Carolina BBQ Crockpot Shredded Chicken
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Crockpot shredded chicken is one of the most useful healthy meal prep recipes around. You can use it in salads, by itself with veggies, or on some of my favorite recipes—nachos, fries, sandwiches, tacos, and more.
This version puts a spin on Carolina BBQ for slightly sweet and tangy chicken that’s loaded with flavor without the carbs and calories. I’ve also included a spicy white coleslaw recipe that goes perfectly with this crockpot shredded chicken.
How to Make This Crockpot Shredded Chicken
This recipe is crazy simple. Mix a handful of ingredients together and add to a crockpot with two pounds of chicken, cook, shred, thicken the sauce, and you’re done!
You can make this Carolina BBQ chicken in a crockpot or in an Instant Pot (notes in the recipe card for this method).
Carolina BBQ Sauce Ingredients
If you didn’t know, I’m from Arkansas—smack dab in the middle of Texas and Memphis BBQ country. So, I’m no expert in Carolina-style BBQ sauce. But I love the flavor combos, and this is my take on it.
Here’s everything you’ll need aside from a few spices:
- Yellow Mustard
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Swerve Brown (or a brown sugar substitute)
These ingredients will be the only liquid you cook your chicken in. And after the chicken cooks, the recipe calls for reducing the remaining liquid to create a thicker sauce like you see in the photo above.
What is Swerve Brown?
Swerve Brown is a zero-calorie, non-glycemic substitute for brown sugar. I use their powdered sugar substitute in all kinds of recipes on my blog, and love their brown sugar all the same. If you don’t have any, you can use real brown sugar, another substitute, or maybe even something like Walden Farms Pancake Syrup in its place.
The Spicy White Coleslaw
If you’re going to make sandwiches with your crockpot shredded chicken, this slaw is a must try.
- 12 oz bag of Tri-Color Coleslaw or Broccoli Slaw Mix
- 1/2 C (113g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 2 Tbsp (30mL) White Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Swerve, stevia, or granulated sugar substitute
- 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Ground Mustard and Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Salt
Mix everything together before tossing with the cole slaw mix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors develop and serve chilled.
Final Recipe Notes
If you’re wondering about the fries in all the photos you see, check out my Wingstop Fries or Nacho Fries recipes for ideas on air frying or baking plain potatoes for healthier fries. You might also like this chicken on top of my low calorie pizza crust.
For the fries in the photo above, I made air fryer fries and topped them with the shredded chicken and shredded mozzarella cheese. Then drizzled Greek yogurt mixed with additional bbq sauce on top with sliced pepperoncinis.
Okay, that’s about it! I’ve included notes on cooking this chicken in an Instant Pot in the recipe card below. If you have any additional questions, drop a comment at the bottom of this post.
Be sure to let me know what you think about this crockpot shredded chicken when you try it! Take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff. Or you can join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.
Carolina BBQ Crockpot Shredded Chicken
A simple recipe for slow cooked shredded chicken with a Carolina-style tangy bbq sauce.
- 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- 1/4 C (60g) Yellow Mustard
- 1/4 C (60g) Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 C (60g) Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp (30g) Hot Sauce I used Valentina's
- 1/2 C (96g) Swerve Brown Sugar or light brown sugar
- 1 tsp Ground Mustard
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
Mix everything together in a bowl or crockpot before adding the chicken. Flip the chicken a few times to fully coat both sides.
Cover and cook on low for 1.5-2 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165F. Be careful not to overcook or the chicken will be difficult to shred and rubbery. (You can cook on high, but the longer cook time will produce more flavorful chicken.)
After the chicken is cooked, shred it with two forks or use a stand mixer with a flat beater attachment. (You can also chop the cooked chicken with a knife.)
Set the crockpot to its keep warm function and add the chicken back to the crockpot. Let the chicken rest in the juices for an additional hour.
Remove the chicken and add the sauce to a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 4-5 minutes. (If you're using an Instant Pot, use the sauté function.)
Pour the sauce over the chicken, stir, and enjoy!
For an Instant Pot, cook the chicken on manual for 12-16 minutes with quick release pressure. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked before shredding.
If you'd like to double or triple the recipe adjust the cook time by 30-90 minutes accordingly.
- Recipe makes about eight 3-ounce servings. For accuracy, you can weigh your chicken after cooking and divide by 8 to find the exact weight of each serving. For more info, check out my guide to using a food scale for tracking macros.
- The carbs include the carbs from Swerve Brown. Even though it's zero-calorie, non-glycemic, I include the carbs on the label. This means each serving has 14g of carbs but 2g net carbs. Track whichever you'd like.
More Healthy Crockpot Recipes You Might Like
My Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas can easily be flexed to work in the crockpot and happen to be one of my favorite recipes of all time. You can make breakfast bakes, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and all kinds of goodies!
And my slow cooker chipotle chicken chili is a massive recipe that will feed the whole family several times over.