Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

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This Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken only takes a few minutes to get ready in the morning. When you come home it’s only a few more minutes to turn it into gooey cheesy saucy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.

Did you know that the modern-day slow cooker owes its origins to a Lithuanian grandmother? The story goes that Irving Naxon remembered his grandmother talking about a dish she used to make in a bakery. But not in the bakery’s oven. It was cooked over the oven.

She would place the cooking vessel on top of the oven overnight where the fading heat would cook it slowly, making it perfectly cooked by morning.*

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


This Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken recipe pays homage to the slow cooker’s bakery history by slow cooking the chicken and then sliding it into soft squishy buns.

This recipe is perfect for when you’re having company over but don ‘t have a lot of time to fuss. In the morning, measure the sauce ingredients straight into the slow cooker and add the chicken. Turn it on and walk away.

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


Before it’s time to serve your guests, turn on the broiler. While it heats remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks. Then return it to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce. Toast the buns under the broiler and then use tongs to place chicken from the slow cooker onto the buns. Top with mozzarella cheese and put them back under the broiler just until it’s melted.

Keep your eye on the sandwiches so that they don’t burn. While the cheese is melting, cut up some cucumbers, tomatoes, and other cold veggies. Dinner is served!

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

If you’re looking for more make-ahead chicken recipes for a crowd like this one, try this Make-Ahead Grilled Chicken for a Crowd. You bake the chicken pieces first, slowly. Just before serving they get finished on the grill. Easy, juicy and delicious.

Grilled Chicken for a Crowd

Here’s my Pulled Chicken Sandwiches recipe:


Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


This Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken only takes a few minutes to get ready in the morning. When you come home it’s only a few more minutes to turn it into gooey cheesy saucy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. tabasco
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar (white or cider)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs or a mixture
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 burger buns


  1. Put the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, tabasco, vinegar and salt in the slow cooker. Stir well.
  2. Add the chicken. Stir until well coated.
  3. Cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 on low. Check that the internal temperature is at least 165F on an instant read thermometer.
  4. Preheat broiler.
  5. Remove chicken pieces from the sauce. Whisk the dijon mustard into the sauce. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken. Return chicken to sauce.
  6. Split open the burger buns. Put them cut side up on a large pan and broil until toasted. 2-4 minutes. Remove bun tops from pan and set aside. Pile chicken onto bun bottoms. Top each with 2 Tbsp. shredded cheese and return to broiler until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. Put the bun tops on top. Serve with lots of napkins!


*This info about the history of the slow cooker comes from

6 Responses to “Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches”

  1. KalynsKitchen — August 18, 2014 @ 9:32 am (#)

    Oh my, absolutely droolworthy!

  2. Betsy Barnes — August 15, 2014 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    I love this recipe, especially because it is made in the slow cooker and I use it every week! I like the ingredients you use to add that BBQ sauce flavor. I am going to give this one a try, hubby will love it :)

  3. Heather — August 15, 2014 @ 10:24 am (#)

    This recipe sounds awesome and so easy!! I have always made pulled pork, now I’m going to have to try pulled chicken!!

  4. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen — August 8, 2014 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    These look awesome! I love t&t slow cooker recipes, and the method here is similar to what I do for French dips. Low maintenance and delicious. Pinned to try soon!


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