots of 'em, or try allrecipes.com or recipezaar.com.

    I hope you decide to use it! It's not so scary once you try it!

  3. I'M A CROCK POT QUEEN! I love making recipes with my pot. Great meal you created. I think I ould love this over a salad or in a wrap!

  4. I love my crockpot too!! Also I have that same "little bit of this and little bit of that". I think meals taste better when you dont measure spices out

  5. Yum that looks so good. I just need to buy a crock-pot so I can cook this.

  6. @Nicci - now that I'm eating meat again, I find myself wanting to use the crock pot more. Tonight I'm going to try my Italian version of this, so we'll see how that goes!

    @Amanda - it's a good way of cooking if you're not trying to recall it later! I didn't have the foresight to write everything down as I did it, and as a result, here I am almost a week after I made that, dreaming up ingredients that I forgot to list (lime juice!!)

    @Randi - they really are handy little gadgets!!

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