How to Slow Cook Pulled Chicken

When it comes to simplicity nothing beats slow-cooked pulled (or shredded) chicken. Using a few pantry staples and the ubiquitous chicken breast you can whip together pull-apart tender chicken. Normally, shredded chicken is cooked for hours in smoker or over indirect heat, a process that requires constant attention. While this is a great way to spend a warm Saturday, most of us don’t have the time or equipment. Fortunately, though, you can make perfectly tender and tasty pulled chicken using your Suvie or a slow cooker.

Ingredients and Tools


  • 4-6 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)


  • Suvie or a slow cooker
  • A mixing bowl


Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Remove any skin and trim the excess fat. If the chicken breasts aren’t deboned leave the bone in until after the cooking process. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Suvie Instructions

Combine all the dry and wet ingredients in the Suvie protein pan. You can divide between two pans if necessary. Whisk to combine.

Add the chicken pieces and coat with the sauce.

Place in the upper right cooking zone.

Add water to the reservoir, enter the Slow Cook settings and cook.

Slow Cook Settings

Protein: High, 2 hours

Starch: 0 minutes

After the cook, remove the pan or pans.

Slow Cooker Instructions

Combine all the dry and wet ingredients in the slow cooker pot. Whisk to combine.

Add the chicken pieces and coat with the sauce.

Place the lid on the pot and Cook:

Low for 8 hours


High for 4 hours


Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pot or Suvie pan and place in a large bowl. Reserve the liquid for later. Remove and discard any bones.

Shred the chicken with two forks.

Using a ladle or a large spoon add some of the sauce to the shredded chicken.

Add as much sauce as you like and gently mix to combine.

Recipes to try

Pulled Chicken Sliders

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Taco Bowl


Do I need to use the same ingredients?

Nope, we’ve included a recipe as a guide but feel free to experiment. In general, a combination of sweet and acidic notes should do the trick. We’ve included few more pulled chicken recipes above to get you started.

Can I use bone-in chicken pieces?

Of course! This technique will work with boneless and bone-in chicken pieces, just make sure you remove the bones before shredding and serving.

Can I use chicken thighs?

You can, if you want a richer flavor and firmer texture this recipe will also work with chicken thighs.

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