Chipotle Pulled Chicken Recipe
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Chipotle Pulled Chicken Recipe

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At our house, low-and-slow recipes have to have kid and husband appeal, plus good marks for nutrition. This chipotle chicken wins in both categories. Use leftovers for zippy barbecue pizzas or burritos. —Tamra Parker, Manlius, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce plus 1 teaspoon sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 sesame seed hamburger buns, split and toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 298 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 1031mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 14 ingredients; add chicken. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until chicken is tender (a thermometer should read at least 165°).
  2. Remove chicken from slow cooker. Shred with two forks; return to slow cooker. Using tongs, place chicken mixture on bun bottoms. Replace tops.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture and sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Chipotle Pulled Chicken in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 254751
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"I liked the simplicity of this recipe. I omitted the chipolte sauce because it would be too spicy for family; although I would love it. I kept tasting the sauce. I finally added mustard and it seemed to bring the flavors together."

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 253860
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"Great slow cooker recipe! The chicken was tender and flavorful. We served it on sesame buns with homemade slaw on the top. As I was making the sauce, I realized I was short on ketchup, so I used one cup of ketchup and one cup of barbecue sauce and omitted the molasses and red pepper flakes, since the chipotle gave it enough heat for us. This is a perfect dinner option, especially on a hot summer day, and especially when you need something that is quick and no fuss! Delicious!"

PageRD User ID: 5881442 252994
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2016

"This recipe couldn't be any easier and the flavors just POP! I halved the recipe since I was making it for two. Every bite was delicious!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 250084
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"Great flavor with plenty of heat. I substituted honey for the molasses."

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 242533
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"Great recipe to toss in the crock pot in the morning and have it ready for dinner. Couldn't be simpler or tastier!"

Can-d-ray User ID: 8527132 232346
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Had to lower the sodium, which was easy using no sodium ketchup and less soy sauce, tastes great!!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 231520
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"This has great flavor BUT I didn't realize I didn't have any ketchup!! So I used barbecue sauce instead and left out the salt, soy sauce, and molasses. I used honey in place of molasses. The only problem I had was the sauce got a bit runny but that could have been to the fact I didn't use ketchup."

mona4eyes User ID: 6130314 231438
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"This was absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe exactly as written with no tweaks or changes."

Jarvisfamily User ID: 6054418 229891
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"Very tasty & spicy. This has a wonderful flavor. It made a simple dinner for a hot day. I cut the recipe in half & used my small crockpot."

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