This Zesty Pulled Chicken is a great twist on basic barbecue chicken. It’s as easy as adding frozen boneless chicken to your crock pot, topping it with the sauce ingredients, then let it slow cook.
Why I love this recipe
This shredded chicken is incredibly easy and delicious!
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(amounts are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)
boneless chicken breasts
Zesty Italian salad dressing (from a bottle)
light brown sugar
Equipment used in this recipe
How to make Zesty Pulled Chicken
Step 1 – Place the frozen boneless chicken in a 4 quart slow cooker Crockpot. Click for a 4 quart crockpot.
Step 3 – Pour the sauce ingredients over the chicken.
Step 4 – Cover and cook 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
Step 5 – Use a fork to shred the chicken in the pot then stir to coat completely.
Step 6 – Serve the zesty shredded chicken on the sandwich rolls.
There is a lot of debate about if it is safe or not to use frozen chicken in a slow cooker so if your worried about it, you can use thawed chicken. Quin Patton, a food scientist formerly with PepsiCo said, “It is safe to cook a frozen chicken in a slow cooker, you just need to make sure the internal temperature gets up to 165 degrees at some point during the cooking process.” I have personally never had any problems using frozen in any slow cooker recipe, but I can’t guarantee if you will or not so please make your own decision.
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This Zesty Pulled Chicken is a great twist on basic barbecue chicken. It's as easy as adding frozen boneless chicken to your crock pot, topping it with the sauce ingredients, then let it slow cook. We served it on a deli Ciabatta roll and with a dill pickle spear, tortilla chips and homemade Tomato Peach Salsa.
- 8 oz frozen boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Zesty Italian salad dressing (from a bottle)
- 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Place frozen boneless chicken in a 4 quart slow cooker Crockpot. Click here for a 4 quart crockpot.
- In a small bowl, whisk barbecue sauce, Zesty Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Pour sauce ingredients over chicken.
- Cover and cook 8 hours on low or 4 hours on High.
- Use a fork to shred the chicken in the pot then stir to coat completely.
- Serve zesty shredded chicken on sandwich rolls.
See recipe post for process photos.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 36g
Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
Hi, I’m Zona. My husband and I are empty-nesters and parents of one adult son. I have a passion for recipes and I share all the tips, tricks, and resources I can find (or create) to help you cook for two.
This recipe is also on my other site Zona’s Lazy Recipes and serves 4.