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Slow Cooker Keto Pulled Chicken

Juicy chicken dripping in bbq sauce, this Slow Cooker Keto Pulled Chicken is a house staple – for good reason. It’s super easy to throw together when short on prep time, and comes in at just 5.2g net carbs per serving! Load it onto Keto buns for an epic Keto sandwich the whole family will love!

Pulled chicken on two chaffles.
Keto Pulled Chicken on Classic Keto Chaffles

This post was originally published on September 2, 2018, and has been updated with fresh content and images, plus we’ve added a video!

This bangin’ recipe was created 3 years ago and still to date is one of our favourites. I mean, it’s got the whole package! Super easy? Check. Totally delicious? Check. Low in carbs? Check. It also reheats great if you have leftovers, or freeze some for a dinner later on down the road. I know you’ll love this Keto Pulled Chicken as much as my family and I do!

Ingredients

All ingredients used to make Keto Pulled Chicken.

Chicken – I prefer thighs in this Keto Pulled Chicken, but breast works too. You can either buy them boneless and skinless, or remove the bones and skin yourself.

Sweetener – My sweetener of choice for this Keto Pulled Chicken is Lakanto’s golden monk fruit sweetener. You can use any Keto sweetener you happen to have on hand.

Low Carb BBQ Sauce – I am obsessed with this homemade Low Carb BBQ Sauce. It is super easy to make and perfect for this Keto Pulled Chicken! If you have your own favourite sugar free bbq sauce, go ahead and try it in this recipe.

How to make Slow Cooker Keto Pulled Chicken

Start by heating a skillet on medium high. Combine rub ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir well, then mix in the chicken thighs until evenly coated.

White bowl with seasoned chicken thighs.

When the skillet is hot, sear both sides of the chicken thighs for a couple of minutes on each side.

Cast iron skillet with seared chicken thighs.

Add the chicken to the slow cooker and then cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

Slow cooker with seared chicken thighs.

When there is one hour remaining, remove the thighs from the slow cooker and whisk your choice of barbecue sauce into the chicken juice. Shred the chicken thighs using two forks.

A plate with chicken thighs being shredded with 2 forks.

Return the pulled chicken to the slow cooker and then mix into the sauce.

Slow cooker with shredded chicken on top of sauce.

Cook for the remaining hour.

Slow cooker with Keto Pulled Chicken smothered in sauce and ready to be served.

Make your choice of Keto bread, then load them up with Keto pulled chicken. Enjoy!

Two Keto Pulled Chicken sandwiches on 90 Second Keto Bread.
Keto Pulled Chicken on 90 Second Keto Bread.

Watch the whole thing go down:

Expert Tips

  1. Boneless skinless chicken breast can be swapped for the thighs if you prefer.
  2. Use your favourite sugar free bbq sauce, or make your own Low Carb BBQ Sauce.

Frequently Asked Question

What are the best Keto buns for pulled chicken?

I prefer either 90 Second Keto Bread or Keto Chaffles for this recipe because they are fast and easy to make. Otherwise these Low Carb Onion Buns would be great, or make sliders with Keto Dinner Rolls!

How to store Keto Pulled Chicken

Got leftovers? Keto Pulled Chicken can be refrigerated for 3-4 days in the refrigerator, if kept in an air tight container. It can also be stored in the freezer for up to 4 months!

What goes with Keto pulled chicken?

When I make Keto Pulled Chicken for my family, I will generally make a plate of veggies and Ranch, or pair them with a Caesar Salad or Broccoli, Bacon & Cheddar Salad. Coleslaw is awesome when piled onto the buns with the chicken, or go for something a little more fun and make some Low Carb Onion Rings!

A chaffle loaded with Keto Pulled Chicken.

Slow Cooker Keto Pulled Chicken

Juicy chicken dripping in bbq sauce, this Slow Cooker Keto Pulled Chicken is super easy to throw together and awesome straight up or on Keto buns!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs *see note 1
  • 1 cup Low Carb BBQ Sauce *see note 2

Rub

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp golden monk fruit sweetener *see note 3
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic

Instructions

Equipment Needed

  • Skillet
  • Slow cooker

Directions

  • Start by heating a skillet on medium high. Combine rub ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir well, then mix in the chicken thighs until evenly coated.
  • When the skillet is hot, sear both sides of the chicken thighs for a couple of minutes on each side.
  • Add the chicken to the slow cooker and then cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.
  • When there is one hour remaining, remove the thighs from the slow cooker and whisk your choice of barbecue sauce into the chicken juice. Shred the chicken thighs using two forks.
  • Return the pulled chicken to the slow cooker and then mix into the sauce. Cook for the remaining hour.
  • Make your choice of Keto bread, then load them up with Keto pulled chicken. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. I prefer thighs in this Keto Pulled Chicken, but breast works too. You can either buy them boneless and skinless, or remove the bones and skin yourself.
  2. I am obsessed with this homemade Low Carb BBQ Sauce. It is super easy to make and perfect for this Keto Pulled Chicken! If you have your own favourite sugar free bbq sauce, go ahead and try it in this recipe.
  3. My sweetener of choice for this Keto Pulled Chicken is Lakanto’s golden monk fruit sweetener. You can use any Keto sweetener you happen to have on hand.
  4. I prefer either 90 Second Keto Bread or Keto Chaffles for this recipe because they are fast and easy to make. Otherwise these Low Carb Onion Buns would be great, or make sliders with Keto Dinner Rolls!
 
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
 * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (without bun) | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.5g | Protein: 54.3g | Fat: 34g | Sodium: 1597mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar Alcohols: 7g | Net Carbs: 5.2g
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