smoky barbecued pulled chicken

Sometimes when I look at, I just wanna give myself a good shake.

I have cooked pulled pork in the slow cooker loads of times. It is a great party food because you can feed many people at once and well, folks put together their own burgers so essentially all one needs to do is to cook the pulled pork. 

So, why-oh-why have I not done (roughly) the same with chicken?

I guess the main reason was because I had the (mis)conception that the chicken would be dry. I am not a huge fan of chicken breast – sure, I use it a lot because it is such a useful cut of meat, but if I had a choice between breasts and thighs, I would go for the thighs every single time.

But you know, I was so so wrong. We had pulled chicken sliders for dinner tonight and I already want to cook this again very soon.

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The best part of it all (apart from the yumminess of the chicken) was how easy it was to put together. Since I’ve been extra busy with extra classes because of the upcoming exams, I have been trying to think of ways in which I can put dinner on the table with minimum fuss.

In this case, I basically placed the chicken in the slow cooker and once the chicken was cooked, I shredded it and served it with lettuce and cheese in a bun.

These are the (very, very) short instructions on how to cook this dish.

In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the chicken and the barbecue sauce to make a dry rub.

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Coat the chicken with the dry rub.

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Place the chicken in the bowl of a slow cooker, pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken and cover with a piece of baking paper.

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Put the lid on and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or until chicken is tender. 

Cool slightly before shredding the chicken with a pair of forks. 

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Pour the cooking juices into the chicken. Stir to mix. Use immediately, or keep in the fridge until needed.

The chicken can be used in infinity number of ways – I will show more recipes in upcoming posts very soon! πŸ™‚

Smoky Barbecued Pulled Chicken
Yields 4
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For the barbecued pulled chicken
  1. 2 chicken breasts (4 halves)
  2. 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  3. 3 tablespoons onion powder
  4. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  6. 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  7. 2 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  9. 1/3 cup (80ml) barbecue sauce - I used Heinz Smoky BBQ Sauce
For the barbecued pulled chicken
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the chicken and the barbecue sauce to make a dry rub.
  2. Coat the chicken with the dry rub. Place the chicken in the bowl of a slow cooker, pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken and cover with a piece of baking paper. Put the lid on and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or until chicken is tender.
  3. Cool slightly before shredding the chicken with a pair of forks.
  4. Pour the cooking juices into the chicken. Stir to mix. Use immediately, or keep in the fridge until needed.
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This post kicks off a month-long linky party – Little Thumbs Up April 2015 – organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by myself, Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe.

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Tools I love and use in my kitchen:

Tovolo Mini Silicone Tongs – Chili Pepper

Tovolo Stainless Mixing Bowl – Available soon in Tovolo Singapore




 

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