Lazy/Busy Person’s Pulled Chicken

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This day-ish 2 years ago, I was blogging about a fancy raw vegan dinner after which I had trouble drawing a deep breath because I didn’t know I can’t have tree nuts yet—especially not the raw ones. Good times. A year before that, I was blogging about a lunch that involved soy chicken.

Funny how times have changed. These days, I like my soy to be recognizable as soy and for my chicken to be real chicken—preferably organic.

IMG_2720Today I decided to be a real adult and bust out the slow-cooker. After a little too much plant-based protein this week (chickpeas, black beans, black-eyed peas…) I needed some freaking meat. Maybe I had to google how to “pull” chicken, but man, I’m glad I did. Calling this a recipe is basically a joke. It was almost too easy…


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless organic chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (you could be fancy and make your own, but I left it up to Trader Joe’s this time)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Mix water and barbecue sauce together.
  2. Pour some of the sauce/water mix in and then the chicken and then the rest of the liquid.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, use two forks to “pull” it. Aka tear it apart from itself, but gently.

Hm. I have a BFA in writing, for f***’s sake. You’d think I’d be able to come up with a better description for how one pulls chicken…I guess I’ll have to work on that and get back to you.

Do you have a slow-cooker? What do you like to use it for? 

7 thoughts on “Lazy/Busy Person’s Pulled Chicken

    Kaitlin said:
    July 14, 2013 at 1:05 am

    We love making BBQ pulled pork or pulled taco chicken, perfect for some nachos or burritos. After throwing the pork loin or chicken breast in for awhile, there’s a nice juicy and tender result!

      Jess responded:
      July 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I think pork loin is the next thing I want to try. I hardly ever crave it but it’s been so long since I’ve had it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    returntoyourroot said:
    July 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    To answer your question, I use my slow cooker at least 3 times a week. Whether making a batch of beans, or just leaving a whole bunch of stuff in it to meld together throughout the day, I could not live without it- it’s probably my favorite appliance 🙂
    On another note, I really appreciate hearing about someone else transitioning back to omnivorous living. After going through some extremes in dieting, I have realized that the best way to live is through moderation and I have to admit the culture of bloggers kind of make me feel uncomfortable with my decision sometimes. Now when I buy meat I always make sure I know exactly what farm it came from and how it was raised and having it a couple times a week works for me 🙂 Thanks for another great post 😉 (oh and yeah the pulling chicken process is sort of a no-brainer so I don’t blame you for your struggle 😉

      Jess responded:
      July 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Thank you so much for your comment! At times, I’ve debated over how to approach that transition without alienating people, so it makes me happy to hear your thoughts. I tend to think we need to tune in to what feels right for ourselves and honor that.

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