Pulled chicken (instead of pork)

While I love pulled pork it does take a fair bit of time and effort to make even in a slow cooker – I wanted something to do with the chicken thighs I had in the fridge and decided to try pulled chicken instead of pork.

pulled chicken


1 large onion diced

3 cloves of garlic minced (add extra if you like it garlicky)

Paprika (smoked or Hungarian or any kind for that matter)

1/2 tsp hot sauce (optional)

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (I suppose you can use breasts as well but dark meat is more tender)

1/2 – 2/3 of a cup of BBQ sauce (store bought or homemade – I used Diana Sweets original recipe)


Sauté onion and garlic till soft (about 5 minutes), add the paprika and stir till all coated.  Season the thighs with some pepper (I don’t add salt as the sauce has enough – but if you like salt add it to the thighs now).

Put chicken in the skillet over the onions, garlic and paprika and mix so chicken has the onion coating. Sear one side of chicken and then turn over and sear the other side coating that side as well with onion mix.

Add BBQ sauce – 1/2 cup – use more if you like – I just wanted enough to flavour the chicken.

Stir everything together so chicken is well coated. Cover pan and put in an oven at 350 degrees for 80-90 minutes.

Take out and put chicken in a large dish and pull apart using 2 forks.  Just like that –  pulled chicken! Add chicken back into the remaining sauce, mix around and put onto whatever bun/plate/salad you want to eat it with.

I put it in a whole wheat mini pita pocket and ate it as pure comfort food.

The next day I had some leftovers so I made an egg white plain omelette and added some of the chicken and a bit of parmesan cheese on top and had a chicken/egg pizza omelette for dinner.

egg pizza

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