Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Moist, juicy, flavorful chicken that literally shreds itself! This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is the best I’ve ever tasted….no barbecue sauce needed!!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not much of a football fan….or a sports fan, in general. It probably stems from the fact that I didn’t really play sports as a kid, and because of that, I have very little understanding of the rules or intricacies of the game. Any game, really…but football, especially. And yet, I LOVE having people over to watch the games! For the food (naturally)….!

So when we were getting together with some friends for this past weekend’s game, I knew I wanted to make something delicious. Something different. Something that would make everyone happy. And shredded chicken came to mind! I’ve never really made shredded chicken, except to use in tacos….but I remembered a shredded pork recipe I made once, long ago, that Jorden loved! I pulled it out on game day, threw the ingredients in the slow cooker, and gave it a go. Hours later, I tasted it. And….it tasted NOTHING like how I remembered it!

At this point, I started to panic a bit. The game was just about to start and there was no way I was starting over on this chicken! Or giving up. Nope….instead, I started searching and measuring and dumping and stirring and tasting and…..voila! Suddenly it all came together, and it was AMAZING!! The best shredded chicken I’ve ever tasted. So good that it didn’t even need barbecue sauce….which is saying a LOT coming from a condiment lover like me!!

At the end of the day, the pulled chicken was probably the BEST part of the day. When Aaron Rodgers is out, there’s not a whole lot to see. Or at least not much you want to see….even I can tell you that much!!

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
4 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 c. water
1 c. cider vinegar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar 
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard  
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
4 garlic cloves, minced
barbecue sauce (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients (except barbecue sauce) in a slow cooker and cook over low heat until meat is tender and shreds easily. *I used a Nesco Cooker on the slow cook setting.
2. If you are using barbecue sauce, mix in desired amount.
3. Serve with your favorite sandwich rolls and sides.


Here are some of my other favorite game day sandwiches!



  1. says

    This saved me in a pinch last night! I had plans to use up some shredded, cooked, chicken by making soup. In the early evening I went to grab stock for the soup only to realize I only had half of what I needed! Grrrrrr. A quick online search turned up this recipe. I had about a pound and a half of shredded chicken, so I quartered the ingredients for the sauce and put them all in a large sautee pan. Then added the chicken, reduced the heat and let it cook until the sauce was reduced and thickened a bit. In 10-15 min dinner was on the table (served on the home made rolls we were going to eat with the soup.) So if you don’t have time to make this in the crock pot, it is fantastic for using up rotisserie chicken and comes together very quickly for a low-maintenance dinner. :D

  2. Joanne says

    This chicken looks so delicious, and reading through the ingredients, it sounds good without the barbecue sauce.


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