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.
Honey Chipotle Crockpot Pulled Chicken Ingredients
It’s a short list! Here’s everything you’ll need:
- chicken breast
- chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Walden Farms Pancake Syrup (or a sugar free pancake syrup)
- 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 instant pot sloppy joes recipe for an example of how well they can work together!
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!
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.
If you’re okay with having a few extra calories (not many), swapping chicken breast for chicken thighs makes a huge difference. You can stick to the script on this one and check out my pressure cooker Mexican chicken or chili coconut pressure cooker pulled chicken thighs next. And if you’re looking more minimal ingredient recipes like this one, check out my Firecracker Ninja Foodi chicken thighs or Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Instant Pot shredded chicken breast recipes.
All right, that’s it. Be sure to let me know what you think about this crockpot pulled chicken when you try it!
- 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
- 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.
- Flip the chicken a few times to fully coat both sides.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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 Information:Yield: 8 Servings Serving Size: 3 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 2gCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 27g
More Crockpot Recipes You Might Like
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. And you could always make my pressure cooker bbq pulled pork or crispy pork tenderloin carnitas in the crockpot. You can make breakfast bakes, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and all kinds of goodies with these!