Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


One of my favorite meals has to be hands down a pulled fill-in-the-blank-meat sandwich. Seasoning and sauce gives whatever meat your using the flavor to carry the sandwich on its own without the use of a lot of toppings, and might I add, calories. Using a slow cooker infuses your meat with these flavors for hours at a time without leaving your meat dry or rubbery.

Today I wanted to share my husband’s recipe for pulled chicken sandwiches. It’s simple, only uses a few ingredients, and is damn delicious #imnotbiased.

4 Chicken Thighs (bone in, skinless)
Trader Joe’s BBQ Sauce (enough to cover chicken)
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Brown Sugar
1/4 c water
1 Jalapeno, halved (optional)
Pickled Red Onion (for garnish)
Trader Joe’s Hamburger Buns


  1. For the best chicken flavor, preseason the chicken thighs (or breasts if you’re using) with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar. It’s difficult to mess up the seasoning so use each spice to your taste but no more than a teaspoon of each.
  2. After seasoning your chicken thighs, place in slow cooker and add your jalapeño halves, BBQ sauce, and water and allow to cook on the high setting for approx. 2-3 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, simply cut the meat from the bone (most of it will fall off just nicely) and place on toasted hamburger buns. Garnish with your own pickled red onion and done (see recipe here).
**The jalapeño adds a nice flavor to the sauce but isn’t overpowering.

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