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Carolina BBQ Crockpot Shredded Chicken

A simple recipe for slow cooked shredded chicken with a Carolina-style tangy bbq sauce. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, shredded chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 132 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Mix everything together in a bowl or crockpot before adding the chicken. Flip the chicken a few times to fully coat both sides.

    chicken breasts in a crockpot
  2. Cover and cook on low for 1.5-2.5 hours or until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 165F. Be careful not to overcook or the chicken will be difficult to shred and rubbery. (You can cook on high, but the longer cook time will produce more flavorful chicken.) 

  3. 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.)

    shredded chicken in a bowl
  4. 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. 

  5. 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.) 

    carolina bbq sauce for shredded chicken
  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken, stir, and enjoy! 

    carolina bbq sauce over crockpot shredded chicken

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving has 0 Smart Points.
  • For an Instant Pot, cook the chicken on manual for 10-12 minutes with quick release pressure. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked before shredding. If you're using a Ninja Foodi, use similar cook times. You could also use the broil function like I used in my crispy bbq pulled pork recipe for crispy edges. 
  • 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 nutrition facts 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. 
Nutrition Facts
Carolina BBQ Crockpot Shredded Chicken
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.