Pulled chicken

Pulled chicken

It's beyond easy to make a tender flavorful chicken in the slow cooker or on the stove. The perfect keto dinner with sour cream and crispy vegetables.

Pulled chicken

It's beyond easy to make a tender flavorful chicken in the slow cooker or on the stove. The perfect keto dinner with sour cream and crispy vegetables.
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1 1 yellow onion, finely choppedyellow onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup 60 ml water
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp chipotle powder or chili powder
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 2 lbs 900 g boneless chicken thighs
Serving
  • 113 cups 325 ml crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 10 oz. 275 g lettuce
  • 3 3 avocadoavocados
  • 2 2 scallionscallions
  • fresh cilantro

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Mix the ingredients for the marinade directly in the slow cooker and combine. Add the chicken and stir. Set the slow cooker on high heat for 3 hours or low heat for 5 hours.
  2. When the chicken is ready, pull apart the meat with two forks into small stringy strips in the slow cooker and stir to mix with the cooking juices.
  3. Serve with finely chopped scallions, avocado, fresh cilantro, lettuce and a generous dollop of crème fraîche or sour cream.

Can I make pulled chicken without a slow cooker?

If you don't have a slow cooker you can use a spacious heavy-bottomed pot. Mix the marinade, add the chicken and combine well so the meat is covered. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to medium-high. The chicken should simmer for 1.5-2 hours with the lid on. Flip the chicken fillets halfway through and further lower the heat. Add water if needed.

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19 comments

  1. T
    Are the measurements correct?
  2. 1 comment removed
  3. Luke
    thanks for this - looks great! any idea what kind of times to cook this in a pressure cooker?
    Reply: #4
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    thanks for this - looks great! any idea what kind of times to cook this in a pressure cooker?

    Boneless chicken cooks very quickly in a pressure cooker. 10 to 15 minutes will be sufficient.

  5. Cynthia
    Re: T’s question about the measurements being correct — One tablespoon of salt seems like way too much for 2 pounds of chicken. I’d start with less, perhaps 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and add more according to taste. You’ll also be getting sodium from the tamari and tomato paste.
  6. James
    Agreed about the salt measurement. 1 tbsp is too much for this.. 1 tsp would be much better.
  7. 1 comment removed
  8. Patty
    can you triple this recipe and put it all in a slow cooker? i made this the other night ... didn't have chili powder, but had chili sauce and it was delish
    Reply: #9
  9. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    6lbs of chicken would require a large slow cooker but other than that, it should work just fine.
  10. Patty
    thanks, Kristin! I have a huge Instant Pot, so should do the trick
  11. Ivy
    Love this! Make it all the time now
  12. Mark
    Letting this simmer on the stove, although easy, may not get the right steady temp. What would be the temperature if I slow cooked this in the oven? 280 F / 135 C? Thanks.
    Reply: #13
  13. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Letting this simmer on the stove, although easy, may not get the right steady temp. What would be the temperature if I slow cooked this in the oven? 280 F / 135 C? Thanks.

    We have not tested this in the oven.

  14. Elsa
    I made this and it was so salty I couldn't finish it,
  15. Lorie
    Wish I would have read the comments about the salt seemed like too much so I didn’t put the whole TBL in it. Too late now though it’s sll in the pot☹️
  16. Lorie
    Smelled so good, but WAY TOO much salt....now to come up with a replacement dinner
  17. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Thank you all for leaving your feedback! This recipe has now been adjusted for a lower amount of salt.
  18. Tina
    This was delicious, it's hard to find chipotle seasoning in Perth, I used smokey paprika and chili flakes instead and then discovered I had a bottle of chipotle liquid with no added sugar so put a bit of that in. The lettuce, avocado and creme fraiche with it made it feel quite indulgent, I used the lettuce cups as "wraps" or San Choi Bow style with the avo and creme fraiche on top.
  19. Emily
    a lot of people are talking about the salt measurement but did anyone find the chili to be overpowering? 3 tbsp made it so spicy as to be inedible. Was there a typo?
  20. Lauren Clark
    I don't have any red wine vinegar what could I substitute for this?
    Thank you
    Reply: #21
  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I don't have any red wine vinegar what could I substitute for this?
    Thank you

    You may find this helpful.
    https://tastessence.com/red-wine-vinegar-substitute

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