Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken (From FROZEN!)
Late Planners rejoice!! Forget to thaw your chicken, and suddenly feel compelled to meal prep? No worries!
Use your slow cooker and get delicious, flavorful chicken to use in so many different dishes, in just a couple of hours, with very little work on your part! The secret ingredients in this recipe help create tender meat with just the right amount of caramelization and a deep, rich flavor!
- 3 Spritzes Avocado Oil Spray
- 3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (frozen)
- 2 tbsps Dijon Mustard
Spritz your slow cooker with a few sprays of avocado oil spray, and set it to HIGH (make sure it's on slow cook!).
Place frozen chicken breast into slow cooker (no need to separate the pieces)
Pour dijon mustard, honey, and spices into the slow cooker. Use tongs to flip the blocks of chicken to cover with the seasonings.
Cover slow cooker, and cook on high. After 1 hour, check if chicken can be separated.
If it can be separated, divide the chicken into separate pieces now. Continue cooking on high for another 1-2 hours (total of 2-3 hours of cooking time) If it cannot be separated, continue cooking and check it in another 30 minutes.
Cook chicken until internal temperature of the thickest piece of chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant read thermometer. Slow cookers vary, and internal temperature should be your guide for whether it is done.
Once fully cooked, use a ladle to drain off some of the cooking liquid, and reserve in a bowl.
Use 2 forks or clean tongs to pull and separate chicken into desired size pieces.
Add some of the cooking liquid back into the slow cooker with the chicken, and toss to combine.
Move to a glass dish to store in the refrigerator and use for future meals.
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Fresh ChickenThis recipe is delicious with fresh chicken as well, simply reduce the cooking time. Check the chicken for doneness using an instant read thermometer (165 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature) before shredding and storing.
LeftoversStore tightly sealed in a glass container or reusable silicone bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze cooked chicken up to 3 months.
Serving SuggestionsUse pulled chicken to top green salads. Make chicken salad with greek yogurt or mayonnaise, chopped vegetables, fruits, or nuts. Use for quick chicken quesadillas. Add chicken to omelettes Add chicken to quick stir fries.
Use this pulled chicken in this recipe for amazing Avocado Chicken Salad!
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