Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken

Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken

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This 5-ingredient honey chipotle crockpot pulled chicken perfectly balances sweet and spicy in a recipe that’s perfect for meal prep or feeding a crowd. You can use it in everything from sandwiches, wraps, and even pizzas to salads or on its own with sides. 

I’ve included recipes for a low fat ranch spread that’s great on sandwiches as well as a pan fried broccoli and Southwest sweet potato salad. 

crockpot pulled chicken on a baking sheet with pictures of a chicken sandwich and plated veggies below

Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken Ingredients

It’s a short list! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  1. chicken breast
  2. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  3. honey
  4. Walden Farms Pancake Syrup (or a sugar free pancake syrup) 
  5. reduced sugar ketchup 

That might look like a weird combo at first glance but just trust me. If you’re especially curious of pancake syrup and ketchup, look no further than my sloppy joes recipe for an example of how well they can work together! 

honey chipotle pulled chicken sandwich on a plate

What to Serve with Your Honey Chipotle Chicken

If you’re a sandwich lover, this chicken is great with a low fat ranch spread. Here’s what I used in the photo above (makes enough for two sandwiches): 

  • 1/4 C (56g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Light Mayo
  • 2-3 tsp Ranch Seasoning 

Mix it up and you’re done! 

southwest sweet potato salad on a plate with honey chipotle chicken and broccoli

Another option I’d highly recommend is my Southwest Sweet Potato Salad. It’s a spicy spin on the classic creamy potato salad with corn, black beans, and diced jalapeño. If you’re having a green veggie like broccoli, this is the perfect starchy compliment. 

Speaking of broccoli, I made a simple pan fried broccoli for this recipe’s photos. Simply microwave frozen broccoli, drain, and cook in a hot skillet with half a tablespoon of olive oil and your choice of seasoning. Salt and pepper are hard to beat here. 

Final Crockpot Pulled Chicken Recipe Notes

Be sure to take note of the amount of chipotle peppers you use. If you use the entire can, this honey chipotle chicken will pack a punch. A half can is quite mild in my opinion, but I’ve been accused of loving my spice in the past. 

honey chipotle crockpot pulled chicken on a baking sheet

And that’s about it. Be sure to let me know what you think about this crockpot pulled chicken when you try it!

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honey chipotle crockpot pulled chicken on a baking sheet
4.65 from 14 votes

Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken

A 5-ingredient recipe for honey chipotle pulled chicken. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 165 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 7 oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce using half the can for spice sensitive
  • 1/4 C (84g) Honey
  • 1/4 C (60mL) Walden Farms Pancake Syrup or sugar free pancake syrup
  • 1/4 C (68g) Reduced Sugar Ketchup


  1. Add everything but the chicken to a food processor or blender. If you're sensitive to spice, use half the can of chipotle peppers. Blend until smooth and add to the crockpot with the chicken. 

    honey chipotle sauce for chicken in a blender
  2. Flip the chicken a few times to fully coat both sides.

    honey chipotle crockpot pulled chicken in a crockpot before cooking
  3. Cover and cook on low for around 2 to 2.5 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165F. Be careful not to overcook or the chicken will be difficult to shred. (You can cook on high, but the longer cook time will produce more flavorful chicken.) 

    honey chipotle crockpot pulled chicken after cooking
  4. 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.)

    honey chipotle pulled chicken after cooking in a crockpot
  5. 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. 

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving has 3 Smart Points.
  • 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 wanted to make the chicken crispy, you could use the broiler like I used in my pineapple chipotle chicken tostadas recipe. 
Nutrition Facts
Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 27g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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A new recipe on the blog, my Carolina BBQ Crockpot Shredded Chicken is super easy to make, too. If you like the tangy, mustard-ey barbecue, you’ll love this recipe. There’s a spicy white coleslaw that elevates any sandwich inside the recipe as well. 

shredded chicken sandwich on a plate with fries

And you could always make my Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas in the crockpot. You can make breakfast bakes, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and all kinds of goodies with this one!

tacos made with instant pot carnitas

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11 thoughts on “Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken”

  • Thanks Mason! Can’t wait to try this one! What meat thermometer do you use? Mine just died and looking for a recommendation!

  • Looking forward to making this in the IP. 2 questions, do you reduce the sauce in the IP and do you let the chicken rest in the IP for and hour like the crockpot?


    • I found that I didn’t need to reduce the sauce after letting the shredded chicken rest in it, but the Instant Pot may be a bit different. I’d let it rest in the IP for about the same time and then if you need to thicken the sauce, pull the chicken out, turn it on the sauté function, and heat until thick before adding to the chicken. Hope that answers your question!

      • I’m afraid it’s also not available for me… maybe I could add roasted paprika and a bit of cumin to the tomato sauce? Thank you so much for your reply and for your recepies! My family never believe me when I tell them I eat in a deficit because your recepies taste amazing (which can be hard while also being macro friendly), they all love it!

  • Gonna try this soon! I’ve got half a can of chipotle peppers in adobo (left over from making the pineapple chipotle chili last night) so I’ll use it for this, plus add some other hot sauce to kick it up (love spice but don’t want to use a new can or I’ll still have 1/2 a can left over).

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