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Family summer dinner recipe ideas - honey barbecue pulled chicken made in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Big on flavour but low on effort, this easy slow cooker recipe has all the smoky barbecue flavour of summer with the stickiness of the honey. A perfect fakeaway for family and friends without the hours of cooking.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Family Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 311 kcal

Ingredients

  • 600 g Chicken breast See notes
  • 6 tbsp Tomato ketchup
  • 4 tbsp Runny honey
  • 3 tsp Mustard powder
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • 4 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cider vinegar (or other vinegar)

Instructions

  1. Heat the slow cooker to medium.

  2. Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of the slow cooker.

  3. Mix the ketchup, honey, mustard powder, water, sugar and vinegar together. Pour all over the chicken.

  4. Place the lid on and cook for 3-4 hours (or 6-8 hours on low).

  5. OPTIONAL: If the sauce is to thin, remove the chicken breast and set aside. Reduce the sauce down on the hob, by heating over a medium heat for a few minutes, until a spoon leaves a trail at the bottom of the pan (like in the video above). Add the chicken back into the sauce.

  6. Shred the chicken and mix into sauce.

Recipe Notes

Chicken:
Be careful not to overcook chicken. Chicken thighs are usually OK but chicken breast can dry out if cooked for too long.

Add more veg:
If you fancy some extras with your chicken, you could add onion or peppers for flavour and vitamins. 

Batch cook:
Feel free to double the ingredients and make another batch for the freezer for another day. Always a win for your future self! 

Sauce:
If your sauce is too runny and thin, don't worry. See the OPTIONAL point in the recipe method as you can simply reduce the sauce down for the ideal consistency.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Honey Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Amount per Serving
Calories
311
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
96
mg
32
%
Sodium
 
383
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
656
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
34
g
38
%
Protein
 
33
g
66
%
Vitamin A
 
161
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.